btw, ESPN liked that Ichicro pic too
btw, ESPN liked that Ichicro pic too
more from today
gotta love this lens
At my niece's soccer match this afternoon. The girl in blue never played soccer until this year (she's 14), but has been in gymnastics since she was 3-years old. An injury to her arm ended that for her, so she came out for the high school soccer team. What she lacks in skills, she more than makes up in hustle. Here, just at the end of the game she breaks away. Number 9 in white fouled her seconds after this shot, but the blue team converted the penalty kick with no time left, winning the match 4-3. This girl was carried from the field on her teammate's shoulders.
D300; 200-400 @ f4:
Last edited by Lloyd; 17th September 2009 at 19:03.
Soccer is very popular here locally, with kids of all ages playing, and a number of very competitive leagues and clubs for adults. We have a large hispanic population, which certainly adds to the interest, and the level of competition.
Last edited by Lloyd; 18th September 2009 at 06:44.
great shot lloyd. soccer can be difficult to capture, but you did a wonderful job. good use of the zoom also!
Well, the season transitions to fall. Baseball is coming to an end quicker than us SF Giants fans wanted. Here is a parting 200-400 shot of Matt Cain in his last game at AT&T this season--he went 8 shut out innings. Due to shadows, I did the image back-lit. Btw, if you do sports in the fall where player's hats or helmets create face-shadows, try back lit (you probably already knew that!)
Next up: it's hockey and football. This is the Sharks defending against the Ducks the other night. For hockey, the 200-400 gets left in its' case and only 2.8 aperture lenses get used. the 70-200 is the main when shooting through the glass hole--like below. The D3's high ISO performance is really welcomed at the Shark Tank. The President's Cup (golf) is in SF during Oct., so the 200-400 will get a workout then. Oh, if any of you are at Stanford this weekend for football, I'm the guy wearing the CAL hat on the field (it goes over well with the Athletic Director...)
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thanks LLoyd. back lit creates a nice back ground for sure.
well, its going to be mostly inside for now and no 200-400...
here's one from today with the terrible old version 70-200VR. no, i am not wasting money on the new one. i like a little natural 'framing' anyway.
Well it was the last home game of the year for the SF Giants and Tim Lincecum closed out the home-stand which was fitting given he opened the season at AT&T Park. So probably not many sports fans on this forum, but for the one or two who know who the Giants are--these are for you. 200-400 of course (the only lens I take to the park)
The Giants defeated Guy's Diamondbacks 7-3. (for you optics freaks that worry about putting a filter on your lens, #2 was shot with a heavy net on the lens!)
(BTW, I lived in SF for some time, went to grad school there, but had no car, so I spent a lot of time at the A's games, since BART got me there easily. I'm originally from Boston, so I'm a lifelong Sox fan, and the American League was always (still is) first in my heart!)
Fantastic shots, whether you're into basebal... or not.
Revealing a lot of action and intention.
Technically the quality of contrast in the second shot is unique.
here's one from this weekend...portrait with a 200-400!
you just need to borrow some pretty models...
Great sports shots. Only place I've used this lens is out in the woods. Beautiful lens. Sort of a Nikon Swiss Army knife. Works well with TC-E14E, also. Cheers.
1. D3; 200-400mm lens; 1/1000s @f/8; ISO 3200
2. D3; 200-400mm lens; 1/1250s @f/8; ISO 3200
3. D3; 200-400mm lens; 1/1000s @f/8; ISO 800
great shots and subject! was wondering why you shoot at f/8 and such a high speed--and thereby need the ISO? i shoot sports, so everything is usually moving, and can get away with much slower speeds and open apertures--and lower ISO. the D3 can handle 3200, but it won't give you much crop ability and using curves can be messy. anyway, I'm sure you have good reasons, just thought I might learn from your experience.
1. D3; 200-400 lens; 1/1000s @ f/4; ISO 1600
2. D3; 200-400 lens; 1/1000s @ f/11; ISO 3200
Lloyd, it was the Skagit Eagle Sanctuary near Rockport, WA. Very pretty Country. Cheers.
A Green Jay from south Texas.
Thanks. It's been here a few days and I didn't think anyone noticed.
Thanks guys. Much appreciated.
Am I being too naive (too "optimistic" ) even thinking about handholding a 300mm VR tele ... ?
to keep this thread going, a few more from Sports Illustrated' site today. Taken at Stanford on Sat. iso 3200 and 2500. I only take one lens to these games most of the time. It even works at night.
Super shots as always - thanks for sharing
Caracara. From the Martin Refuge in south Texas.