Not always behind the viewfinder

October 24th, 2008
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Hey Friends!

Sorry for the uber-delayed update–I’ve been working a lot of desk shifts lately to accommodate vacation time by other members of our staff, so I’d be posting about pushing pixels and I wouldn’t want to bore you all with that!

Anyhoo, today I’d like to share with you a shot I took last week at a high school football game between Aiea and Moanalua.  The story was on sportsmanship, and I got word that the two teams would gather in a circle of prayer at midfield prior to the coin toss.

With this in mind, I thought a great perspective would be to use a pole cam and a fisheye lens to capture both teams with their heads down in prayer, and hands held together.

I mounted a Canon 1D Mark III and a 15mm fisheye lens to a Gitzo monopod and used Pocketwizard Plus II transceivers to trigger the shutter.  Here’s what I came up with:

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 15mm f2.8, Exposure Mode:  Aperture Priority with -1/3 exposure compensation, ISO 6400, 1/125 at f4.5, 4200K Whitebalance

Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 15mm f2.8, Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority with -1/3 exposure compensation, ISO 6400, 1/125 at f4.5, 4200K Whitebalance

 

 

I tried various different angles, but this one was the most compositionally sound and really captured the essence of the moment.  

With modern technology now, and through the use of Pocket Wizards, photographers don’t need to be behind the viewfinder to capture a great picture.  Later on with different sports, I’ll go into the setup of remote cameras in more depth.

Enjoy, for now!  Next up, I’ll be sharing some images that I’ll be making at the Hawaii/Nevada football game with the new Canon EF 800 f5.6L.  Stay tuned!

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3 Responses to “Not always behind the viewfinder”

  1. kent:

    wowzers. you;re using the 800mm tomorrow? nice! Should be interesting. less weight no? LOL. I’ve considered doing the fisheye thing you did for weddings…i just dont have the gear to do it. oh wells. nice story behind the photo! thanks for sharing!


  2. Andy:

    Once again – thank you for picking up the blog for us! I really do need to dig my gear out and start shooting again.

    Seeing your tech info is helpful. It’s always cool to see images that other photographers produced – wether they be professional or hobbyists. The tech side of things really helps me to understand the “how” and “why”.


  3. Kaipo:

    Curiosity brought me to your blog, and lo and behold, there’s your absolutely awesome photo of the two OIA teams in prayer! Brought a tear to my one good eye. Now that’s the kind of image that really tells a story. Mahalo for the moment of inspiration…


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