It was senior day/night for the Fighting Beavers/Lady Beavers at the school I shoot at. The soccer field has no lights. The girls game was played at 5pm and the boys at 7pm. Senior festivities were held in between the games. The opposing teams were the biggest rivals in the county the Potters. Both home teams (The Beavers, in red and white)came out winners, the girls 2-0 and the boys 3-2.
They brought in portable lighting for the boys game. Noisy, stinky, very poor light output, uneven coverage and dark end zones. Dark on both sides of course. Four lights on either side with four bulbs on each light stand. Not very high in the air. Ten minutes into the game, a bluish gray haze started to consume the field as the exhaust from the lighting generators mixed with the heavy moist air (it has rained here off and on all week).
The first 4 pics are straight out of camera except for downsizing for here. The others are cropped, corrected and sharpened. You can see by the third pic in the OOC shots all the higher the lights were. The game was played a lot at mid-field and the pics shot there are pretty much junk. The shots toward the goal, some are not bad as the players were in a "sweet spot" between the lights. I had thought about going behind the end line, but it was really dark there and I did not want to step in a hole and end up on the ground. You are not really allowed to shoot from the ends, but I have only every been stopped from doing that one time. Turning the flash on made it worse from the reflection into the haze. The first pic is at ISO 6400, 1/400, F2.8. The second is ISO 6400, 1/400, f3.2. The third is ISO 5000, 1/320, f3.5. All set in Manual Mode with Auto WB. The lens was the 80-200mm f2.8.
These were shot loose purposely to show the high ISO effects and the crop-ability (is that a word) of the D7000. Not quite as good as the newer full frame cameras, but respectable. The only noise reduction used is what came in my Elements 8 set at setting 8.
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#2. "RE: For Rex Deal.... ISO 6400 on the D7000" | In response to Reply # 0reuben Nikonian since 21st Jan 2004Mon 01-Oct-12 08:31 PM
Welcome to the dark side!
Shooting into the lights, especially low lights, can cause the effect in #3, with our without smoke from generators, grills, or anything else if there's sufficient moisture in the air. All those little water molecules become little prisms scattering the light. So the solution is to not shoot into them.
I've done a couple of moon shots a well, since it's been near full.
Looks like the cropping worked well.
#3. "RE: For Rex Deal.... ISO 6400 on the D7000" | In response to Reply # 0kuzzy Nikonian since 12th Dec 2005Mon 01-Oct-12 11:39 PM
Seems like that is a theme for the senior day/night at that school. If my memory serves me well this event is always a tough one for you to shoot do to the same general problems every year. Looks like you have made the best of a terrible situation, for photos that is. Amazing how just that little extra light in the second shot made quite a bit of a difference from a noise point of view.
Nice moon shot too. Just last Friday night when I got off work (10:30 PM) I almost got out the tripod and started shooting the full moon because of the clouds that where passing all around it in a similar fashion as your shot. Good thing you had that extra light or they probably could not have even played the game
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#4. "RE: For Rex Deal.... ISO 6400 on the D7000" | In response to Reply # 0kwb49 Nikonian since 27th Dec 2007Wed 03-Oct-12 09:55 AM
Thanks guys. Yes, it seems the boys want to play under the lights, the girls not so much. A few years from now there will be better light as the tax payers approved a matching levy past election and they will be building a new school starting in the spring.
When I saw what was going on with the moon and the clouds, I couldn't resist taking a shot or two.
#6. "RE: For Rex Deal.... ISO 6400 on the D7000" | In response to Reply # 5kwb49 Nikonian since 27th Dec 2007Sun 14-Oct-12 08:16 PM
Rex, they must be good enough, as I have sold several out of this gallery due to it being a HUGE local rivalry. And I know that ISO 6400 is good in the gyms, as long as you over expose just as little as 1/3 of a stop to aid in the clean up when you run any noise reduction program.
#7. "RE: For Rex Deal.... ISO 6400 on the D7000" | In response to Reply # 6rvd51 Registered since 11th Nov 2011Sun 14-Oct-12 09:28 PM
Keith,one photographer said the 7000 didnt produce photos at high ISO up to his standards. After seeing your pictures, it is cause for debate.
Once again, thanks for posting these pictures. I know the 7000 will be my next camera,