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22-MAR-2005 Steve Pepple

March 22, 2005 - Volleyball Ballet

Pinckney, Mich.

My first attempt at shooting sports, despite 25 years as a journalist. I learned a valuable lesson
tonight. It's not easy shooting sports. Bad lighting conditions and fast action make it a very difficult
job. Much easier shooting the murderers and rapists on the perp walk when I was a young reporter/photographer.

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Guest 24-Mar-2005 06:40
Nice action shoot. You could try using iso 1600. A little bit of noise but I think you could handle with that lens f2.5. I have some basketball shoot with iso 1600 and using my 70-300 mm 4-5.6 lens, even though I guess I need a lens like yours :-D
Guest 24-Mar-2005 03:50
WOW, I like this. They do look very graceful!
Leo Charette23-Mar-2005 16:13
Nice action shot for a first try. I agree, it is tough shooting action in poor lighting. 800 ISO looks pretty good here though.
Doug Saucier23-Mar-2005 14:17
Very Nice, if you would like a challenge, try shooting Ice Hockey! Going from bright to dismal in 200 feet! Having a f/2.8 lens helps, but that wide open lens creates a shallow DOF. I have gone to center focus only on all of my indoor sports photography. On my DR I have gone to mostly 400 ISO using a 100mm f/2.0 USM or a 200mm f/2.8L and using shutter priority set at 1/500 or higher if possible.
Pepe Zyman23-Mar-2005 05:25
Nice action shot.
Gayle P. Clement23-Mar-2005 05:24
You did a great job of this, Steve.
scott clarke23-Mar-2005 02:34
Sorry about the typo.
scott clarke23-Mar-2005 02:32
I think this is a good action shot. As you said lighting and speed make it very difficult. I have only done sports once and it was twenty yeras ago. At the time I used 1000 asa film. I have been loosing my mind for two weeks trying to get them in condition to up load. Regards!

This photo may also look nice in B&W.
Guest 23-Mar-2005 02:19
Not too bad, Steve. I haven't gotten a handful of decent shots of Josh's wrestling meets this year. Hope you will be shooting more indoor sports.... I'd like to learn from you!
Guest 23-Mar-2005 02:10
It is difficult, but this looks great. High School sports are the toughest, since the lighting usually isn't as good as professional sports.