Friday, April 29, 2011

Lacrosse Action

This was taken at a high school varsity boys lacrosse game at dusk. This sport provides quite a challenge to get nice action shots because the players change directions so rapidly. This particular photo is nice because one player has the ball, the ball is visible and his face is visible. Many times the player's faces are turned away from the camera.
The photograph was lit mostly by the stadium floodlights with a little help from the dwindling light in the sky. 100-400 lens at 260mm, 1/500 second at f/5.6, ISO 12800 on the Canon Mk IV body. Quite a bit of visible noise in the image but it will still look nice in the smaller print sizes. Shortly after this photo was taken the sky turned so dark that I couldn't get a fast enough shutter speed anymore. I will switch to the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens in the future, though, when the light gets that low. Trade some magnification for the opportunity to keep shooting.

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