Back in May I took these shots at a fundraiser for my wife's high school volleyball team. The volleyball team is pretty good so they decided to have a Queens vs. Kings fundraiser where there would play in a tournament style evening against teams of parents, teachers, and even the guys from the high school, so some interesting shots were definitely to be had. Another perk to this is that this was the first event in the gym since they had re-stained the floor and upgraded the lighting and it made quite a difference (the last photo is one from volleyball season last year so you can see the changes in the lighting). I think the one's below are pretty good, but would like some feedback. All pictures were taken with a 40D & Canon 70-200mm 2.8(except the ones towards the end of the gallery with the entire teams, those were taken with an 18-55mm) in manual mode @ 2.8, ISO 3200, and exposure around 1/800.
1. (This guy was 6'6" and played college football! He looks monstrous playing on a women's size net)
2. Old teammates... Pink is a Senior to be who's getting scholarship offers, green was a setter at a local college this past year
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3. Hitting against dad (purple shirt on the left) (soft? Pink blown out?)
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4. (Is this one soft too? Pink blown out?)
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6. Basketball and baseball players aren't quite as good at this game....
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7. Have to block the girl!!!!
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8. He decided he was better at another game
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I took just over 700 photo's on this evening (There was probably 15 games total as everyone played every one round robin style and then they did a bracket), keeping just under 300, and I think of those 300 I have about 75 or so that are the quality of these. The others I think dabble in the too soft zone like these:
Most of these "soft" photos tend to deal with the far end of the 70-200mm (generally 175mm+), is there something I am doing wrong here or is this a function of the 70-200mm just being softer on the end that in the middle or is it just a focusing issue on my part as I still get a good shot every now and then in this range?
The whole gallery is located here (Queens vs. Kings) and if any of you would like to nose through (be warned there is nearly 300 pictures in this gallery) and give me you thoughts I would appreciate it. My general questions are:
1. Am I using too many soft photo's? Is this a focusing issue (me) or a lens issue?
2. Is the PP ok? Noise reduction correct, too much, too little?
3. Any other critiques?
4. Are there better pictures I could have posted here?