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    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    There have been a few threads recently about the Nikkor 70-300mm VR, so I thought I'd share a few images from the Dubai Rugby 7s tournament with you.

    To anyone who doesn't know about Rugby 7s, it's a shortened form of the game of rugby, played on a full sized pitch with 7 players per side over a shorter time period. It's faster, end to end, and equally complicated to explain the rules - wikipedia is your friend!!!!! Players tend to be smaller as there's less emphasis on the power aspects of the game. No-one in the Pacific Islands takes any notice of that though, as there's plenty of larger specimens from Samoa, Fiji and New Zealand playing!

    As for the 70-300mm VR, it held up pretty well. There are times when you get some slightly strange bokeh and obviously you can't get the isolation of a 300mm f2.8. Luckily I was able to get some pitch side access for the games played by amateurs and local/regional/invitational sides as well as the full International teams on the main pitches. Coupled with a D700 it handled the lower light as the games went into the evening well.

    I used Aperture Priority (yes, I know, not Full Manual and not Shutter Priority) with a minimum shutter around 1/500th to 1/640th and let the auto ISO ride (very liberating!). Most people claim the 70-300mm VR is good stopped down and as long as you don't go too long, but most of these are at or near wide open for reference. Here are a few from my shoot:

    1. f5.6, ISO2800 - Argentina on the attack vs. France

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    2. f5.6, ISO3200 - Argentina vs. France scrummage

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    3. f5.6, ISO2000 - Fijian on the break against England

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    4. f5.6, ISO200 - lineout in an Invitational Semi Final

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    5. f5.6, ISO200 - Wales on the break vs. Argentina

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    6. f4.5, ISO200 - A little Samoan losing the ball in the tackle vs. Canada (early group match, hence the empty stands)

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    7. f6.3, ISO200 - South Africa on the attack

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    8. f6.3, ISO200 - Fly Emirates - The United Arab Emirates team's only try of the tournament

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    9. f6.3, ISO250 - A Fijian offloading in the tackle (I don't think he felt the tackle much!)

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR


    10. f5.6, ISO200 - my favourite of the weekend because of their facial expressions. A member of an old boys team (who I used to play against when I was at school) breaking the tackle to score

    Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR
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    Re: Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    Phil,

    As someone living in Fiji I HAVE to say they are excellent pictures. Seriously, a superb series of photos and I love the B&W conversion.

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    Re: Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    Thanks Grahame

    Fiji lost to England in the end, but were looking fantastic all the way through the tournament.

    I was trying to build up my portfolio over the past year and trying different types of photography. Luckily I was able to get good access at the Rugby and Beach Soccer (literally on the sidelines - fantastic!). This sort of thing is quite accessible in Dubai which is very fortunate. I did feel a little under-endowed compared to the 200-400s, 300s, 400s, and Canon equivalents in the 'pro' community but the 70-300 held its own well!

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    Re: Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    Phil they are a superb set but with the notable shortcoming of not showing any of the NZ players. Gear wise very interesting as I intend to go full frame shortly.

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    Thanks Paul

    What can I say? I covered one game but all the action was at the far end. New Zealand didn't progress to the final so I never shot their game again!

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    Fantastic set of action packed photos in my favourite B&W. Love the expressions on their faces and so pleased to see Wales represented amongst your inspirational images.....more please

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    Thanks Joanne - Wales did pretty well but had a young side out.

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    Re: Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    Sorry mate, but my problem with these is a lack of colour. For me anyway it's an absolute must for sports photography. The way I see it is, it's the way I identify teams That's what I would initially look for. but it seems to me anyway it's something that's quite important for the viewer.

    That's the negative out of the way. As said before I enjoy sports photography and rugby sevens is a particularly fast moving game which makes it difficult to capture. But, these images have certainly captured the spirit and energy of the game.

    Cheers for now

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    Re: Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    No problem, Gary - I have colour too

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    Re: Rugby 7s with the 70-300mm VR

    For me anyway, that makes a huge difference. Just to add to my thoughts. I guess were I'm coming from is that I see B+W as a more contemplative, thought provoking way to take photographs. If say, it was in a full rugby game and a kicker was about to take an important penalty. Then maybe in B+W an image of his/her face deep in concentration would work better. But, for something like rugby sevens which is a dynamic, intense and fast moving game then I think for me anyway it's better reflected in colour.

    I think that your B+W work works really well in the other images that you post of people and places which I think lean towards a more reflective, contemplative and thoughtful approach. That's how I view B+W working at its best. That's just my opinion though. As other people in the post enjoy the B+W shots.

    Cheers for now

    Gary

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