>Very nice, Perrone. After seeing these, I'm definitely taking >a 300-mm to the first home game at the high school. Of course, >I'll be shooting at ISO 5000, but such is life in the bush >leagues. >
If you want to get good shots at the far end, AND you are going to be shooting at ISO 5000, then you want to fill the frame as much as possible. I tried to shoot at 420mm and I just couldn't track the ball well enough. Probably would have been ok if I was just staying on a player. I will try that at the next women's game.
Makes sense. I'll try it both ways and see how it works out. I'll be using a Sigma 120-300 f/2.8, which probably doesn't snap to focus quite as quickly as a Nikon 300 f/2.8. So maybe tracking a player is my best strategy.
I note that all of these were shot at 1/500 or 1/640 except the last one shot at 1/1000. My recollection is that you consider 1/500 a no-no at this level of play and that you normally shoot the men's game at something like 1/1250 to prevent blurring of the action.
>I note that all of these were shot at 1/500 or 1/640 except >the last one shot at 1/1000.
>My recollection is that you >consider 1/500 a no-no at this level of play and that you >normally shoot the men's game at something like 1/1250 to >prevent blurring of the action.
Quite true. And I'll tell you why I do it. In post-game I often have to submit some shots within 15-20 minutes after the match. By moving down to the 1/500 range I am able to get a few shots that can be sent quickly with exposures bright enough to not need any work in Lightroom.
If I wasn't working on deadline, I'd shoot EVERYTHING at 1/1000 for the men, and 1/800-1/1000 for the women. I find that 1/500 is just too slow for this work. And my 300/2.8 is not VR, and I am hand-holding. So I rarely get the VERY sharp sharp photos I like unless I move the shutter speeds up.
>Which do you prefer, the D800 or D600?
Honestly, for this work I prefer the D600 most of the time. But the D800 just gives me SO MUCH crop room.
We all have our individual likes and dislikes. For example, I have a different viewpoint on #5 than Chris. I like this shot and would not toss it. There's more action going on there than in #1 or #3, and the facial expressions are good. in fact, I get a big kick out of the facial expression on player #50. I vote for keeping #5.
Opinions are always interesting and usually appreciated.
The player with the ball is an All-American PG and rarely drives baseline, so I wanted that shot. I captured it with his limbs intact I think, but I cropped it this way because I felt it was a more powerful composition.
I would note that limbs are cut off in most of my shot presented here (1,3,4, 5). As well as those in Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Getty, etc. It's a choice in regards to composition. If the feet or legs are not assisting the story, it's pretty common to crop them out.
But again, different people like different things so I like hearing what works for different people in terms of impact of a photo.
Sat 15-Dec-12 03:09 PM | edited Sat 15-Dec-12 03:35 PM by PerroneFord
>These really have a "in your face" kind of closeness >I never manage to get even at the same perspective distance.
>Besides better captures, is it that tight crop? Maybe I'm >way too tentative at how tight.
I don't think my captures are better. And from looking at your shots, you can get baseline positions I cannot. I've got TV guys who get the prime spots next to the post, and then the staff photographer, and sometimes the local paper. So I get pushed to the outside a lot. Compounded with the fact that when sitting on the "home side", we are all sitting on the "right" of the post since they sell floor seats on the baseline on the left side... where most of the action is.
All that aside, I think I have a few advantages.
1. The venue is different. My backgrounds are a LOT further away than yours and that gives a better feeling of isolation to my shots.
2. My background is very dark, which again assists isolation and removes distractions.
3. Crop tight. Fill the frame with the athletes. In general, I want the viewer to see what color the eyes are of the players. I remember looking at one of my crops and then seeing that the logo on her uniform was unraveling and a long thread was loose. Get us IN THERE.