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Basketball feedback Please
Andrew Mo, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 12:26 AM on 02.08.06
->> Hi everyone, this is my first thread on sportsshooter. In advance, I want to thank you guys for all I've learned by reading your advice and viewing all the inspiring images. Sports Shooter is a fantastic community and I am thankful to be a member.

Friday night I shot my second basketball game for 2006 -- I am no longer affiliated with the campus newspaper so I was looking to take a different direction with these pictures, utilizing some of the unique architectural features, such as the goal supports, at Rimac Arena where the Tritons play their home games.

I've updated my member profile with pictures from the game here:

Largely I've been having trouble with the ability to anticipate and time peak action with the dynamics of basketball. Also, there are some shots that I would like to create, but having observed the subjects I'm photographing, sometimes the intensity of play just lacks the aggressiveness I'm looking for.

Any comments or advice would be much appreciated!

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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington, DC & Seattle | WA | US | Posted: 12:47 AM on 02.08.06
->> Overall...nice images. #4 and #6 don't really work for me...shooting through the glass from that perspective is just way too busy for my taste.

"the ability to anticipate and time peak action" will come from practice. Each "level" of hoops has a different speed and you need to adjust for that. The only way is via practice. Some people adjust quicker than others (i.e. need less practice) but in general it's shoot shoot shoot. Then shoot some more.

"intensity of play just lacks the aggressiveness" is what it is. If you're shooting Central Alabama A&M Tech vs Topeka State Jr. College you might not have he same intensity/level of play/"aggressiveness" as you get in Duke vs UNC.

I think you did a nice job "utilizing some of the unique architectural features" regardless of the level of aggressiveness...keep it up, keep improving and keep looking to make the images that you see in your mind.

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Robert Benson, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 12:56 AM on 02.08.06
->> Did you light just one side of the court with strobe?
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Brian Valentin, Student/Intern
Genoa | IL | USA | Posted: 1:22 AM on 02.08.06
->> Well, I certainly like the direction you took with your wide-angle shots. Yours are nice scene setters and give a sense of place. Well done wide angle BBall shots are hard to pull off. I don't know how many times I've toted a 14mm to a game and sat in the corner and waited for the action to come in my corner, before I grew impatient and put my long glass back on.

I think three, six, and nine could stand a crop from the bottoms and sides, although I can be a bit crop happy. Take care not to make them too square.

Three from the bottom, as close to the shooter's elbow without making it too square. Six would work well for me if you cropped the bottom and the right just leaving the rim itself in the frame. Nine crop just above the second Triton players head and a little from the right.

Like Delane said practice will make all the difference. Heck, I went and shot a HS bball game down the road from me for practice "free" tonight because I need all the practice I can get. Some nights you will be in the flow and be "money", some not.

One last note, I'm not sure how many shots your taking per game, but that will have a direct impact on your ratio of keepers. Obviously with strobes your count will be lower than without. Personally, for a full HS game(college will be longer)I think I probably shoot between 100-150. Shooting more is an easy way to improve your images.

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Seh Suan Ngoh, Photographer
Singapore | SG | Singapore | Posted: 1:31 AM on 02.08.06
->> Try to figure out the Games Concepts that associated with basketball (or other sports); search for "territorial-invasion games" online and that will give you a good clue as to how the game will unfold for your shooting. Good luck!
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Andrew Mo, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 3:18 PM on 02.08.06
->> Thanks for the responses everyone.

Robert ->> Did you light just one side of the court with strobe?

I used a pair of monolights overhead on one side of the court. Because of the crossbar support for the backboards, using one shadow would cast a shadow of the bar on one side, so I decided to use two lights to create some symmetry in the created shadows. That is the " /" V-shaped thing around the key you can see in some of the shots.

For shots 4 and 6 I'm hoping to try and find something that same concept of looking through the glass, but less busy in future games.

Thanks again,
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