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2010-2011 Gymnastics Thread

 
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Feb 07, 2011 14:45 |  #61

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A question to those using the infamous 85 1.8... do you shoot wide open or stop down a bit for better DOF and/or AF accuracy? I used an 85 1.8 the other weekend for some gymnastics shots and found proper focus on my target areas to be a bit tricky with it wide open.

Usually I shoot the 85 f/1.8 at f/2, as well as the 100 f/2 and the 135 f/2. If the light is really bad, I will go ahead and open it up the extra 1/3 stop. Haven't noticed any difference in AF speed or accuracy. Occasionally I have stopped them down to f/2.5 in the rare, well-lit cave.

Proper focus is almost always tricky in gymnastics with the interfering backgrounds with lots of nice, contrasty patterns.
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Feb 07, 2011 14:57 |  #62

Unfortunately, I'm limited to ISO 1600 on my XSi, so I ended up actually needing it wide open at 1.8 to get 1/500 ss without getting underexposure.




  
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Feb 07, 2011 15:29 |  #63

Fligi7 wrote in post #11795966 (external link)
Unfortunately, I'm limited to ISO 1600 on my XSi, so I ended up actually needing it wide open at 1.8 to get 1/500 ss without getting underexposure.

If you are getting 1/500 at f/1.8 at ISO1600 then you are in one of the rare, well-lit caves. My typical exposure is 1/500 at f/2 at ISO3200. The last competition, in a convention center, was 1/500 at f/2 as ISO6400.


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Feb 07, 2011 15:38 |  #64

Absolutely. It was very well-lit.




  
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Feb 07, 2011 17:43 |  #65

Fligi7 wrote in post #11795598 (external link)
A question to those using the infamous 85 1.8... do you shoot wide open or stop down a bit for better DOF and/or AF accuracy? I used an 85 1.8 the other weekend for some gymnastics shots and found proper focus on my target areas to be a bit tricky with it wide open.

Fligi7,

For what it's worth, I almost always shoot the 85/1.8 wide open. That's probably because I usually only use it when there's not enough light for the 70-200/2.8 or the 135/2.


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Feb 07, 2011 18:18 |  #66

That's good to know. I think it was just having a hard time locking focus on the fast-moving, dark uniforms. There just wasn't enough contrast to lock on to the torso, which was the only remotely steady thing to try to lock onto during the uneven bars.

I also had a 70-200 2.8 in tow but it wasn't giving me fast enough shutter speed. I didn't feel too comfortable getting below 1/400 and the 2.8 was forcing me down to somewhere in the 1/200 to 1/300 region.




  
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Feb 09, 2011 20:59 |  #68

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Feb 09, 2011 22:35 |  #69

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Nice to see a different type of Gymnastics. Wish I could see some faces though.


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Feb 21, 2011 07:41 |  #70

I'm doing some lighting tests for team and individual photos coming up on the 12th. My daughter graciously modeled for me. Let me know what you think.

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Feb 21, 2011 10:59 |  #71

Nice. Add a rim light, fill light, whatever you want to call it.


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Feb 22, 2011 12:43 |  #72

question from someone who's never shot gymnastics before: where do you find a local gym? and how do you get in touch with them and ask for permission to shoot? unfortunately i am by myself and don't have a kid that does gymnastics, does it make it more difficult? thanks a lot.


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Feb 22, 2011 20:36 |  #73

It will definitely be more difficult to go to a gym. They are going to want to know why you are there? Why would an adult want to go to a gym to take pictures of little girls and boys? Just sound creepy.


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Feb 22, 2011 21:49 |  #74

If you just wanted to try gymnastics in general, go to a local college meet. Personally, if the guy kneeling next to my when I'm shooting my 5 year old tells me he doesn't have a kid there, I'd be leery.




  
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Feb 22, 2011 21:51 |  #75

yepp that's what i would naturally think too. even shooting boys would make me look suspicious. oh well, i guess i won't try it for a while. thanks.


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