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convergent
07-19-2006, 12:55 AM
This is from a series of posts I did back when I was learning the D2H... I'm reposting it here in hopes that it might help someone.


Here are a few from tonight. Still experimenting with different settings. With all the noise about noise, I hadn't wanted to even try ISO1600, let alone ISO3200. I shot a prior game at ISO1600 and was happy with the results. Tonight I gave ISO3200 a try. All shots were put through Noise Ninja in batch (which means it took me all of about 30 seconds to initate it and came back when done). All shots were quickly processed from the FINE JPEGs.


Shot them all in Manual mode tonight, while I've always used Aperature Priority in the past. I think I got more consistent results this way, but still struggle with certain bright spots around the gym. One thing that is really odd is that several times a burst of a nearly unmoving target had dramatic exposure and color shifts during a burst. In manual mode, and with custom white balance, I don't see why this would ever happen. Not a show stopper, but just hard for me to understand.

Still using AF-C Focus Priority, with AF-ON button only enabled.

D2H, 85mm f/1.8 @ 2, 1/500, ISO3200

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2097_filtered_web_3200.jpg

I just shot a half dozen ISO3200 to see if they were usable. This was the best composition of the bunch. I don't think its bad for ISO3200.

D2H, 50mm f/1.4 @ 2, 1/500, ISO1600

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2124_filtered_web.jpg

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2129_filtered_web.jpg

When the players go up for a layup, there are some spots that are a bit brighter near the rim. I have been unable to find a good way to combat it. I either lose something on the face, or I underexpose the rest. Its a tough one.

D2H, 85mm f/1.8 @ 2, 1/500, ISO1600

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2142_filtered_web.jpg

This one is a little further out and no problem with the bright spot.

D2H, 85mm f/1.8 @ 2, 1/400, ISO1600

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2176_filtered_web.jpg

OK, the photographer overuled the Dad in me... that was my daughter getting stuffed on a jump shot. Never caught one like that before... of course it had to be her getting stuffed instead of the other way around. Guess I'll have to shoot the defensive end now!


D2H, 85mm f/1.8 @ 2.2, 1/400, ISO800, SB-800 (iTTL BM)

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2251_filtered_web.jpg

D2H, 50mm f/1.4 @ 2.2, 1/400, ISO800, SB-800 (iTTL BM)

http://www.collins-home.com/gallery/albums/userpics/girlsbball2004/emma/DSC_2270_filtered_web.jpg

Finally, these are a few using flash. Notice the first one is exposed pretty well, and the second is blowing some highlights. I haven't been as consistent with flash. One thing I just noticed is I usually am a 1/3 stop brighter on this end of the court, so that may have been contributing to it... but it would seem that iTTL could compensate for the difference. I guess I'll try manual flash as well. I fear that this will be futile with the big differences in distance that I deal with. Any suggestions on flash would be helpful.


I think for the next game I'm going to try one of my fast AF-S f/2.8 lenses with the flash to see what kind of results I get. It is fun to learn and try to figure out how to squeeze the exposure.... bottom line... light is light!
All comments are appreciated... as always!

fadeout
07-20-2006, 12:22 AM
Hey mike, how many flashes were you using? I can help you figure out a way to setup your strobes so that it evenly lights the gym.

I'm going away for the weekend, I'll respond when I return.

Have a good weekend.

convergent
07-20-2006, 08:21 AM
These were from a long time ago... it was just a single on camera flash. I would definitely like to talk to you about strobing though.