As I mentioned last week, some of my photos from last week’s prep basketball game were to be published in the Chapel Hill News. These two made it onto the front page of the sports section, accompanying the article, “Old Friends, New Rivals“.
I took a few hundred shot that day, whittled that down to eight, now on flickr, and the editors chose these. It was a tough shoot for me as I had never shot a basketball game before and I do not have the proper equipment. Anyone have a spare long fast Nikkor AF-S?
My favorite shot is the action shot here. I brought my strobist inspired falsh set up and tried to follow the Strobist On Assignment: Prep Basketball setup. I only have one off-camera flash and could not mount at midcourt (no convenient place to clamp it and no superclamp – yet – to clamp it with). I put it near the front corner of the stands near the baseline, which kept it out of the way, but still close enough to throw some light on the players. The flash was set on half power, aimed directly at the top of the key between the telephoto and wide settings. The ebay triggers were a bit hinky and the recycle time slow, so I gave up using it after a while. The cross light, however, does a great job of separating the players from the background and giving some life to the action.
The other biggest struggle was the same as I had playing sports growing up, Being visually impaired, I have a tough time following the action. The first rule of sports photography is to follow the ball and I had a tough time with it. Similar to most of my photography, but much more obvious, I needed to anticipate the action and shoot some fast frames, hoping to catch the decisive moment. Every time the camera come out, I get a bit better at anticipating. Fast frames will only come with better equipment.If you find this post useful or interesting, please consider buying me a cup of coffee.