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Wingman Feb 20, 2010 12:26 PM

High School Basketball: another attempt (5 imgs.)
 
I put Mark (1616)'s and John G's counsel to work and came up with these from yesterday's girls' high school game. I bumped up the ISO to 1600 and set the exposure to manual at 1/640th of a sec and f/2.8 aperture. I set the WB to a version of fluorescent, but I was not entirely pleased...should have left it on auto. I did not apply any NR (either in the D300s nor in post processing). At the posted image sizes, it is not so visible, but at larger sizes the would need some NR. The 70-200 f/2.8 is a fine piece of glass:o

I would appreciate any C's & C's. Thanks...Jehan

# 1
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k.../DSC_5259A.jpg

#2
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k.../DSC_5244A.jpg

#3
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k.../DSC_5292A.jpg

#4
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k.../DSC_5282A.jpg

#5
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k.../DSC_5275A.jpg

wolverines Feb 20, 2010 3:18 PM

Nice freezes of action. Are these with or without a flash?

griffina6 Feb 20, 2010 4:15 PM

Nice shots. I like 1, 2, and 3 the best.

In 4 the face is not quite sharp enough and in 5 I always hate when I get the ball either on the floor or almost - makes you wonder if they dropped it.

But overall I like them all - very nice shots!

Andy

Wingman Feb 20, 2010 7:01 PM

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Originally Posted by wolverines (Post 1054718)
Nice freezes of action. Are these with or without a flash?

Thanks Wolverines. These were shot without a flash. Lighting in high school gyms are not great (unlike college or pro arenas). The f/2.8 aperture and high ISO was the only way to freeze the action. I never thought of using a flash due to the distance...should give it a try from the sidelines though.
Quote:

Originally Posted by griffina6 (Post 1054734)
Nice shots. I like 1, 2, and 3 the best.

In 4 the face is not quite sharp enough and in 5 I always hate when I get the ball either on the floor or almost - makes you wonder if they dropped it.

But overall I like them all - very nice shots!

Andy

Thanks Andy for your critiques. I agree with your comment on #4. On #5, I had a burst of shots and a few with the ball higher in the air. I chose that one since it deviated from the traditional. Here is one you may prefer:
http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k.../DSC_5274A.jpg

Hards80 Feb 20, 2010 9:32 PM

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these look good, i really like the timing, you have captured some good action

just seem a tad bit dark, i messed around with it a little, looks better on my monitor

Wingman Feb 21, 2010 9:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Hards80 (Post 1054879)
these look good, i really like the timing, you have captured some good action

just seem a tad bit dark, i messed around with it a little, looks better on my monitor

Thanks Dustin! Your image looks better. A bit OT, but I need to get my monitor calibrated...any recommendations on a "not too expensive" caibration tool?

Hards80 Feb 21, 2010 12:33 PM

the Spyder3Pro is a pretty good value and they have been at it for many years.

Mark1616 Feb 22, 2010 4:30 AM

Now we are talking, much better results so a big pat on the back.

I use the Huey Pro and find it does a great job but the spyder is reported to be right up there at the top.

JohnG Feb 22, 2010 7:26 AM

yep - definitely a big improvement in color - much more realistic. Good job!

Wingman Feb 22, 2010 11:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mark1616 (Post 1055604)
Now we are talking, much better results so a big pat on the back.

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnG (Post 1055653)
yep - definitely a big improvement in color - much more realistic. Good job!

Thanks Mark and John G. I feel encouraged by your comments.


I had to laugh when I went to the game this time: the lady at the ticket desk saw my gear and said, "oh you don't have to pay"...figured I was with the press! There was already a press photographer in there dressed in his photo vest and knee pads (cool idea for a hard gym floor)...that's my ticket to free games: my 70-200 f/2.8, a photo vest and knee pads:D


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