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Old Jun 7, 2008, 8:21 PM   #1
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Went out last night to shoot baseball, continued to strugle with lighting in the 1930's era stadium. Even shooting with the Sigma 70-200 f2.8, I had to raise ISO to 5000, then use Noiseware to get somewhat acceptable results.

I loved the look exchanged between the baserunners when they found themselves unexpectedly occupying the same base in a run-down situation.

Results were far better before dark

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Old Jun 9, 2008, 8:45 AM   #2
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1 and 4 are really the only shots with any detail and shot 4 doesn't really have anything going on in it. The rest are, IMO, too badly damaged by noise or noise reduction. 3 and 5 have great action at the plate - but the very badly degraded. Judging by the bokeh all these also look to be heavily cropped which doesn't help retain detail.

So, you've caught some nice action but except for 1 I wouldn't consider the rest very usable. Just a sad fact that some situations are just too difficult to get decent shots in. However, the one piece of advice is stop relying on the megapixels and cropping. The results just aren't good enough. That's going to be a tough thing with baseball and only 200mm. But it's the reality of sports shooting - especially in low light. You really want the subject filling 3/4 of the frame in low light. Unfortunately that's only about 60 feet with 200mm. Makes it very difficult to get a lot of usable shots even if you're on the field.
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Old Jun 11, 2008, 9:39 AM   #3
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You def timed the play at home nicely. Ive faced situations like this when I was shooting the D1x..it was simply too much, for the equipmentI had, to handle. At that point you have two options, the way I see it. 1-put it all up and enjoy the game or 2-sportraits like #4.Id concentrate on capturing reaction shots of players to plays being made in the field. There are some gems to be had. For the longest time I was too stubborn to face the fact that my equipment was a limiting factorso Id shoot a couple of hundred shots and spend hours processing them, only to toss them out afterwards. On the positive side, I did get hands on experience and practice on processing techniques and low light shooting. One thing is undeniable-you love to shoot and I admire that!
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