Voters approved a $75 million renovation to the high school to bring it up to "like new" status. They'll be building a new gym and keeping the old one as a secondary gym. If you are interested: https://www.facebook.com/renovatewhs
I run into this guy Ty every once in a while. He shoots basketball year round and has gotten pretty good at it. Last time I saw him was during the playoff tournament and he was shooting with a D700 and 24-70 and 70-200 with good results. When I saw him shooting the other night the whole end of the gym was lighting up. I finally figured out that he hada couple of strobes on the walkway at the one end and above the court. I'm going to try and do the same thing with a couple of strobes clamped to the guardrail on the walkway. The only problem is there is not really anything to bounce off except the ceiling and that is a long way up. I'll have to experiment.
Bob, when there is nothing to bounce off of, I just cross-light the court. I put one strobe in each corner and point each at the top of the key. Obviously, you'll get harsher shadows. Some shots will be ruined, or at least diminished, by shadows of arms etc falling across faces. But you can still get plenty of decent shots.
>Bob, when there is nothing to bounce off of, I just >cross-light the court. I put one strobe in each corner and >point each at the top of the key. Obviously, you'll get >harsher shadows. Some shots will be ruined, or at least >diminished, by shadows of arms etc falling across faces. But >you can still get plenty of decent shots. >
That's the plan but thanks for confirming that's how you do it. When I shoot rec no one is concerned so I use three flashes with one directly behind the basket to fill in the shadows. I don't think I'll get away with that at the high school level.
The gym is a cavernous black hole. I think my last shots were 1/500, f2.8 and 6400 ISO. The D800 is up to the task, I just like to do different things.
Good work! These are much better than average flash shots. The only nit I would pick is based upon my calibrated monitor reporting that the ball and skin tones look a tad reddish in some of the photos.
They're great, eh? Especially when you can bounce them and get that nice wraparound light. I used to bounce mine off the ceiling, using it as a giant softbox, but it looks like you might have enough blue stuff up there to induce a bit of a color cast.
Thanks, Steve. Fortunately, the walls in this gym are a slightly off-white color. Some of the gyms around here have the walls and ceiling painted with the school's primary color. Direct lighting is the only way to go in those gyms.