The volleyball season is in full swing around here, and I've been very busy keeping up with it all. I typically shoot volleyball games at the two main high schools and one state university in town and at a nearby community college. During the season I also usually shoot an occasional volleyball game at two or three other high schools in the area. It's a good thing that I'm retired and have the time to spend in this fun endeavor. It also helps that I don't have a spouse cramping my style by reminding me of all the honey-do jobs that I haven't gotten around to yet because of all the time I spend photographing sports events! However, my understanding lady friend occasionally reminds me that I might be overdoing it at times!
Yesterday's fun adventure took me to nearby Butte College for a volleyball tournament where the home team and three other teams from other areas of the state were competing. I shot the two matches between Butte College and opponents. The accompanying photos are from the contest between the Butte College Roadrunners (white jerseys) and the Hartnell College Black Panthers from Salinas, California. Butte won the match 3-0.
I used my favorite volleyball rig: D700 + 80-200 f/2.8. Exposure was manually set at 1/500 and f/4 at ISO 8000.
Comments are welcome.
1. I shot more gigs than usual in this match. This is the first of three pictured here.
2. Love those spikes!
3. I liked this gig although player #7 seems to be bored by it all.
4. Setter #12 was very busy throughout the match. Note the humorous roadrunner sign in the background.
I'm belatedly adding another shot from the match to this post. This is my sneaky way of bumping this post back up to the top of the list in hopes of soliciting at least one response from viewers, thereby erasing that goose egg in the Replies column. Heh-heh!
I agree nice shots. The exposure and sharpness are good.
I occasionally shoot some sideline sports photos at the university. I find the shots I like best never fully stop the motion
Leaving the blur in the ball motion or of a hand or foot in my mind's eye helps to replicate the actual action. The trick is to keep everything else sharp. There are occasions where I do want a completely stopped action but is not the usual way I like to shot them. I also like to try and pick the F stop that blurs out the background and yet maintains the sharpness of the primary subject. I have had many a picture where a spectator or teammate has done something in the background to render the photo non desirable.
I would also try a different angle on some of the shots. Try lining up with the net but be up in the stands and shoot down on the blocks and spikes. you might get some interesting perspectives and expressions on the faces
With a D80 you likely have a challenge shooting volleyball games under low light conditions. I used to struggle with a D200. I was skating on very thin ice if I dared shoot above ISO 1600.
I also like shooting from high in the stands where the opportunity presents itself. You’ll note in these photos that the stands were pushed up against the walls to provide space for two volleyball matches to be played at the same time. Therefore, in this case I did not have the option of rising above floor level to shoot the action! If you refer to my post in this forum titled “College volleyball: Chico State defeats Sonoma State” you’ll find that shot #5 was taken from high in the stands. At the moment I’m editing some other volleyball images that were taken from high in the stands.