It was a really exciting game last Thursday night when the Hamilton High School Braves faced the Durham Trojans in the semi-finals for their division crown. Unlike the contest two nights previous Hamilton this time had some real competition with Durham. In fact, Durham got off to a roaring start and grabbed off the first two sets. It didn’t look promising for the Braves at this point, but they finally got going and swept the next three sets to win the match. This set them up to play in the finals on Saturday. I attended the finals and plan later to post some shots from that contest.
Same gear as usual: D700 + 80-200 f/2.8. Exposure manually set at 1/500, f/3.5, and ISO 10,000.
After my last post the responses that I received indicated that a less aggressive approach to noise reduction was called for. I’m glad that this was brought to my attention. I have revised my NR technique accordingly and have also done some fine tuning of my capture sharpening procedure. I presume that you guys will let me know if any further tweaking of my editing M.O. is advisable.
Comments are welcome.
1. 6’5” middle hitter #!0 was the star of the show as usual. She is shown spiking one here on the way to racking up 27 kills in this 5-set match.
2. Here she is again...
3. ...and still once more.
4. She’s also aggressive in seeking to block shots.
5. A spike by another member of the Braves contingent.
6. We can’t forget the setters.
7. Durham also had some good hitters.
8. Celebratory hugs by the Braves coach and players after the come-from-behind victory.
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#1. "RE: Volleyball: Hamilton wins, advances to finals" | In response to Reply # 0PerroneFord Nikonian since 07th Apr 2011Mon 19-Nov-12 05:08 AM
There are VERY few instances in which I will say this, but after looking at your RAW from the last set, and these less processed files, I think this gym is just too dark for your camera. This is not to suggest that you should go get something else, I am simply making an observation here.
I played some with that RAW and got a result that I felt was tolerable... but just. There is SO much noise, and so little information left that it's essentially impossible to get a result I was pleased with.
I realize you aren't doing this for your job, but if I had your gear, and someone asked me to shoot in that gym, I'd say it's strobes or nothing. In fact, I am facing a shoot in 2 weeks in a building with light levels similar to what you see here. I did not even discuss the possibility of a shoot without strobes.
You can only do so much.
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#2. "RE: Volleyball: Hamilton wins, advances to finals" | In response to Reply # 1Bob32 Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007Mon 19-Nov-12 02:15 PM
I'm in agreement with you that the ancient lighting system in this gym is a bear to work with. Not only is the light level low, but there's the problem of color variation between frames and even across individual frames. There are also lighting hot spots. That's the reason that this gym was on my boycott list for a couple of years. The only reason I returned to shooting in this gym was become of my interest in the unusual 6'5" middle hitter. Otherwise I would have continued to avoid this place like the plague. #10 will be graduating this school year, so it's likely that I will never again see this gym for the remainder of my photographic life!
Under the circumstances I am pleased with the results I was able to extract from this very difficult environment. I have high standards, but it's clear that you have even higher standards. Please realize that I'm an amateur and don't sell anything, so I'm not in the position of having to attain near-perfect results in order to please demanding customers. Most of my "customers" (athletic directors, coaches, players, parents) to whom I give photos are not aware of image shortcomings that might make the hair of pro photographers stand on end!
I didn't realize until now that you received the RAW image that I put into Dropbox and that you were able to play with it, apparently much to your chagrin! I'm glad that it got through to you before Dropbox rubbed me the wrong way, and I deleted it from my computer.