Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

  1. #1
    Loose Canon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Missouri, USA
    Posts
    2,455
    Real Name
    Terry

    Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    Since I don’t really have much shakin’ right now, I went to my nephew’s basketball game the other day. First graders.

    They were huge fun to watch, but from a photographic standpoint it was truly abysmal!

    There is virtually no separation of the players. Wherever the ball is will be where you will find 10 first graders clustering up. The lighting was horrific, and I was generally shooting into the opposing coach’s rear end! The coaches at this level can be out on the court helping to position the kids.

    Not really knowing what to expect, I went with a 70-200mm and 1.4 teleconverter. That was way too much so I popped off the TC and went from there. I used a bare flash on a bracket. I shot from our team’s end of the court but found I was better off on the opposing team’s end shooting down court.

    I am generally amazed at the throw of a single Speedlite (580 EXII). I was throwing shadows on the far end of the court. This was shot at ISO 640, f/4.0, 1/250. The crop and shop was minimal. A vignette, a bit of local sharpening, some burning of the background, my usual curves, levels adjustments, and that’s about it.

    Now, I really consider this shot to be nothing more than just a family snapper. I know it isn’t going to make “Sport’s Illustrated” (unless maybe the version that is illustrated with crayons!) but please feel free to comment if the mood strikes!

    Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

  2. #2
    Moderator Donald's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Glenfarg, Scotland
    Posts
    19,979
    Real Name
    Just add 'MacKenzie'

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Canon View Post
    I know it isn’t going to make “Sport’s Illustrated”
    Maybe not, but it still beautifully captures the concentration, effort, focused attention. It's sharp. It's in focus. The exposure is good.
    Last edited by Donald; 19th November 2012 at 10:02 PM.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC
    Posts
    18,902

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    You downplay your image way too much. It's quite nice. Consider darkening the bright column and its reflection.

    I'm surprised that you were allowed to use flash. That wasn't objectionable to everyone on the basketball floor?

  4. #4
    jeeperman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Seattle Washington
    Posts
    3,550
    Real Name
    Paul

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    I agree with both Donald and Mike, quite well done if you ask me. The clearity and near 3D outcome is very nice.

  5. #5
    Shadowman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    WNY
    Posts
    30,691
    Real Name
    John

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    Maybe when you add it to a collage in his later years. Don't lose it.

  6. #6
    MilT0s's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Athens, Greece
    Posts
    694
    Real Name
    Miltos

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    Terry your photo is very good.

    Actually everything is good, even the background is not bad at all.

    I like the reflections on the floor and the success of the shallow DoF. You also have a nice shadow on the wall that accentuates the third dimension.

  7. #7
    rpcrowe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Southern California, USA
    Posts
    13,171
    Real Name
    Richard

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    I love the intensity of his expression...

  8. #8
    Melkus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Fayetteville,NC
    Posts
    440
    Real Name
    Paul Melkus

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    Very good captures all seem to be tack sharp

  9. #9
    Loose Canon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Missouri, USA
    Posts
    2,455
    Real Name
    Terry

    Re: Sports Illustrated... (or not)!

    Thank you all for taking the time to view and comment, guys!

    Mike, I have darkened the column (and reflection) a fair amount as it stands. However, I would like to try to go more. I only gave this so much time but I may have to revisit it. At this level of basketball, nothing is very objectionable so flash was no problem. Having a flash firing made absolutely no difference to anyone!

    Miltos, this was what I was talking about when I mentioned the shadows thrown from a flash at this distance.

    Thank you again, everyone.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •