Last Tuesday night the Pleasant Valley High School Lady Vikings basketball team more than held their own most of the game against the unbeaten Enterprise Hornets. In fact, the Vikings led 46-37 at the end of the third quarter. However, in the 4th quarter the Hornets came on strong as they outscored their hosts 27-10 for a 64-56 victory. PV gets another chance against the Hornets on January 15.
All shots were taken with D700 + 80-200 f/2.8 except #1 where 24-85 f/2.8-4 was used.
The school has a guy who appears at some of the games wearing a hideous looking Viking mascot outfit. I’m sure that no member of the girls basketball team would be seen dead wearing that outfit or anything resembling it!
I have to confess that I am not a fan of flash. I much more prefer the look of images shot with available light. Therefore, I have never even attempted to shoot any sports with flash. In fact, I have seldom used flash for anything else either. I finally got around to buying an SB-600 a while back and have used it just once two years ago at a high school reunion where I didn’t know what sort of lighting I would encounter at the restaurant where the reunion was held.
Sat 22-Dec-12 08:13 PM | edited Sat 22-Dec-12 08:17 PM by Bob32
Without doubt bounced flash shots look infinitely better than direct flash shots which all too often look awful. However, even most bounced flash shots just don’t look natural to me. An exception is Jon’s shot #7 in his “The Big White Box” post. I applaud that image as one of the most natural-looking flash shots I have seen.
Even though my personal taste doesn’t gravitate toward photos produced by use of flash it doesn’t mean that I consider use of flash an undesirable practice. In some cases photographers couldn’t function without flash. I’m thinking, for example, of those with less than high-end equipment struggling to produce sports photos in those gyms we label dungeons. For many of them flash is a necessity.