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Lacrosse

I had the rare opportunity of shooting a lacrosse tournament on a glorious sunny day. There wasnít a cloud in the sky and I knew I was going to get very good shutter speeds for freezing fast motion. So I had to be there.

I initially thought that it was just a high school lacrosse tournament because I saw a lot of young kids around. But I later found out that Michigan was playing Michigan State, for both menís and womenís teams. I was really fortunate.

It was my first time watching a lacrosse game. I had an idea of how the game worked, but I got a much better understanding of the game after covering the event. I was also surprised at how physical the game was. To me it appeared to be just a touch more gentlemanly than American football.

This event was also an opportunity to take my 300mm f/4 AFS for a sports shoot to test its performance. AF-S was a great feature to have especially since I was quite handicapped with my aging D100ís AF motor. AF was a hint faster, smoother and more silent on my 70-200mm f/2.8G AFS VR which I also brought along.

I was pleased with the sharpness and color rendition of the images produced by both lenses. Sharpness of both lenses was comparable. However the 300mm, having a minimum aperture of f/4 didnít produce as much background blur as Iíd liked.

Down the Flank Scramble Start Take That!
Mad Scramble Man Down In the Face Ouch!
Backing In Stab in the Back Dodging Sticks Man Down II
Watch that Stick! Tenacity