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Highlights from my NCAA D1 Women's Volleyball Season

 
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Dec 06, 2010 22:29 |  #1

I somehow managed to get a lot of volleyball assignments this semester with the student paper (you can probably guess which team I'm shooting for), and with the help of Big_K's guide, a little intuition, and lots of shooting-and-praying, I got pretty proficient by my third game. I apologize for the huge watermark, but there's a fuzzy line about whether the paper owns the copyright to the photos. All pictures are from a 1DII at 1600ISO and a 135mm at f/2 with shutter speeds at either 1/800 or 1/1000. PP is done with LR3 with WB adjustment to the default fluorescent profile and Luminance at 25, Color at 25. I probably could have dropped the ISO down to 1250 and done gotten away with it, but I preferred to overexpose by 1/3 - 2/3 of a stop to minimize the appearance of noise (and I'd say it worked out pretty well). C&C welcome. I owe a lot to POTN for teaching me so much, so please feel free to ask any questions and I'll try to give back as best I can.

This is one of my more favorite perspectives, but it's pretty tough with a 135mm. I've tried using a 50mm with limited luck, but an 85mm would definitely work well for this spot.

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Shooting from the stands isn't that bad, either. This was a light crop of the original.
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It's always helpful to look away form the net every now and then. The fans would periodically try to jinx the visiting server.
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Pretty standard shot. Again its tough with a 135 -- an 85 would have been much easier to use from this spot.
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Sitting at the corner of the endlines is by far my favorite spot. Nailing focus is almost impossible at f/2; I had a 10% keeper rate on a good day.
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I set my focus point to a couple clicks below center and would try to follow the player's legs (I also used the back * button to focus). This happened a lot.
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But if you can get the shot its absolutely worth it!
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Dec 06, 2010 23:35 |  #2

I'm surprised no one has commented on these. I'm really impressed with the WB and relatively clean photos at this ISO. Yes, you could have dropped your ISO a bit but a noisy photo is better than a blurry one imo. GJ :)


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Dec 07, 2010 05:39 |  #3

Jigglypuff wrote in post #11407809 (external link)
I set my focus point to a couple clicks below center and would try to follow the player's legs (I also used the back * button to focus). This happened a lot.
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The players are not in focus.


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Dec 07, 2010 14:24 |  #4

I think that's what he means .... the coach is , though !!


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Dec 07, 2010 14:39 |  #5

Drive4show wrote in post #11411683 (external link)
I think that's what he means .... the coach is , though !!

+1 he was focusing on the legs, the legs moved, and he got the coach.


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Dec 07, 2010 15:04 |  #6

Nice job, I really liked #3




  
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Dec 09, 2010 07:33 |  #7

Think they're really good shots. Especially like the blocked spike shots. Know what you mean about missing the focus on that one. Good strategy on your part for shooting through the net. I'll keep that in mind when shooting.

Great action, color pop, WB, etc.

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Dec 09, 2010 08:07 |  #8

Nice shots, I like the KU server with the fans in the background. I'm using back button focus also. My question is: if you hold the button in do you get continuous focus or just the focus from when you first press the *button?, or does it depend more upon the setting (servo)? Thanks for your help!


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Dec 09, 2010 19:36 |  #9

footdoc66 wrote in post #11421756 (external link)
Nice shots, I like the KU server with the fans in the background. I'm using back button focus also. My question is: if you hold the button in do you get continuous focus or just the focus from when you first press the *button?, or does it depend more upon the setting (servo)? Thanks for your help!

Ah, right, I forgot to discuss that. I do use AI servo, but I typically try to not to hold the * button throughout the sequence (or at least I don't think I do). Instead I'll try to predict the play and focus on the player just as they're getting ready to jump. It's tricky and it takes time to get the technique down, but I've found that it works better than holding the * button the whole time (I found that when I did that it would frequently focus on the defenders behind the net)




  
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Dec 09, 2010 21:00 |  #10

Really good pics. I think 3 would be cool if you had the spectators in focus and a blurry server.




  
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