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Need some tips for a College Fencing Shoot...Please!
Larry Strumwasser, Photographer, Photo Editor
Hicksville | NY | USA | Posted: 11:36 AM on 11.12.10
->> I was asked to shoot some women's college fencing does anyone here have some tips ?

During a competition, how close can you get in regard to the action. Would I be on the floor or up higher in the seats?
I will have credentials for this.

Is this a 400mm f2.8, 300mm F2.8 , 70-200mm or a fast prime 85mm territory? I am shooting Nikon D3 ..... Any tips would be helpful.
I do not want to bring too much gear, as I will not have an assistant.

The venue is a college in NYC..... Women's fencing

Thank you,
Larry Strumwasser
Sportsshooter member
tpsfoto@aol.com
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Cooper Neill, Student/Intern
Nashville | Tn | USA | Posted: 12:22 PM on 11.12.10
->> The "Big Picture" just did a series from the Fencing World Championships in Paris that is worth checking out. Granted, it won't be the exact same setup but it will give you some ideas of what to look for.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/11/2010_world_fencing_championshi.htm...
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David Manning, Photographer
Athens | GA | | Posted: 12:24 PM on 11.12.10
->> You should drop Daniel Shirey a line.

http://www.sportsshooter.com/members.html?id=8362

He fences. Pretty good at it too.
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Scott Serio, Photo Editor, Photographer
Colora | MD | USA | Posted: 7:38 PM on 11.13.10
->> Looking thru the Big Picture photos, all I could think was, "Man, this screams for a remote with a fisheye." DING! Photo #24. Fun stuff.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 7:51 PM on 11.13.10
->> Larry, you ask about all those lenses....you can't make a lens decision until you know what the venue is and where your available shooting positions are. I would suggest calling the college and asking what kind of access you will be granted.
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Kolman Rosenberg, Photographer
Mentor | OH | USA | Posted: 11:04 PM on 11.13.10
->> I just shot a fencing tourney a few months ago and it's the toughest thing I ever shot!

I was shooting under cycling lights with constantly changing WB for starters. The fencers have wires attached to them and their foils, so there are wires running everywhere. The official is on one side of them and a scoring table on the other and the best I could do was directly behind one of the fencers or off at a 45 degree angle. Then off course, they are wearing protective masks so you can't see either fencer's face regardless of where you're shooting from.

I'm still trying to figure out what I could have done differently. I wish I could have gotten above them!
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 11:40 PM on 11.13.10
->> okay, I guess I'm putting on my "incredulous" face. you're kidding, right? please do some BASIC research on a sport before you make comments or ask questions. cycling lights? hell, they are at every venue I shoot at. MASKS?????!!!! holy friggin tamales!!! did you think you were going to shoot a Zorro movie? come on folks! fencers wear masks. look at that link to the world championship. they have to take them OFF! crap football players wear helmets. do some research before you shoot something. R-E-A-D about it. I know that might be a novel concept nowadays but I always read a story abut the teams (or individual) I'm covering BEFORE I wander into an event so I have a basic understanding of who and what I should look for. KNOWLEDGE is POWER. plus you have the added benefit of not looking like an idiot when you post questions on a website.
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Michael Fischer, Photographer
Spencer | Ia | USA | Posted: 1:46 AM on 11.14.10
->> No kidding Scott. Dynamic image..incredible venue.

One more reason to go back to Paris... hmmmm..
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Nigel Farrow, Photographer
Suffolk | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 5:51 AM on 11.14.10
->> Larry, check which style of fencing this is. Foil, Epee and Sabre all have different rules and scoring. A couple of years ago I photographed two different styles at an event. I can't remember which is which but one involved a lot of back and forth action with loads of drama as competitors celebrated points or questioned referees calls, whilst another seemed to be a lot more technical and with points down to just one "strike". It may be the tournament involves all three styles or just one.

Whilst photographing look out for which hand they use especially if you are shooting at an angle to the piste. It is easy to lose sight of the weapon behind a competitor at the best of times from such a position and it may not be easy to move during a bout.

Enjoy.
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Kolman Rosenberg, Photographer
Mentor | OH | USA | Posted: 12:44 PM on 11.14.10
->> Did all that Chuck, and made some nice images! Just trying to give Larry a list of issues that he might want to think about. Every venue is somewhat different and the one that I shot had 15 different matches (sorry I don't recall what they might be called in fencing)going on simultaneously! A very busy event to maneuver in and around!
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