Friday, February 20, 2009

After a fantastically enjoyable break in the Rockie Mountains of Colorado I returned home to Maryland to resume my regular life. We flew in Friday night and on Saturday I shot the Terps vs Hokies men's hoops game at the Comcast Center.

As usual I started up in the stands for the first half. This approach has worked well in the past but this evening it didn't pan out so well. I don't know if it was just the rust of being 1 week separated from the shutter or if the Terps were firing differently but my timing and positioning was just not right. Normally I get several dribble-penetrations and layups in the first half but tonight I came up lagging.

On the other hand I did manage to get some great emotion shots of Dave Neal from up high. The Washington Post ran photos from the same moment in time but their perspective was much lower and they captured considerably less of Dave Neal's face than I managed to grab from up higher. I lucked on in the sense that I was just at the right place at the right time with the right equipment.

I juiced up the sensitivity to 3200 and 4000 tonight to bring in more light. The shots looked considerably better. There's definitely a difference between increasing real exposure versus increasing brightness in post production.


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