I've pretty much always shot basketball from the baseline. After seeing a gallery someone shot with a long lens from a balcony, I decided to try shooting from a high angle. (Plus, our fearless moderator is always encouraging us to try something different from what we usually do.) No balcony in this gym, so I hied myself up to the top row of the bleachers, down near the end of the court, more or less at the position of the hoop. It was a tough gym for lighting, like most, so I stuck with the D3 and 70-200. (Should have brought the 400/2.8!)
#1 - Tip-off. (I should have cropped the top a bit more to eliminate the bright line of the wall above the seats.)
#2 - From low on the baseline the shooter would probably have been masked by the defenders, but from above I got a clear shot at him.
#5 - Even the free throws are photogenic from above.
#6 - Not bad, but this is a case where I think the shot would be a lot stronger from floor level.
You must have been really high up in the stands! I note that you had your 70-200 zoomed out as far as it would go for these shots. I usually stick to the baseline as well except for one local high school gym that has stands at both ends of the court. I like to perch high up there for basketball games.
My favorite of these is #2. I'm curious about THE ROCK on the ball. That's the first time that I have seen that.
You indicated the other day your intention to recheck the calibration on your monitor. My calibrated monitor is showing a noticeable pink caste on the skin tones in your photos. Even the black player's skin in #5 is showing a pinkish caste. I haven't noticed this phenomenon on any other sports forum photos that I have observed today. Maybe it's a white balance issue.
I was standing on the top row of the stands. As you can see in #4, that put me above the rim but only somewhat.
The Rock... marketing, I guess. I think it was Dick Vitale who popularized that as a slang term for the basketball, and I guess some brand picked up on it. I've seen it several times lately.
Regarding the color... the problem is that the whites are white. (I did a preset WB.) If I try to adjust to make the skin tone better, the other colors get funky. Maybe the lighting is weird, I'm not sure, but I'm not going to sweat it.
Thanks, Perrone and Chris. I think after this experience I'll plan to spend a quarter of each game shooting from up high whenever I can. During the regular season around here, it shouldn't be much trouble finding a spot in the stands in most high-school games.
Nice work Jon. There was a middle school game played at the high school gym last night. There is a stage at the one end of the gym and I shot a quarter from up there. I was able to get some shots of a player I could not for the life of me get from the floor. Can't get up there for most high school games as the kids pack it pretty full. Thanks for the Idea!!