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.
Shooting from the stands isn't that bad, either. This was a light crop of the original.
It's always helpful to look away form the net every now and then. The fans would periodically try to jinx the visiting server.
Pretty standard shot. Again its tough with a 135 -- an 85 would have been much easier to use from this spot.
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.
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.
But if you can get the shot its absolutely worth it!