Our boys HS lost its first game tonight, to the only other undefeated team. Our star center got into foul trouble early - 2 in the first 3 mins or so. As a result, he sat the rest of the half. Despite that, we were only down by 1 at the half.
Couldn't make a basket in the 3rd period...lost 49-58.
Decided to shoot tighter this game...more w/ my 70-200 and changed my Picture Control from Neutral to Standard (Contrast +1).
I really like the tighter shots. I've been trying myself to get that, and find I'm not as fast as I think I should be, and cut off the ball or hands high up at times. I like these, especially the up-close on 2-4, and on #5 the hand pushing off is very nice (you might try a square crop of just the top of the image?).
But I can't tell you how many dunk shots don't show the ball (but a great image of the face), and don't get me started on how often the players make the approach from the wrong side. Don't they KNOW there's a photographer over there waiting, and they should come in facing them?
You got good face visibility here on all of them. Your players must be better trained.
Great action shots! I think #2 is my favorite - intense look! I really like the tight shots, might have to try that next time I'm out. Was it hard to get used to shooting so tight? I can see myself dialing back out to 70 without even thinking about it lol.
>thanks...it does take an adjustment after striving to get the >entire play in the frame...worry about cut-off limbs, etc.
Not to mention it gets me closer under the basket. I had one player land almost in my lap the other night (a very interesting series of shots as she grabbed the ball, jumped, spun to throw it and I have 10fps shots of her head coming right at my lens as she fell to the floor -- bigger, bigger, bigger....
Fortunately she landed just in front of me.
But getting these under the basket shots looking up, and tight, are training my reflexes in more ways than just photography.
w/ my 70-200 VR II, the min focusing distance changed, and I find myself out a little farther now...but even when I'm right under w/ my 24-70 I tend to avoid directly under the basket, esp the boys when they're on a breakaway....as you say, can get dangerous!
Chris ===== D300/D3s & more glass than I dare tell the wife