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2010-2011 Gymnastics Thread

 
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Feb 25, 2011 21:26 as a reply to  @ post 11896025 |  #76

I'm disappointed at the lack of men's gymnastics represented here.

In between competing myself and video recording all my teammates' routines, I managed to get a few shots in.

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I think I need to use faster shutter speeds, but I was already at f/2.8 and ISO 3200 in the abysmal lighting.

CC welcome, but go easy; it's my first ever attempt at shooting a gymnastics competition.



  
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Mar 01, 2011 14:08 as a reply to  @ Blaze's post |  #77

Was there a way you could have shot that last one from the end of the mat? Shot the vault straight on? If so then there may not have been any blur. Shooting straight on can be done at a lower shutting speed..some pretty good shots.




  
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Mar 01, 2011 14:10 as a reply to  @ post 11896025 |  #78

Would love to see a bunch of rhythmic gymnastics, a much undercovered sport.




  
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Mar 01, 2011 14:26 as a reply to  @ Blaze's post |  #79

Best VT shots occur from behind the VT table, about 25ft or so, and at a slight angle, usually the judges side. That way you can get a shot of them either about to block or blocking, and maybe their salto if they perform some kind of flipping VT.


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Mar 01, 2011 19:51 |  #80

Shooting wrote in post #11937054 (external link)
Was there a way you could have shot that last one from the end of the mat? Shot the vault straight on? If so then there may not have been any blur. Shooting straight on can be done at a lower shutting speed..some pretty good shots.

I tried one straight on a while back. I think this one was even longer exposure though at 1/125 sec, when I was a bit more shy of high ISO (taken at ISO 800 instead of 3200).
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For the previous vault shot, I was directly bedside the judge's table. Any further down and I would have been in the pit.

I sprained my knee tumbling a couple weeks ago, so I get to just watch/shoot our competition this weekend. Hopefully there will be plenty of non-flickering lights.




  
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Mar 10, 2011 06:02 as a reply to  @ Blaze's post |  #81

I shot my teammates at the Houston National Invitational last weekend. As usual the lighting was dungeon-like and flickery. :x
The gymnastics was awesome though. :)

I bumped the exposure up to around 1/400 sec this time, which meant ISO in the neighborhood of 4000.
A little less motion blur but a bit more noise... gotta take what you can get.

Same gymnast as before:

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P.S. The guy with the camera in the photo was one of the major sponsors of the meet. Michael Bleyzer, CEO of the private equity firm SigmaBleyzer and apparently a professional photographer too.



  
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Mar 10, 2011 09:10 as a reply to  @ Blaze's post |  #82

Shooting vault at this level of gymnastics is extremely difficult, and you've given it a good try. I've never had much success at anything less than 1/800 when shooting vaulters at this skill level.


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Mar 11, 2011 10:57 as a reply to  @ gymdad's post |  #83

I would think with a 7D you could push the ISO even further.

# Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 1/400 second ===> 0.0025 second
# Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 28/10 ===> ƒ/2.8
# Exposure Program = shutter priority (4)
# ISO Speed Ratings = 5000


is your exif. It also looks like you were shooting at 21mm. I'd step back and crop to the shot. Looks like your focal point may have been the vault table and with that lens and F stop you were a little narrow on your DOF. Note the position of the pro! :)


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Mar 15, 2011 00:45 |  #84

bwolford wrote in post #12001445 (external link)
I would think with a 7D you could push the ISO even further.

# Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 1/400 second ===> 0.0025 second
# Lens F-Number / F-Stop = 28/10 ===> ƒ/2.8
# Exposure Program = shutter priority (4)
# ISO Speed Ratings = 5000

is your exif. It also looks like you were shooting at 21mm. I'd step back and crop to the shot. Looks like your focal point may have been the vault table and with that lens and F stop you were a little narrow on your DOF. Note the position of the pro! :)

I could push the ISO up to 6400, I suppose, but it's already fairly noisy. Because of the noise, I try to fill as much of the sensor as possible instead of cropping since the resolution is effectively reduced considerably (I tried backing up and cropping on some of the other events, but was not pleased with the results). In good light where the detail is captured accurately to the pixel level, cropping an 18MP image works quite nicely. At high ISO though, the effective resolution is closer to 1/4 of that, so it's like cropping a 5MP image.

I could step back and use a longer focal length instead, but (please correct me if I'm wrong) wouldn't that give a slightly smaller DOF for an equivalent composition?




  
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Mar 17, 2011 11:17 as a reply to  @ post 11720294 |  #85

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Mar 22, 2011 10:29 |  #86

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Apr 03, 2011 18:24 as a reply to  @ shah's post |  #87

I got an opportunity to shoot in much better light this weekend. I was able to bump up the shutter speed to 1/1000 sec. using ISO 3200 (and f/2.8).

Same gymnast as before doing the same vault.

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Again, the focus is slightly behind the gymnast (on the vault instead), but it's not too far off. If I ever get decent light again, I may try a slightly smaller aperture.



  
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