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It's been a while since Ihave posted here in the Sports. Been shooting a bit, but more than that, I was slammed at Christmas doing sports posters and family portraits for Christmas. Now that they have all been delivered, it's back to the gym to see if I remember how to shoot basketball.

This is the championship of a Christmas basketball tournament. I have been hired by the booster club to take action shots (of the team in white) thus is is very one-sided in terms of which team I shot. All shots in the gallery are Nikon D3s married to Nikkor 70-200. EXIF in tact. Would love to hear your thoughts.




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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    75mm    f/2.8    1/640s    5600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    75mm    f/2.8    1/640s    9000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    95mm    f/2.8    1/640s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    86mm    f/2.8    1/640s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 29, 2012 at 08:33 PM
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5-8




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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    78mm    f/2.8    1/640s    5600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    5600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    5600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    80mm    f/2.8    1/640s    5000 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 29, 2012 at 08:35 PM
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9-12




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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    7200 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    86mm    f/2.8    1/640s    4500 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    5000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    7200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 29, 2012 at 08:36 PM
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Final Four




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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    82mm    f/2.8    1/640s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    10000 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    70mm    f/2.8    1/640s    6400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Dec 29, 2012 at 08:37 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


Hey Rick,

Really nice set of pics. Good facial expressions and timing is right on. Good stuff.

When did you pick up a D3s? Amazing camera isn't it?

a couple nits: #11 is a great capture but player is a bit oof. WB is not consistent, I like wb in #7

Grant



Dec 30, 2012 at 01:26 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


Well...

You have a lot of good shots of players driving and alley-ooping. Any other types of shots?



Dec 30, 2012 at 03:36 AM
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Some really nice shots and VERY good action. Shots with 6K - 10K ISO are just missing that sharpness that I prefer but given the environment, look pretty good.

I agree with Jeff. I think it would be good to get out from under the hoop a little and also get some shots from a different perspective.

Nice job!



Dec 30, 2012 at 04:57 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


Nice Series Rick. Wish mine were even half this good!


Dec 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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Grantland wrote:
Hey Rick,

Really nice set of pics. Good facial expressions and timing is right on. Good stuff.

When did you pick up a D3s? Amazing camera isn't it?

a couple nits: #11 is a great capture but player is a bit oof. WB is not consistent, I like wb in #7

Grant


Grant -- Thanks for looking. I have always appreciated your feedback.

Picked up the D3s at the very end of football season. LOVE it. The D3 was awesome, but I've never shot a better camera for sports than this D3s. Amazing is the perfect word.

Really struggling with WB issues in this particular gym. Old Sodium vapors have been wearing me out with a white, red, green, yellow cycle. First go of it with this body in this gym so tried AWB -- think I will go with a K setting next time based on my performance this time.



Dec 31, 2012 at 02:06 AM
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Jeff_Stapleton wrote:
Well...

You have a lot of good shots of players driving and alley-ooping. Any other types of shots?


Jeff,

There are tons of other shots, but seeing as this shoot was specifically for the booster club to shot "individual highlight photos," I didn't spend much time focusing on dribbling, playing defense, coaches, and free throws. Here are a few others....

Thanks for checking them out -- and thanks for the feedback.





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  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    200mm    f/2.8    1/640s    4500 ISO    0.0 EV  






two more

  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    98mm    f/2.8    1/640s    4500 ISO    0.0 EV  






three more

  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    200mm    f/2.8    1/640s    7200 ISO    0.0 EV  






Four more

  NIKON D3S    70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 lens    95mm    f/2.8    1/640s    7200 ISO    0.0 EV  




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mdalby wrote:
Some really nice shots and VERY good action. Shots with 6K - 10K ISO are just missing that sharpness that I prefer but given the environment, look pretty good.

I agree with Jeff. I think it would be good to get out from under the hoop a little and also get some shots from a different perspective.

Nice job!


Thanks Mark,

I agree. 6k-10k on the ISO is not nearly the same as what you get when you are strobing and coming in at 400-800 ISO. Not allowed to strobe this gym -- so I just have to make the most of it. Think I will take the 300mm on Tuesday and shoot a quarter with it just for grins. See what I come up with.



