Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Basketball Experiment


With large, white, fluffy fakes falling once again in Sofia, I loaded my camera gear into a car and headed down to take some photos of a basketball tournament.  This was the first time out with the Pocket Wizards and the proved to be very useful.  The tournament itself was a great success.  Sportsmanship and the competitive spirit were in perfect balance this afternoon.

  

These pictures were taken at ISO 500 with pocket wizards set up at the corners of the court.  After playing with some different lighting arrangements, Andy Lang helped me to realize that setting one of the electronic flashes at mid-court and pointing it back towards the key while leaving the other flash in the opposite corner created a nice cross light that gave beautiful depth to the players.  Both flashes were set to ETTL and a 70-200 4.0L lens was used.  I shot most of the images at f/4.0 and 1/800th of a second.  This managed to underexpose the ambient by about 1.5 stops and freeze a lot of the motion that was happening.  The most frustrating component of this experience was the focusing.  I used AI Servo to track the players as best I could but I found that my Canon 40D wasn't up to the task.  Many of the images focused a few feet behind the subject.  I did my best to correct for this in Lightroom but it is still obvious in some photos.  In any case, enjoy the photos!

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