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Kris Oechsle

rainy conditions & shooting sports don't mix?

Wondering if some folks will view my gallery samples of last night's high school track meet held under misty/drizzle, stormy-type conditions in the late afternoon & early evening.

I went with manual settings and used my monopod but still came up with images like those in the gallery. I used ISO settings of 1000 on the first two and 1250 on images 3&4. Unfortunately, the backgrounds were mostly solid while the foreground subjects were blurred (wish it was the other way around)

This has been a pattern when shooting sports under these weather conditions...wondering if anyone can provide tips on what adjustments can be made...thank you for your ideas and for viewing my photos.

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5/14/2008 1:05:25 PM

Todd Bennett
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/8/2004

When I look at those I see a focusing issue. I may be wrong. Take the 2 of the girls. If you look at them the people in the stands appear to be a little more in focus than the girls on the track. When you say all manual, were you using manual focus or auto focus. If auto focus, do you remember where your focus was set, i.e. center, center top, left center, etc.?

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5/14/2008 1:46:39 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  What brand lens were you using?
Was it a Nikkor or a generic?

I will elaborate further after I read your answer.

One tid-bit of advice I can give is to get higher (or tilt your camera angle down) to eliminate all of the sky when shooting under such crummy conditions.
An overcast sky will always over-expose when you meter off something darker in the foreground.

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5/14/2008 2:20:40 PM

Kris Oechsle   Bob:
The lens is a Nikkor 80-200mm. Thank you for your thoughts.

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5/14/2008 2:35:30 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
  Why shoot so wide? They are out of focus.
you don't need to get higher, just use better framing.

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5/14/2008 4:31:38 PM

Oliver Anderson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/16/2004
  And that folks is why I never wear red leotard at the
OK...I shoot lots of high speed events AMA, Nascar, MotoGP & Drifting. focusing is a major problem in all 4 photos. To me it looked as the crowd was more in focus than the runners...I think you need to learn to pan with the runners.

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5/14/2008 10:15:17 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Focus manually onto a particular point on the track and fire off a series of shots when they reach your focus point.

Getting higher will make it easier to crop out a dull sky at the scene.

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5/15/2008 1:58:31 AM

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