Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Week 31, Day 223, December 2, 2009, "It's Basketball Season"

Now that football is over, basketball season has begun.  Today there was a scrimmage. 

The scrimmage gave me an opportunity to practice my skills.  Each sport requires similar but different skills to photograph.  Some of the biggest challenges in basketball are lighting, and white balance.  Each gym is different, and so is the lighting.  I tend to use the highest ISO setting of my camera so that I can get the shutter speeds fast enough to capture the action.  I also have to use a wide aperture.  But this narrows my depth of field so it's more difficult to focus.  It all becomes a game of trade offs.

In this photo I tired my 50mm lens.  I can set the fstop to 1.8 which helps with the shutter speed.  This shot is far from perfect because of the blur.  With my equipment, I haven't been able to take perfect photos in the middle of the game.  But, I'll keep trying. 

Because it was a scrimmage, I was a little bolder, and sat against the wall behind the basket for this shot.  The referee joked about how he hoped he didn't get in my way.  I asked if it was ok to be there, and he said I was fine.  whew!!

Lessons Learned:
  • I'm finding that I can be a little bolder in my set ups for photographs.  I have to be careful not to step over the line.
  • I think the 50mm lens has some potential in basketball shooting.  (As long as I can get close enough to the action.)
Photo details: Exposure time 1/200 sec, Aperture f/2.2, ISO 1600, Focal Length 50 mm, 35 mm equivalent focal length 81mm, Lens Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, hand held.

1 comment:

imagidiem said...

I like your commentary on this photo. It resonates very closely with my own experiences and the lessons I'm trying to learn.

I'm photographing my son's Lacrosse high school team. They are involved in Fall and Winter leagues before the season starts in the spring, and I've been taking whatever opportunities I can to practice my shooting technique at those games.