Dec 31, 2012 at 02:15 AM
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amlsml wrote:
Nice Series Rick. Wish mine were even half this good!


If you improve every time out as much as you did between your first and second basketball post, we all will be asking you for advice. Hang in there. It really does get easier.



Dec 31, 2012 at 02:17 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


Hey Rick,

Great images and congrats on the D3s ... looks like you got it dialed in. Hope all is well. Busy here with various things and hope to post some Images soon.

Best,

Wendell

P.S. I picked up a D7K few weeks back.



Dec 31, 2012 at 04:33 AM
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Hey Wendell,

I appreciate your comments. Still feel like there's a bit more to know about the body, but so far so good.

Enjoy the D7000. It will be a nice addition to your kit. Extra reach and high(er) ISO is always nice to have in your back pocket.



Dec 31, 2012 at 10:41 AM
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Rick,

Nice set there. I agree about moving out from under the hoop but you probably have someone asking for specific shots ect..... always tough to get what the people paying the bill want and being a "creative" photographer and getting those "WOW" shots.

I just grabbed a D3s as well and now I am having issues with WB all over again. Just when I thought I had all of my cameras dialed in at the venues I shot it has changed.

Trevor




Dec 31, 2012 at 01:58 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


I like the hand over the face in 8 and the guys legs in 10
All of these are nice - too bad you were stuck at such a high ISO but I don't think most people will see the tiny lack of sharpness
The D3S seems to be "the bomb" for sports
I'm new to shooting basketball and have been trying to leave the rim & net in view but maybe need to think tighter is better.
Thanks for sharing. Everyone loved the posters you showed in an earlier post.
Happy New Year.



Dec 31, 2012 at 02:09 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


Nice work Rick, glad you're liking that D3s indoors...

Chris



Dec 31, 2012 at 02:54 PM
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Trevorma wrote:
Rick,

Nice set there. I agree about moving out from under the hoop but you probably have someone asking for specific shots ect..... always tough to get what the people paying the bill want and being a "creative" photographer and getting those "WOW" shots.

I just grabbed a D3s as well and now I am having issues with WB all over again. Just when I thought I had all of my cameras dialed in at the venues I shot it has changed.

Trevor



Paying gigs are what it's all about, but they do put a few hand-cuffs on us from time to time.

As for making the move to the D3s, there is no doubt that I am getting images in conditions where I NEVER would have thought about shooting before. The ISO is stupid good, but you are right on the money about learning everything all over again when it comes to re-learning the settings for venues where we shoot all the time.

Kenneth Farver wrote:
I like the hand over the face in 8 and the guys legs in 10
All of these are nice - too bad you were stuck at such a high ISO but I don't think most people will see the tiny lack of sharpness
The D3S seems to be "the bomb" for sports
I'm new to shooting basketball and have been trying to leave the rim & net in view but maybe need to think tighter is better.
Thanks for sharing. Everyone loved the posters you showed in an earlier post.
Happy New Year.


Mr. Farver, the D3s is simply the best sports camera I have ever owned. So powerful.

Thanks for your nice comments on the photos. There's no doubt that things get a little muddy when the ISO gets so high, but I'm with you on the sharpness.

Basketball can be a real bear to shoot. Varying lighting conditions can make it a pain in the neck to get good clean shots, but I personally love the challenge. Love to see things in my pictures that fans in the stands never get to see -- like the hand across the face in number 8.

Keep shooting away. Looking forward to following your progress.

Aqualung wrote:
Nice work Rick, glad you're liking that D3s indoors...

Chris


Happy New Year Chris.

The D3s opens a whole new world when it comes to sports photography. Should have listened to you a year ago and bought it then....however, I must say by going through the other bodies, I have a whole new appreciation for the capabilities of this camera.

Need to chat with you about WB issues. May call you this afternoon if you are off work.

Rick



Dec 31, 2012 at 04:08 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


well its all been said above, just wanted to drop a line to say Happy New Year.

Great shots for these conditions. You will get it dialed in even further real quick so I'm looking forward to your next post!



Jan 02, 2013 at 06:32 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Holiday Hoops Classis (HS Boys)


I only have one question.... Where are the refs in these shots? Anytime I try something from that angle all I end up with is Ref Butt!




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