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04-12-2014, 08:37 AM   #1681
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Thanks for all the responses. I tried AF.C for yesterday's game but I'm still working the pix through pp so the jury's still out Admittedly, lacrosse can be pretty challenging for any camera (or photographer)--lots of potential subjects moving pretty fast--see my post above for examples. I'll keep at this--there's clearly a learning curve--but I could make the case for sticking with the K-5IIs since my main objective is posting to the web (as opposed to making life sized posters or nailing the cover of SI.)

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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
Thanks for all the responses. I tried AF.C for yesterday's game but I'm still working the pix through pp so the jury's still out Admittedly, lacrosse can be pretty challenging for any camera (or photographer)--lots of potential subjects moving pretty fast--see my post above for examples. I'll keep at this--there's clearly a learning curve--but I could make the case for sticking with the K-5IIs since my main objective is posting to the web (as opposed to making life sized posters or nailing the cover of SI.)
I think the K-5 IIs doesn't get enough credit in the AF department - at least not after the K-3's release. I believe the K-3 is better, but the K-5 IIs is doing the job for me (whereas the K-5 was just "getting by").


It's probably just a matter of getting the right K-3 settings (and possibly modifying your technique), but I believe the K-5 IIs can still be adequate, so I wouldn't be ashamed of going back to it either.
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@dadipentak -- hang in there! If lacrosse is anything like soccer, it IS tough... the play comes in and out at all angles, and it's hard to pre-focus. Thank God baseball season's started... MUCH easier anticipating an action spot, like home plate.

On the other hand, since it's a girl's team, you could use a guy's Secret Genetic Photographer's Trick -- at the right moment, just hold up a bouquet of roses with some chocolate bars, and watch those kids freeze for a perfect snapshot.
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I don't use my Bigma very often for sports since it is heavy and on my K5 it was slow to focus at times. Yesterday I decided to use it since the soccer game started earlier so there was plenty of light and then I moved over to shoot a softball game. These all use the K5IIs and Bigma.













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And here are some from the softball game taken the same evening as the soccer shots in the previous set.

With the Bigma.





These were with the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8






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Couple of images from Montréal's first Ultimate Frisbee Pro team.







More : https://www.flickr.com/photos/thesorus/sets/72157644519733835/
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QuoteOriginally posted by Thesorus Quote
Couple of images from Montréal's first Ultimate Frisbee Pro team.
I was pretty good at that back in high school. But no one ever told me I could go pro someday!

Thanks for sharing your pics (and bringing back some memories).
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Was shooting a match on the highest level in the Finnish football scene with my trusty combo of K-5 & Tamrom 70-200 f2.8.





This is one of the guys I've been following since the age of 13 as he's been playing with my son all these years.




This last shot pretty much sums the match up. No goals for the b&w home team, which has been stripped down of all their biggest names after last season.

It's starting to feel that this combo of mine is getting a bit tired and I'm pondering my options of upgrading both the body and the main lens I use. Not getting sharp pictures is something that really nags me, and I just wonder if K-3 has what it takes or should I do something more radical. Luckily my bank account strictly disagrees with my upgrading plans, so I'll just have to make do with what I have. For now, that is.
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Yesterday, at Cardiff State Beach near San Diego, the wind was so strong it blew the pelicans out of their graceful formations. But that same howling wind was perfect for the parasailers -- ripping along parallel to the beach at about 30, maybe 40 MPH. No fear -- they hit a wave, use it as a springboard to do flips in midair. Towed along by large Rogallo-wing kites. There were also a few windsurfers. All close to the beach, which made it perfect for photography.

K-5 IIs is a dream for action -- I was able to take several pictures during a single flip -- no camera delays whatsoever. 55-300mm lens, most pix on TAv at f/8, 1/1600 sec, ISO 250 or so.

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Great shots, Jon! Love the guy sideways then upside down.
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Folks our own Ron Hendricks needs our help to be able to keep shooting soccer matches.
Please see this thread and take action.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/261384-would-you...e-vote-me.html
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All the best to Ron! I hope you get things sorted as quickly as possible.

Now a sequence of photos which covers an instance of little longer than a second in a match in the Finnish U19 championship yesterday. Shot in raw, no cropping other than a slight straightening.






No goal and not a happy number 5.
The weather and lighting were difficult for the AF system of my K-5 (and Tamron 70-200 f2.8) and most of the images are not properly in focus. I admit my own part in the equation, but OTOH in brighter conditions the same combo manages to nail the focus much, much more often.
Anyway, I like the sequence and I only hope it had resulted a goal. That would have made it perfect for me - in more ways than one because that number 5 is closely related ;D

Note also that the situation seems to have come as a complete surprise to the goalie.
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Nice baseball shots Rick!
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It's with some ambivalence that I announce my retirement from sports photography. My daughter's senior season has come to an end with her team's loss in the championship semi-finals. It's been fun. Here she is in the quarter-final game.

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QuoteOriginally posted by dadipentak Quote
It's with some ambivalence that I announce my retirement from sports photography. My daughter's senior season has come to an end with her team's loss in the championship semi-finals. It's been fun. Here she is in the quarter-final game.
Nice parting shot! Too bad it's over.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DSims Quote
Nice parting shot! Too bad it's over.
Thanks! The thing is, It was pretty labor intensive: I'd post them for the girls and their parents so I tried include all the girls who played. I'd take about 250 shots each game and end up posting about 25, averaging 2 games a week for three seasons (field hockey, basketball and lacrosse) for the past seven years. It was intensely rewarding but there were also times when all that pp felt like drudgery--punctuated by "Oh, yes!" moments of intense satisfaction.

Interesting thing, btw: often, in my first pass through the game shots, I'd come away thinking, "What crap--I'm hopeless!" but then--when I really got down to pp--I'd find a fair number of decent (and a few pretty darn good) shots every time.

In case anyone's interested, the complete collection from this lacrosse season is here.

It was a great run and I know there were girls and parents who enjoyed the photos and shared them through various media. I have to admit I'm looking forward to the free time (although I suspect I'll fill it up with something similarly demanding and rewarding ;~) Fundamentally, though, it was great to be able to share a meaningful aspect of my daughter's school years. Here's one final shot--coming off the field after that last win--not great technically but I think it captures something essential.


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