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Jun 30, 2014 07:35 |  #1

My first foray into sports...a little farm team AAA baseball.

Dusted

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Almost disaster
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Now you see it...
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...and now you don't!
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Couple of Canon bodies, a couple of Canon lens, few gadgets all stuffed in a bag...and a stick, and a tripod.
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Jun 30, 2014 14:16 |  #2

Can you please share the gear used for these, they are nice and sharp! Just got a 5diii and looking for the best settings, specifically with AF case to use and Spot vs. Evaluative metering? I have also tried moving my focusing point up from center? Thanks in advance for your help!




  
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Jun 30, 2014 15:03 |  #3

actionphotos wrote in post #17003416 (external link)
Can you please share the gear used for these, they are nice and sharp! Just got a 5diii and looking for the best settings, specifically with AF case to use and Spot vs. Evaluative metering? I have also tried moving my focusing point up from center? Thanks in advance for your help!

A full EXIF is available with each pic at this link
https://picasaweb.goog​le.com/monte.phillips/​ActionSports# (external link)

I was up on the second tier above and behind 1st base. and so the view was okay, but above and quite aways from the players.
As for the equipment it was just one camera and lens all day: Canon 6D with a Canon 100-400mm IS USM L lens. Most of the shots, you will notice from the EXIFs were 200-400mm)

As for camera settings I shoot all these in Av (aperture) mode Usually F5,6,to keep shutter speeds high and at those distances DOF was not an issue. AWB, Partial metering generally, but If some shadow areas were going to play a part I reset to spot. To catch the action shots on 2d base (when a runner was on 1st I would autofocus lock on 2d base. and return to first so I had the runner in the camera. Also, and this was critical for the action shots of batters and runners, I had the camera set to continuous shots and would hold the button down, trying to do so a little before the action and also getting a couple frames after. When shooting the batter swinging I would get the batter in the frame, and have someone tell me the instant the pitcher was about to release the pitch. I kept the shutter button pressed until the action stopped. The 4+ fps of the 6D is the bare minimum I think. These were handheld, as the shutter speeds were always high enough. Although I had brought along a monopod, just in case.

Hope this helps. It was far more fun than I thought it would be, and surprising to me really didn't interfere with watching the game, maybe enhanced it a little buit because you are forced to think about what and where the next most likely action was going to be. Now on short fast infield grounders? HA! Good luck!:D

A couple more from that shoot:
Safe!

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Streeettccchhh!
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Bush League limo ;) ...
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Couple of Canon bodies, a couple of Canon lens, few gadgets all stuffed in a bag...and a stick, and a tripod.
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Jun 30, 2014 15:28 as a reply to  @ Didereaux's post |  #4

Thank for the info! Any post processing other than crops?




  
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Jul 01, 2014 13:08 |  #5

actionphotos wrote in post #17003550 (external link)
Thank for the info! Any post processing other than crops?

I shoot straight RAW and AWB, and use DPP (version 4 now) to set the white balance, I ALWAYS use the lens correction. Occasionally I lighten the shadows, or darken a highlight. But that is about the extent of any PP on these types of shoots. Also any cropping is done in DPP. (BTW the version 4 of DPP uses the new algorithm for Canons top end sensors, and boy does it do the job. Version 3.x looks terrible against v4 when working on pics from 5Diii, 6D etc pics)

On shots taken in very low light I also tweak the noise levels with DPP. I set the camera up to do as little processing as possible to keep the speed up. Am looking forward to some inside Basketball etc shots later this year to check out just how good the 6D really is at low light. Have done some experimenting on other subjects in low light and found it to perform even better than I had hoped. Have had the 6D now for about two months and would buy it again in a heartbeat.


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