New Lens! 6th Grade VolleyBall Tourney C&C welcome

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  1. CMfromIL

    CMfromIL No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Talked the wife into letting me get the Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II. What a difference in low light gyms! Got my ISO down to 3200, able to maintain shutter speeds of 1/500. It was a different gym than I normally shoot in, and the light was even WORSE than normal, but the shots came out very well.

    I need to work more on the much shallower DOF with the 2.8. This was the first time I had taken the lens out. Got a few ooooh's and aaaahhh's from other folks taking pictures. And I had several parents tell me that they appreciate the pictures I take of the team for them. :blushing:

    So here are some of my favorites from the tourney (that we lost. :()

    1. Blocked!

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    2. Eye on the ball. (I was fortunate to get her shoes in the shot. Been working hard to not chop off the feet!)

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    3. Reach that ball.

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    4. Right back at you.

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    5. Coach says you better not miss this!

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    6. Strike a pose....or serve?

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    7. You gotta open your eyes to keep your eyes on the ball!

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    Thanks for looking.


     
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    First two are the best ones, after that they drop off. Tighter crops and a little colour correction would make all the difference. New lens always takes time to get used to, keep at it.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. I'll work some on the color, but I'm not a huge crop fan (particularly in sports). I find that it takes away from the moment, and simply isolating the athlete leads to a sterile image. I might as well be taking pictures of them practicing alone if I'm going to do that. I do some cropping before posting, but I appreciate your suggestions.

    Secondly, I take these images for fun and the enjoyment of the parents. If I were to crop out every player not relevant to the particular image, it takes away the fun of seeing their kid in a shot.
     
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    They're INCREDIBLY magenta/warm. You did a great job. I think you are going to find that you are better off raising your ISO up and shooting at about 3.5 at the widest. The sharpness on that lens increases in the extreme when you take just that little step up.
    You did a great job. I JUST started shooting Volleyball this year and it's harder than hell! It is the hardest sport I have ever shot. It's VERY hard to capture the faces and emotion of the game and you did really well with it-I, however SUCKED! LOL!
     
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    Love the face on the coach (?) in 6!! :)
     
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    Coach is on #5 in the red. On #6 is just some random person walking behind the server.
     
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    It's not so much a matter of cropping everyone else out, it is a matter of making an average image into a much better one. If there are elements of any photo that take away from the overall composition then it makes sense to make that correction.
     
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    My images are fine to edit. Show me what you are suggesting. Otherwise, I'll take your suggestion with a grain of salt. I've noticed in many of your critiques you suggest cropping (just doing a quick search on your posts). Let's see what you mean.
     
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    Thanks for your kind words. It is a challenging sport for sure! I've found it's easiest to concentrate on 1 team. I typically try to have my camera 'ready' on the side I'm shooting on, and visually watch the server set the ball. You then have to kinda guess where the ball is going to go, but it's not too hard to guess. It gets signifigantly more difficult if it gets into a volley situation! If you are up for more of a challenge, take 95% of your shots in portrait mode. I find it's easier to get the entire athlete, but much harder to compose the shot properly. But in the end I'm personally satisifed with my images.

    Zooming during the composition is another challenge. In these shots I had to struggle because I kept adjusting the wrong part of the lens! I'll get better....just need more games.
     
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    I do suggest cropping images that I feel could be made stronger. To be honest I don't really have the time to crop all the photos I look at and make comments about. I will download a few of these and make the crops that I think would make them better images. Volleyball is a challenging sport to shoot, but like anything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
     
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    Hmmmmmmm... Okay... If you say so. :lol:

    Did you shoot these in RAW?
     
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    I'm not anti-cropping. I just don't like to have single pictures of players all the time. I like to also see the action around them. I take lots of sports pictures, and do plenty of cropping. I have ok'd pictures to edit. If you see an image that would benefit from cropping, show me. I'm trying to get better.

    But I'm not also on the 'crop it all' bandwagon.

    As for RAW, I tried that a couple of times. Frankly, it's quite time consuming to shoot that way, as I like to post them up for the parents to view within a day or so. If I shoot 200 images, that's A LOT of pictures I have to convert for uploading. Much too labor intensive for a non-paying gig!:sexywink:

    I might try to shoot RAW + Jpeg, but not sure how much time that takes between photos to write the info to the card. With VBall in particular I don't have much time between shots, and if the camera is writing to the card, I will miss more than I capture.

    Lastly, did you have any C&C on the pictures posted, or were you just driving by?
     

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