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A night match at the Family Circle Cup women's tennis tournament at Daniel Island

Power and Grace

A friend of mine gave me a pair of tickets to the Family Circle Cup women’s tennis tournament tonight so I grabbed my 40D and the EF 80-200mm f/2.8L and headed over to center court just a few miles from my house.  Sports are not really my interest when it comes to photography, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to practice some high-speed action photography.   The f/2.8 lens gave me a decent amount of light to play with, but I still bumped up the ISO on the 40D to 1000 in order to get shutter speeds into the 400-640 range.  The 40D is decent with higher ISOs, but noise reduction in post was required.  I also found that the 40D is a bit slow when shooting high-speed bursts to try and capture shots like this where you have the player and the ball in the frame.  For any given hit I managed only one frame that included the ball.  With a higher speed camera like the newer 7D or the 1Ds I would likely have gotten more potential keepers.  Tonight’s score was 2-for-88.  That wouldn’t put a lot of food on the table if shooting tennis were my job!  But it was fun to play at it!

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Written by Brian Fancher

April 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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