Yesterday was day one of a two-day (Thursday, Saturday) Xmas tournament at the local high school. Four schools, three levels (freshman, JV and varsity) playing six games yesterday, two of each level. I shot all six games starting at 10:30 AM and ending at 9 PM. Boy, was I beat!
I strobed the gym with two sets of strobes. The usual set of AB800's in the corners at the end I was shooting from, with the strobes pointed into the corners to get a nice bounce. At about midcourt on either side, I set up a pair of speedlights pointed toward the lane at the far end.
For shooting at the near end I used a D3 with a 70-200 f/2.8, and occasionally a 24-70 f/2.8. This had a PocketWizard Plus II to trigger the AB800's. For shooting the far end I used a D7000 with a Sigma 120-300. A PocketWizard MiniTT1 on the D7000 triggered FlexTT5's that the speedlights were mounted on, giving TTL exposure control. For some reason these were coming out really hot, so I dialed in a stop of -EV.
Originally I was planning to have the AB800's fire along with the speedlights when shooting the far end for extra fill, but I discovered that they caused a bad reflection off the front of the stands on the far end, so I went with just the speedlights.
Anyway, here are a few shots from one of the games. I'll post a few more over the next day or so as I process the images.
I ran these through Topaz Adjust's "Photo Pop" filter just for fun.
Nice results, Jon. #1 is my favorite. Those all-day basketball tournaments are fun even though they are a bit of a drain on human resources! I like the fact that they give a photographer a chance to try out a number of things within a short span of time.
I've done that for wrestling, but never basketball. Tough - good for you. As I recall the temperature of the strobes and speedlights are both around 5600, right? Nikon doesn't publish such numbers last I knew, but it's pretty easy to determine.
In the last shot what are the reflections on their legs? Almost looks like reflections from a pool, but I'm guessing they're from the shiny stands you mentioned, although they're at a bit of an angle.
Since I was using different cameras for the near and far shots, I could use different WB for each. I set the far end to "flash" and the near end to a preset WB. Since the near end was bounced, the color was influenced by the off-white color of the wall, necessitating the custom WB.
I think the reflections are from the floor. It's a well-polished wooden floor, and I think you are seeing reflections from that. Since the floor isn't perfectly even, neither are the reflections.