College volleyball: Cal State Dominguez Hills at Chico State
Last Friday night the Toros from Cal State Dominguez Hills came to town to play the Chico State Wildcats who appeared to be the better team. The Toros (7-9) had lost three of their last four matches whereas the Wildcats boasted an overall 12-4 record and had beaten the Toros 14 straight times since 2005. Imagine the surprise of fans when the Toros swept the match 25-19, 25-18, and 25-19!
Acker Gym had sustained damage to the floor, so the game had to be played in older Shurmer Gym where a regular season volleyball match had not been played since 2000. I didn't have a means of setting a custom white balance so went with Auto WB which proved to be satisfactory. The Shurmer Gym floor and lighting system were better than I imagined after learning upon arrival at the scene that the match had to be played in the older gym. However amenities and seating capacity were inferior.
All shots were taken with D700 + 80-200 f/2.8. Exposure was manually set at 1/500, f/4, and ISO 10,000.
Comments are welcome.
1. Chico's hitter #14 was her usual dynamic self as shown here. She of open mouth fame recorded 12 kills.
2. Another blast by #14.
3. A gig for Chico State.
4. #14 also has her mouth wide open when on the receiving end of spikes!
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#1. "RE: College volleyball: Cal State Dominguez Hills at Chico State" | In response to Reply # 0
#2. "RE: College volleyball: Cal State Dominguez Hills at Chico State" | In response to Reply # 1Bob32 Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007Tue 16-Oct-12 04:08 AM
You must be a night owl! Most Nikonians are already in the sack when I typically post photos late in the evening here.
I know that you don’t like to go that high with the ISO setting, but much of the time I am at 8,000 or 10,000 when shooting indoor sports and will go as high as 12,800 if the occasion calls for it.
There was nothing magical about the location from which I shot #2. I was just sitting in the front row of the stands on the sidelines with the zoom set at 92 mm. It’s a low percentage shot. There are lots of shots trashed for every keeper. Fast focusing is necessary. I was never able to pull this shot off with my 85 mm. f/1.8 because the focus speed was too slow. I have a fighting chance with the 80-200 f/2.8 even though it has a screw-drive focus system rather than AF-S. Depth of field is also an issue. That’s why I usually shoot at f/3.5 or f/4, the latter in this case.
#4. "RE: College volleyball: Cal State Dominguez Hills at Chico State" | In response to Reply # 1Bob32 Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007Tue 16-Oct-12 11:07 AM
Correction on what I said about my location when shooting #2. I was actually standing on the sidelines on the side of the court opposite the spectator stands. I was positioned not far from the scorekeeper table.
#3. "RE: College volleyball: Cal State Dominguez Hills at Chico State" | In response to Reply # 0