As I mentioned in my last post, it's gymnastics season. Macy had her first real meet this weekend. Since she last competed, we have changed gyms and USAG has changed all the routines which included a shift of the skills. The skills that Delaney was performing last year as a level 4 are now the skills for level 3 so even though Macy has already competed at level 3 and did well, she is doing it again because it is a whole new level 3.
As a 3rd year veteran of gymnastics photography, I have pretty much figured out the settings. I leave it on Manual mode with my aperture set to 2.8 and my shutter speed at 1/500. I let my camera choose the ISO but don't let it go above 6400 because it just gets too grainy beyond that. The lighting in this gym was pretty bad and as most of you know, flash photography is prohibited for the safety of the gymnasts which means that it was pretty much at 6400 the whole time except on bars where the wall right next to her was white and reflecting enough light to get it down to 5000 in some cases. These have all been cropped and color corrected to counter act the horrible sodium vapor lighting. UGH! How I hate that. Everything is still a little warmer than I had really wanted but I think that's mostly due to the orangey yellow color of the bleachers in the background of most of the pics. I did desaturate those colors a bit but if I did it too much, it started to effect skin tone. Yes, I realize I could use the adjustment brush to selectively edit the background but I had a lot of pics to get through and even with LR5, it's still a lot of work to do that. I may take the time to do it to the main pic above but right now, I was just concentrating on getting them presentable.
Here are the pics I liked from the day.
And if you want to see the video, that's here.
Her next meet is in 3 weeks. She is determined to do better next time. A fall on her mill circle on bars and that bobble on beam kept her out of first all around this time. Everest is a no joke meet though with the best gyms in the state attending. Competition will be TOUGH. Finger's crossed for her and I'll let you know how it goes.
If you are wondering about Delaney, she is still in gymnastics but has switched to AAU which fits her learning style. That league competes starting in Jan so this year our family will be in competition mode for 8 months. God help us!
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