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07-27-2012, 12:31 PM   #856
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I bet he posed as "one of the kids" that enters the field with the players.
Position says me that he is on the field (almost).

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wow, great, how did you get in there?
I simply filled out the application form!

It may have helped that I live in Wales and maybe they were looking for more "local" photographers, I don't know!
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Great shots Kellyboy. Exif shows you used a K5 and a 200mm lens. Are you allowed to bring the big (eg Sigma 50-500) into the stadium or could you only bring the Pentax 50-200?
I brought the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 as it's my longest lens. I thought about borrowing my dad's 500mm Sigma, but it's only f/5.6 (or maybe f/6.3) and that would be too slow.

I can assure you that there was a great deal of lens envy - plenty of 400mm f/2.8 and 500mm lenses. It was an eye opener too. Plenty of laptops being used throughout the match sending pics as they're taken.

Superb experience & I'm going back for more soon. Maybe next Saturday (GB Men's match) or the Bronze medal match on Aug 10th.

Oh, and everyone else had multiple high-end Canikon bodies. I bet i was the only Pentaxian in a 10 mile radius!

Great fun!
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I simply filled out the application form!

It may have helped that I live in Wales and maybe they were looking for more "local" photographers, I don't know!
wow, if I knew that would work. To what events do you have accreditation?

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wow, if I knew that would work. To what events do you have accreditation?
Errr...I'm not sure. I think it's only for the Millennium Stadium. I don't really want to travel to London and then have to come straight back because I can't get in anywhere!
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Errr...I'm not sure. I think it's only for the Millennium Stadium. I don't really want to travel to London and then have to come straight back because I can't get in anywhere!
enjoy your trip there and let us enjoy some nice pictures.
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QuoteOriginally posted by The Kellyboy Quote
I brought the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 as it's my longest lens. I thought about borrowing my dad's 500mm Sigma, but it's only f/5.6 (or maybe f/6.3) and that would be too slow.

Superb experience & I'm going back for more soon. Maybe next Saturday (GB Men's match) or the Bronze medal match on Aug 10th.

Great fun!
If you will be shooting daylight matches then I would for sure bring that Sigma 500 F5.6 to the stadium. The K5 is a great high ISO preformer so don't be afraid to trun up the ISO.
Whatever your choice, enjoy the games, happy shooting and I hope we can see some of your results here.
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U10 soccer action. All 1/1000s, f/6.3.

First 6 shots: Sigma 70-200/F2.8 II

1. ISO125, FL 145mm.



2. ISO160, FL 200mm. Love the look on the defender's face and his clenched fists: tough little guy.




A 4-shot goal scoring sequence. (Our team won this match, 5-0.) All ISO125-200, FL 200mm.

3a.


3b. The ball is now over the goal line: the white chalk mark on the ground.


3c.


3d.



Last 4 shots, Pentax DA* 60-250/F4.

4. ISO125, FL 98mm. "Everyone, adopt a different pose."




A 2-shot unintentional "coming together" sequence. ISO125, FL 250mm.

5a.


5b.



6. ISO160, FL 250mm. This player is a good kicker, but doesn't run very far or fast. He surprised me with the height of this leap.



Dan.


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I have been busy shooting dirt track auto racing in both natural light and artificial. So far my K-5 with Sigma 70-300 1:4-5.6 DL MACRO has been doing a satisfactory job. I also use an SMC F 35-105 for closer work. So far the high ISO performance has made up for most of the need to buy an f2.8 lens. Also the sealed body has kept the sensor clean in a unavoidably dusty environment.


More photos @ Speedblur101's photosets on Flickr

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Some Old Guys Playing Table Tennis.

The oldest is almost 67 and plays like he's half his age...with success.
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Hi Ron,

I know you photographed some of them somewhere back in this thread, I think I'm in the wrong country!

sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/dutch-field-hockey-popular-reasons-beyond-field-hockey-232321640--oly.html
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Hi Ron,

I know you photographed some of them somewhere back in this thread, I think I'm in the wrong country!

sports.yahoo.com/blogs/olympics-fourth-place-medal/dutch-field-hockey-popular-reasons-beyond-field-hockey-232321640--oly.html
haha, I know.

This is a fun one: http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/mraYR9esgY_my1N3e_Ljaw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Z...jpg_192655.jpg from that serie.

They have been working on training a sixpack for the last six weeks and the results look very well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
haha, I know.

This is a fun one: http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/mraYR9esgY_my1N3e_Ljaw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Z...jpg_192655.jpg from that serie.

They have been working on training a sixpack for the last six weeks and the results look very well.
My god she is ripped! For a female to maintain that kinda physique takes an incredible amount of work!
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There's some more pics from Women's Olympic Football - Japan's win against Brazil.
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BC Summer Games Boys U12 Soccer

A week before the London Olympics started, my son was the goalkeeper for a team of U12 boys from Vancouver-Squamish at the BC Summer Games. (Twenty-five former Summer Games alumni have gone on to compete at the Olympics, including Ryder Hesjedal and Dylan Armstrong. Just sayin' ... )

The boys' U12 Gold Medal Game day started with rain, which cleared up somewhat during their match. I started out by shooting with my DA 50-200mm WR kit lens, then switching to the DA 55-300 ED midway through.

What was interesting to compare was the difference between the two lenses. (The set is here BC Summer Games 2012 - a set on Flickr in case you'd like to see everything I've uploaded so far.)

Because it was such an overcast day, I'd also started shooting using a slower shutter speed to keep the ISO relatively low. At first I was not that pleased with the blurriness, but then realized it's all part of practicing the panning on the fly!

The first four photos were taken with the DA 50-200 WR.
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The remaining photos were taken with the DA 55-300 ED (I have a Marumi circular polarizing filter on this one too, which may account somewhat for the difference in colour and contrast). I boosted the speed up to 1/500sec on most of these. As a result, I'm thinking there seems to be more of a 'static' feel to the action ... what do you think?

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To put the next two photos in context, at the start of the match it was believed that the opposing team was almost sure to win, but during play, our boys had kept the game scoreless for an entire 59 minutes. A penalty was called when one of the opposing players dove, making it look like a foul. The one goal of the game was scored on the free kick during the final minute, which is what you see about to get in past my son.

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As a result, the boys ended up with Silver for the Games, which in itself is quite an accomplishment, but felt like utter defeat to these kids at the time.

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But after the game and the Medal awards, where they received a great number of congratulations, they perked up in the end. (My son is the second from right in this last shot.)

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