Going to the Light
A 365-day Photo Journal

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day 50: Friday Night Lights

Day 50 and picking just one was too hard. So here's a series of 5. High School Football...a Friday night fall ritual...a chance for heros to be born. The first was shot with a 35mm lens. The rest were shot with a 70-200mm. ISO 3200, f/3.2, shutter speeds between 1/160 and 1/640.


Kristie said...

I should have known you were there because I saw Jenna on the field, but how is it I never saw you?? We were sitting on the south end 40 yard line .... where were you?

I've been taking photos (no where near as good) at my son's football game. Much more than 800 ISO and the pics are so grainy ..... even at 800 they are grainy. Do you think its because we have about 1/10th the lighting? I'd really love to get clearer photos, and I have total field access so I'm right up close, but they are no where near as sharp as these ... you did a great job. I'm sure the BHS yearbook photographer would be envious and love to get copies!! :)

Kristie said...

No, wait, north end. I'm directionally challenged.

Jim Smith said...

Kristie...we were on the 40 south side. I actually spent the first half down on the field. I can't believe you didn't see me down there. I'm kinda hard to miss.

The lighting definitely helps with the noise. The other thing is that I'm shooting a full-frame camera. The larger the sensor, the less noise at high ISOs.

With less light and shooting at ISO 800, I suspect that your shutter speed is still too low for action shots.

Here's a link to a guy who has the camera that's the newest version of yours...it seems to have great high ISO performance.


Jim Smith said...

I fixed the photos so that clicking on them now brings up larger versions.

Adjective Queen said...

Wow, just great! I was going to ask for some action pics, and here they are. Very professional.

Kristie said...

It's such a balancing act for me, and I'm constantly tweaking, the entire game. Lower the ISO and it's too dark .... speed up the shutter speed and its too dark ... slow down the shutter speed and the action is blurry. (sigh) Lately, I've been using ISO 800, TV mode, starting at about 1/60 in the beginning when we still have some light, and ending at about 1/250 by the end of the night. And 99% of the photos have to be lightened in PS afterwards. So depressing.....

But! I still feel better than the poor parents I see out there with camera phones. At least I know my images are better than theirs, ha! :)