I have finally gotten around to editing the photos I took of the second volleyball match at Butte College during the tournament held there on September 19. The contest was between Butte College and Ohlone College. The Roadrunners defeated Ohlone 3-0 after dispatching Hartnell College by the same score earlier in the day. At the conclusion of the the Butte victories another volleyball contest between Hartnell College and Lassen College was still being played in the same gym. The game was nearly complete, but I stopped by and took some shots in the few minutes remaining.
All images were shot with D700 + 80-200 f/2.8. Exposure was manually set at 1/500 and f/4 at ISO 8000.
Feel free to comment.
1. I didn't generate many keepers in the match with Ohlone, so I'm posting just this one and #2 from that contest.
3. This photo and #4 are from the Hartnell/Lassen match. I have the impression that Chris (Aqualung) favors this type of volleyball shot, so I'm posting them as a return favor for the two-feet-off-the-ground shots he has posted in the past for my benefit.
Thanks. Maybe there is more than one Bob who, like me, is fond of sports photos where players are shown with both feet off the playing surface at the same time. Bob of Norcross, GA is the only other Bob that comes to mind at the moment, but I don't know if he dotes on that type of photo.
You came to mind last night when I shot a volleyball match at a small-town high school in another county. I don't normally drive that far for a volleyball event, and this was my first visit there. The gym had a lighting system similar to the one you encounter at NHS. As soon as I entered the gym I knew that I had a challenge on my hands. I had to crank up the ISO to a nose bleed setting. I came out of it reasonably intact with some good action shots, but it remains to be seen how well I can deal with the color change issues when I commence editing the RAW files. It's likely that I will add this school to my list of schools to be boycotted until the gym lighting system is upgraded.
Yeah, with the D700 I've used I SO settings up to 12,800 and still been able to obtain acceptable results. My primary concern in this case is not with the high ISO setting but with the color changes that occurred from frame to frame. Obtaining the correct white balance will be a challenge. I made a custom white balance setting with the camera before play started, but with the ancient lighting system the color still changed with each successive frame.
I'm not yet fully persuaded that I need Lightroom, so for the present I'm sticking with Elements 10. I'll see what Adobe Camera RAW can do for me in the way of adjusting the color temperature as needed. I've already processed one image in ACR where the white balance appeared normal without any adjustment of color temperature. The color temperature in that case was 3550, so perhaps I can use that as a basis for adjusting other images, many of which have a significant reddish hue.
I read somewhere that Lightroom uses the same version of Adobe Camera RAW as Photoshop. My Elements 10 has ACR version 126.96.36.199. I don't know how that version compares with what you have, but I suspect that Lightroom might have a later (better?) version. I still haven't come up to speed yet on adjusting WB, but I'm working on it. Onward and upward!
I see that the Nikonians website is back to normal this morning after the big malware scare. I just received an official communique from Nikonians support that "It's all OK now." I responded with the following query: "Were visitors to the Nikonians website ever actually subject to malware or was this all a tempest in a teapot? I'm very curious."