I chose a night game for this photo walk to challenge the shooters. I think i succeded! Covering soccer in itself is challenging due to the fast, unpredictable action and size of the playing field. However at night, under dim stadium lights, it’s even more difficult. Long, fast aperture lenses are needed, along with a camera that can handle high ISOs. (For the action photos you see on this page, I used a Canon 1DX with a 400mm f2.8 lens. ISO was set at 8000 with a shutter speed of 1/640 of a second.)
Those photo walkers who did not have 2.8 aperture telephotos, practiced a technique called panning or what I like to call, painting with motion. When done right with a slow shutter speed, it can produce fluid, action photos.
A special thank you to De La Salle’s athletic department and Conrad Rowling for allowing us to hold this photo walk.
Photos will soon be published from all the participants on the Camera West Photo Walk Flickr site.
And as always, check out our Events link on the Camera West website for upcoming photo walks and events. On our next photo walk, we will be shooting beautiful waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Marin County.