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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


For the last month or so, I've been a full-time sports photographer (which is a lot more work than I expected).

Yesterday I shot the the MIAC men's soccer playoff semifinals between cross-town rivals St. Olaf and Carleton for d3photography.com.

I had a chance to use a few remotes, so I set one up behind the goal and one higher up. showing the face of the goal. The remote behind the goal was good for exactly one shot before it tipped over and pointed up for the rest of the half. I didn't use remotes for the second half, though I should have.

1.
http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/131107-STO-CARL-M-0050.jpg
Left: Canon 1D Mk IIn, f=18mm and f/4
Right: Canon 30D, f=160mm and f/5

2.
http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/131107-STO-CARL-M-0401.jpg
Canon 7D + 300mm + 1.4x; 420mm @ f/5.6; ISO 640; 1/2000

3.
http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/131107-STO-CARL-M-0563.jpg
Left: Canon 7D + 300mm + 1.4x; 420mm @ f/5.6; ISO 640; 1/4000
Right: Canon 30D, f=160mm and f/5

4.
http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/131107-STO-CARL-M-0783.jpg
Canon 7D + 300mm + 1.4x; 420mm @ f/5.6; ISO 1000; 1/3200

5.
http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/131107-STO-CARL-M-0892.jpg
Top 2: Canon 7D + 300mm + 1.4x; 420mm @ f/5.6; ISO 1250; 1/1250
Bottom 2: Canon 30D, f=160mm and f/5

And finally the tearsheet from D3Soccer.com of image 4:
http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/d3tearsheet.jpg

Thanks for looking and any comments are welcome!

- Caleb



Nov 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Russ Isabella
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


Hey Caleb, congratulations on your gig. I'm a bit confused about the placement of the remote cameras, at least the second one you mention. Also, I was assuming that with the two-image posts, you're showing us the same shot from two different angles, but it doesn't look like both were shot at the same moment, so I'm curious how this is working (if the remote is not being triggered by the camera you are controlling). Nice action on the header, the published keeper shot, and the upper left image in #5.


Nov 09, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Caleb Williams
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


Russ,

I made this diagram to show approximately what was going on. The field is a natural bowl on three sides.

Camera 1 was placed on a tripod about 15 feet away from the side of the field and between 6 and 8 feet high. The camera was probably 5 yards or so from the end line and place to look back slightly toward the goal. This is not exactly where it shows in the diagram, but a bit closer to the endline as described above.

Camera 2 was a jerry-rigged set of Magic Arms to place the camera as close the ground as possible. The camera was placed as close the net as I could safely allow within the tolerance of the net if a shot hit that corner of the net.

http://calebwilliamsphotography.com/images/fred-miranda-galleries/131107-STO-CARL-M/shooting-diagram.jpg

To explain the remote setup (which didn't work as well as it has the past for me), I was triggering both remotes via the hotshoe on one of the cameras I was shooting with (either 7D w/ the 300 or another 1D mkIIn + 70-200mm) depending how close I was to the goal.

Because I wasn't using a third pocket wizard to trigger both the camera in my hand and the remotes (such as you might do to sync with strobes) the timing isn't going to be exactly the same. I also didn't help that I 3 different frames per second: 5 fps on 30D, up to 8 fps on the 7D and 8.3 fps on the 1D mkIINs mean that you see in shot 1 is pretty close to the same time though slightly different where as shot 3 shows the same play, but clearly different times. The 5th shot is really a sequence of sorts, where the upper 2 are in a row and then the right two are at the same time and the lower left is the final shot of the sequence where the keeper covers up.

If I were doing this over again, I would do a few things different:
1) Change the batteries on the Pocket Wizards.
2) Figure out which shutter release cords to use--I had three and I think one of them may have been bad.
3) Setup the remote camera (#2) behind the goal more sturdily so that it wouldn't have tipped over.

This definitely could (and should) have been explained better the first time and I hope this makes more sense now.

Thanks,

- Caleb



Nov 09, 2013 at 08:47 AM
Russ Isabella
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


Thanks, Caleb. Definitely makes more sense now. I laughed out loud when I read #1. Sometimes it's the simplest things! And clearly it's not the case that you were mailing it in here and didn't bother to do the things you should have done. You made the comment that being a full-time sports photographer is more work than you expected. That's because it leads to thinking about and trying out things like this! Keep at it, man. It's great to see the investment of thought and time that has gone into these images, and I have no doubt your approach will continue to pay off for you.


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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


remote cameras can get some interesting shots


Nov 12, 2013 at 01:03 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


yes, like the different angles...

Chris



Nov 12, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Caleb Williams
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · College Men's Soccer Conference Semis + Fun w/ Remotes


Glad it makes more sense now Russ. I did shoot a few remotes behind the goal the last few games I've covered, but that was since I had a few extra bodies on hand, so I can't expect it all the time unless I want to sacrifice one of the bodies I normally shoot with.

Examples:
http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000p54ud3rFoac/s/900/900/131106-GAC-SJU-M-1479.jpg
http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000_JYI2YHhKKQ/s/900/900/131101-SMUMN-AUGS-M-1161.jpg

CW100, Chris,
You certainly get some interesting angles and some shots you can't otherwise replicate.



Nov 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM







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