Krystal told me I could go to a practice to practice with my new camera. Of course I took her up on that. I shot with all 3 of my lenses varying the settings to see if I could optimize the exposure.
These are NOT great photographs. I could make them marginally better but that's not the point of this shoot. It was to see what I could get with the different lenses, learn how to get the most out of my equipment, how much PP needed to be done with different settings and get a reasonable guess as to whether my glass will suffice for this coming season. On top of that, since I haven't cropped most of them and I shot in RAW, the files are ENORMOUS! Fatcow claims that they allow pics up to 8Mb to be uploaded but I'm finding that anything more than 5 is being rejected so the quality is significantly decreased from what I'm seeing on my screen. In some cases more than 50%.
I have labeled each pic with the metadata in case you want to know the differences and evaluate the performance.
I'm very thankful to Krystal for allowing me to get in the gym like this. I'm also very appreciative of the coaches and gymnasts for going about their business as if I wasn't there.
The first set of 5 pics was taken with my Sigma 24-700. All of these were ISO 2500 and f2.8. The first one is a significant crop and moderate PP work done, the others I only cropped enough to get them down to a size that was up-loadable. Nothing else was done to enhance them.
The first 3 were all shot from the other side of the gym. The last 2 were on the elevated platform where the light is practically non-existent.
These were taken with my Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6. I had to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/250 minimum because anything less than that was waaaay under-exposed. Next time I will try to up the ISO more and add the in-camera noise reduction.
I've included several different focal lengths so I can evaluate the lens throughout it's capabilities When I get lucky, some aren't too bad but stopping motion is nearly impossible. I have to time my shots just right in order to get the shot at the right time. Of couse, I should be doing that anyway so perhaps it's a good thing. I'm OK with the level 4 routines but I'll have to watch more level 3 to get to the point where I can anticipate when the good shots are.
None of these were touched in any way except for exporting them to a size acceptable to Fatcow.
These next few were taken with my Nikon 50mm 1.8. The first one I cropped and messed with the tint a little to remove the afore mentioned cycling effect. The second one I processed significantly. The third, I didn't touch. All were ISO 1600, 50mm, f1.8 and 1/640. The vignetting in the 3rd one is easily fixed with a lens correction in LR so I'm not worried about that as much, as long as I shoot RAW. I'm not certain I will ever be close enough for this lens to work. MAYBE at Think Pink but the rest will most likely be too far away. Cropping is an option so I will have to think about this scenario some more.
I have figured out a few things. 1) shutter speed needs to be 1/400 minimum. To really freeze motion even faster would be better. 2) 70mm won't be enough reach for most meets. Even with my high res capabilities, in order to crop it down to a usable size, I've lost too much detail and gained too much noise. 3) f2.8 is marginally acceptable. Above that, I have to up the ISO to insane numbers and as we all know, higher ISO produces... more noise. 4) I need to try this again with my camera set to do more of the noise reduction to see if it makes a significant difference. 5) I need more practice. I'm getting too wrapped up in things. Once I've left, I think about what I did and want to kick myself for not doing one thing or another differently. If I'd slow down and think, my results will probably get better. When was the last time I slowed down though. *sigh* I'm hoping to be able to shoot again and remember what I've learned this time to improve my outcomes.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun