I Shoot People
I thought may be I should post something other than fabulous models for a change. I had the chance to attend a Warriors game a few weeks ago against Cleveland Cavaliers. I was told we had court side seats; so naturally I brought my new 70-200mm VR2 lens; excited that I may get some nice closeup action shots. Wrong! I was not aware that they have a 3″ rule (any lens longer than 3″ are not allowed). This is the 2nd time I was rejected for the size of my equipment (no pun intended; first time was at the Formula One Paddock walk in Singapore). Bummer. As you can see, 28-70mm doesn’t get you much action even from court side seats. Oh well… got to do with what you have at hand. That was one of the three shots I took of the game. Do I just seat there and pout? NOOOOO…
Quickly I found more interesting subjects other than hoop stars. OK, OK, I brought my camera to shoot the cheerleaders. There, I said it. But this being a technical blog, I am going to provide some lesson learned.
– 3″ is the limit. So I will bring my 85mm f1.4 next time. Bigger aperture, slightly longer zoom than my beast (28-70mm f2.8), but shorter than 3″.
– ISO is always a love/hate thing for me when it comes to night time sports. While higher ISO allows you to freeze action with faster shutter speed, it also reduces the contrast. I suppose a full frame camera will do better job than my D300.
– Use continuous auto-focus. No time to focus and recompose.
– Continuous high speed release mode is your friend. Just keep shooting. Things happen so quickly you can’t stop and think. People around me thought I was a paparazzi cause whenever the cheerleaders passes by, my camera comes up like a machine gun. What they don’t know is that I was only shooting 6 frames per second. The D3 I am drooling for shoots 12 fps! Now that’s a UZI. Better start saving and pray that Yen goes down + dollar goes up.
– Argh.. the light. I can’t quite make up the color of the light. It’s kind of a mix between fluorescent and flood light. I had to experiment with WB correction in Nikon NX2 to get a decent color. Even that, I am still not very happy. Cause the light points straight down from the ceiling. This always casts a shadow over people’s eyes. Hate it.
Anyway, enjoy the show. By the way, I think the Warriors won… I think.