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Was the site photographer for a summer basketball tournament last weekend.
Thought I would post a couple since I have not really contributed anything
for a while. .. Nothing real special but overall I was pleased for the lighting I
had to deal with. Shot mostly with my D50 and some fill flash from a sb-600.
Kinda leaning toward some strobes for this coming winter season. We'll see.

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And a poster I am working on for the tournament director. ( her daughter )

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Very well done Rod, you managed the lighting real well. I like the poster too, it should be very well received.
 
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For on-camera flash that's pretty good there Rod. If you decide to go with strobes this winter, you may want to consider a couple of Dynalite Uni400s. I picked up a couple late in the season and they put out a lot more power than I anticipated and they will run not just on AC but battery packs as well (Jackrabbits).

I purchased them to leave at a gym for the entire season. Set them up in the ceilings at full power since they are only 400 w/s, but wished I only had them at half power. At that point it was too late. The maintenance guys had already taken the ladder away so I could not go back up.

When I am feeling real lazy, I am going to pack the Uni400s plus a Jackrabbit for each head so I am not going o need to run cords around. Everything will fit in one duffel. Great on-location set up too. You can stick a couple of umbrellas in your duffell and you can shoot basketball or portraits.
 
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btw, nice poster but I think you may want to try to either blur the basketball a bit or lower the opacity. It pulls your attention away too much from your main subjects, IMO.
 
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Very well done Rod, you managed the lighting real well. I like the poster too, it should be very well received.
Thank you Frank. It was the first time I had tried to get photos in our fieldhouse. It was a challenge for sure.

btw, nice poster but I think you may want to try to either blur the basketball a bit or lower the opacity. It pulls your attention away too much from your main subjects, IMO.
You are exaactly right Alex. Didn't even think of that when I did this. It was a quick thing I put together. I will change it if she orders one.

Thanks for the info on the strobes.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing! Making good use of the D50s 1/500 sync, eh?

Nice.
Yea I like the 1/500 sync...:biggrin:
 
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What were your flash settings? Exp comp dialed down a bit? Direct, not bounced, right?

Got any more pics to share? I'm intrigued since my D1H will also sync at 1/500.
 
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What were your flash settings? Exp comp dialed down a bit? Direct, not bounced, right?

Got any more pics to share? I'm intrigued since my D1H will also sync at 1/500.

Set to manual mode at about 1/16 power and then varied from there.
Direct - not bounced

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No flash on this and also taken with D200. This gym has much better lighting
but this would be the gym I would strobe ( if I decided to jump )
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Thanks for the additional photos, Rod.

Very nicely done. It appears that was just enough flash to clean it up a bit and yet have no shadows. Good stuff.
 
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Thanks for the additional photos, Rod.

Very nicely done. It appears that was just enough flash to clean it up a bit and yet have no shadows. Good stuff.

Thanks Dennis.


Agreed. They don't look like flash photos at all. Well done, Rod.

Thanks Jim. I am still not realy happy with the outcome, hence the desire for some strobes. These images look ok here but would not look as nice in
large print.
 

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