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Volleyball - Stanford, Penn State, and Yale (8 images)

 
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Sep 16, 2007 21:00 |  #1

No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Penn State converged on New Haven to play Yale and Delaware State in the Yale Volleyball Classic. Great action with a quartet of All Americans leading the way. Stanford defeated Penn State for the tournament prize.

Gallery at: http://www.pbase.com/m​aderito/2007_yale_clas​sic (external link)

These shots are with a 1D MkIIN, 135/f2.0 or 70-200/f2.8 lenses, all at ISO 1600, f2.0-2.8, and 1/400 to 1/640.

1. Cynthia Barboza of Stanford, All American and tournament MVP

IMAGE: http://www.pbase.com/maderito/image/85706972.jpg

2. All American Nicole Fawcett, Penn State
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3. Another All American, Foluke Akinradewo, Stanford
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4. Tournament champs, the Stanford Cardinals
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5. Yale's Nicole Perkins
IMAGE: http://www.pbase.com/maderito/image/85706964.jpg

6. Yale's outside hitter and setter anticipating the serve
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7. Yale's Ivy League Rooking of the Year, Alexis Crusey
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8. The powerful attack of Alix Klineman, Stanford
IMAGE: http://www.pbase.com/maderito/image/85706984.jpg

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Sep 16, 2007 21:37 |  #2

Sounds liek your living good when using 1600 in a gym with volley ball. Good shots. It's great shooting with a Mark II, let alone feel of it. I can't imagine a mark III


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Sep 16, 2007 21:42 |  #3

What kind of PS was done to the first 2 images? They look clean, colorful and sharp.


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Sep 16, 2007 22:03 |  #4

Did you crop these much or at all. I know if I'm close enough to get that without cropping I have to move way too much to get anything of a fair rating. great shots


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Sep 16, 2007 22:45 |  #5

kenwood33 wrote in post #3944466 (external link)
What kind of PS was done to the first 2 images? They look clean, colorful and sharp.

RAW shots processed with Adobe ACR and Neat Image:

ACR: adjust white balance, exposure, brightness (gamma). Set contrast=0, and saturation=10, mediuum sat tone curve.

Photoshop: levels & curve adjustments, noise reduction and some sharpening with Neat Image, followed by low contrast enhancement (LCE), shadows/highlight adjustment, and final high pass sharpening. I use this workflow for sports shots which can run almost without user intervention after initial RAW processing.

IF the image is properly exposed at ISO 1600 and in focus, the images are generally good. The shots you mention are easy to handle since the darker tones have little texture or detail, and thus are handled well during noise reduction. That is, there is no shadow detail or noise to fuss with.

The best shots are at 1/640 - the max speed I could achieve and still maintain proper exposure (at f/2.0, ISO 1600).

Enhancing sharpness in post processing for these type of indoor sports shots is a function good tonal and color contrast (as opposed to critical lens focus and resolution). I've learned to live with the fact you cannot achieve critical focus on moving subjects!


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Sep 16, 2007 22:52 |  #6

nice shots and nice job!


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Sep 16, 2007 22:55 |  #7

nice shot. I can see lots of pp on these though. :) Oh, well, ISO1600...


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Sep 16, 2007 22:57 |  #8

williambeeler wrote in post #3944619 (external link)
Did you crop these much or at all. I know if I'm close enough to get that without cropping I have to move way too much to get anything of a fair rating. great shots

Most of the shots are cropped perhaps 1/4, but the main subject typically nearly fills the frame - even if I decide to crop afterwards. I have to move into different positions to get the type of shot I want and fill the frame. The challenge is to get the fast moving ball in the pic with the subject. In the Yale gym, you really need to work at f/1.8-2.0 for best results - so that means fixed focal lengths and a lot of moving around.


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Sep 16, 2007 23:06 |  #9

Nice series. I like "Kill shot" in #2. Great job.


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Sep 17, 2007 00:52 |  #10

#2 is a phenomenal shot....

great stuff

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Sep 17, 2007 15:32 |  #11

Great shots, appreciate the answer on cropping. I typically frame to get the full body in my shots, but you make it obvious that I don't need to (#7 & #8). #1 & #2 are my favorites.


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Sep 17, 2007 16:18 |  #12

i love how in #2 the girl on the far right has her eyes closed ;)


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Sep 18, 2007 18:47 |  #13

maderito wrote in post #3944907 (external link)
RAW shots processed with Adobe ACR and Neat Image:

ACR: adjust white balance, exposure, brightness (gamma). Set contrast=0, and saturation=10, mediuum sat tone curve.

Photoshop: levels & curve adjustments, noise reduction and some sharpening with Neat Image, followed by low contrast enhancement (LCE), shadows/highlight adjustment, and final high pass sharpening. I use this workflow for sports shots which can run almost without user intervention after initial RAW processing.

IF the image is properly exposed at ISO 1600 and in focus, the images are generally good. The shots you mention are easy to handle since the darker tones have little texture or detail, and thus are handled well during noise reduction. That is, there is no shadow detail or noise to fuss with.

The best shots are at 1/640 - the max speed I could achieve and still maintain proper exposure (at f/2.0, ISO 1600).

Enhancing sharpness in post processing for these type of indoor sports shots is a function good tonal and color contrast (as opposed to critical lens focus and resolution). I've learned to live with the fact you cannot achieve critical focus on moving subjects!

Thanks for the detailed explaination.


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Sep 18, 2007 20:16 |  #14

maderito, Nice shots! I feel you capture the sport very well. I wish I could prep my images as well as you do. My results with the MKIIN and the 70-200L aren't nearly as good. Thanks for sharing the images.


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Sep 19, 2007 00:04 |  #15

These look great, #5 is particularly good.


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