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tuggnet
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 09:30
Here are a couple shots from a HS Girl's dive meet. I got some great pointers from folks in the "Equipment Talk" area. Thanks guys!

I'm just starting out and have found dive meets to be quite challenging to say the least! There was very poor lighting at this pool and flash is prohibited by CHSSA rule.

These are two of the best female divers in Denver. The second diver is arguably the best female diver in Colorado.

Both were taken with 20D 50mm f1.4 1/1000. I also found that my shots seem to turn out better if I focus manually.

Let me know what you think. (Click on the image to see the original untouched image)


http://chs.etbits.com/chs-images/Angie_5604_filtered-4x6.jpg (http://chs.etbits.com/chs-images/Angie_5604_filtered.jpg)

http://chs.etbits.com/chs-images/IMG_5622_filtered-4x6.jpg (http://chs.etbits.com/chs-images/IMG_5622_filtered.jpg)

DaveG
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 10:10
The other thing that you might want to try is slow shutterspeeds and panning. In this case it would be a up and down pan rather than left to right. It'll take more than one shot that's for sure and you may never get it right. But if you can match up the descent speed of the diver to your pan, the image will be reasonably sharp while the background will be a blur.

Now this isn't appropriate for anything but the descent while the diver is essentially vertical and not twisting too much.

With digital "film" it won't cost you a penny to experiment this way, so why not give it a try. And use SLOW shutterspeeds - like 1/8 of a second, not 1/60. And you need to follow through when you pan, so you don't come to an abrupt stop. I think that you'll find that the shooting will be smoother. When you pan at these shutterspeeds (ignore the 1/focal length rule) you'll also get to use your slower, longer lenses so you might be able to be at the other end of the pool.

kawter2
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 10:55
WOW this is a GREAT!!! improvement. You are comming along REALLY quick!!



With digital "film" it won't cost you a penny to experiment this way, so why not give it a try. And use SLOW shutterspeeds - like 1/8 of a second, not 1/60. And you need to follow through when you pan, so you don't come to an abrupt stop. I think that you'll find that the shooting will be smoother. When you pan at these shutterspeeds (ignore the 1/focal length rule) you'll also get to use your slower, longer lenses so you might be able to be at the other end of the pool.
Yes it is free to expirament thus I would say go for it, But those divers art moving in more than one axsis and to pan them would be impossible. the only way to come close is if they jumped striaght in the water with out flipping or rotating at all

Booshanky
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 10:58
What happened to the pics?

tuggnet
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 11:00
What happened to the pics?
I'm not sure what you're asking. I can see the images fine. Is there a problem with the posting?

-et

Booshanky
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 11:20
This is all i see. This is with firefox, they're red X's when browsing with IE.

http://www.actvsdei.com/~booshanky/photoforum.JPG

iwatkins
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 12:40
Just getting red Xs here as well :(

Booshanky
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 13:12
Ah, now they work. Maybe the server was down for a bit.

kawter2
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 15:38
another thing to consider...

I did a google image search for SI Diving. The popular vantage points seem to be @ a 90degree to the platform or 135degree. I also think you need to be a little higher so the angle is not so extreme. I know you are limited with your equipment and the venue setup but just thought I would suggest based on what I saw..

here are some examples

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004_images/p1_821_wilkinson_ap.jpg
http://i.cnn.net/si/2004/olympics/2004/diving/08/29/bc.olympics.diving/tx_hu_all.jpg
http://www.olympic.ca/EN/games/olympic/summer/athens/newsletter/Aug23/diving.jpg

tuggnet
1st of February 2005 (Tue), 15:49
I agree, 90 and 135 degrees are about the best angles to shoot (or view a dive meet). In high school, you'll find the referees at 90 degrees on each side of the board. As far as height, I'm very limited in that respect. If I go up in the stands, I'm further away from the diver (in some cases quite a distance). I guess I could bring a step ladder. Unless it's a state meet, the referees don't usually care what you do as long as you're not using a flash.

Another observation is that most really good shots of divers are in the pike position (first two dives) That's because it's a "slower" dive and usually only rotating in one direction.

Maybe I'll try the step ladder idea. :-)

-et