Thursday, November 20, 2008

High School Basketball

Fall sports are all done, except for a few state football games finishing up. So with the end of one season brings upon another.....Winter. This new season will bring alot of sports that I have yet to photograph. The first for Gates-Chili was basketball. I wanted to get a few photos in before the season, so I went to their first scrimmage. They played Pittsford Sutherland, who had some pretty tall kids.

I took this shot of the new gym while I was waiting for the scrimmage to start. I used a 18-55mm 3.5/5.6 lens.

Anyways, I wanted to get some quality time reacting to the movement of the ball from player to player and to test out my 85mm 1.8 lens. I have not had many opportunities to use it and this was the best chance to break it in. I actually started the first few sections of the scrimmage with my 70-200mm 2.8 like in this photo. It is the better lens to shoot across the court and catch some solid defense.

I did like the way the 85mm photos came out. The one problem that did occur frequently was missing the focal point and getting some blurry images. I think the speed of the ball movement and the 1.8 aperture caused alot of pics to be out of focus. Hopefully a little more time in the gym will correct this issue.

Here is one of Gates-Chili's football stars taking it hard to the rim. There are a few football players on the basketball team and I think they were still in the football mode (it just ended last weekend). A few more scrimmages and practices will get them back into their basketball state of mind.

I liked the intensity of this photo as one of the Gates players takes it to the rim with a few hands in his face.

The rest of the photos can be seen here: Scrimmage

1 comment:

Winnie said...

You have some really nice photos there for not shooting alot of b-ball Chris!