Tournament Time   Leave a comment

A soccer tournament snuck up on me but thanks to Teresa S. I got a schedule and managed a couple of games with more scheduled. Saturday the weather was OK but very sunny. This is actually quite difficult for photography due to the harsh shadows the sun creates. Sunday we got more into the typical northwest weather with some rain and the clouds that act like big softboxes. Well, perhaps more than some rain. More like a torrential downpour for most of the game. I was using my Canon 70-200/2.8 IS lens which sheds water pretty well but the camera was in a raincoat for the day. Everything stayed relatively dry – except me. But I did stay warm thanks in large part to the fancy wool shooter’s mittens Beth knit up for me. The full set of the weekend’s games is on my web site.

I know my Canon 20D handles higher ISO very well so I just went up to ISO 1600 to get adequate shutter speeds and shot the game. I generally stay right at f4.0 in Av mode and that was giving me action stopping shutter speeds in most cases. Post processing was done in Photoshop CS4 with the help of the Neat Image Pro plug-in for some noise removal.

Sunday’s game was the CW Fire vs. FC Edmonds Vipers, a couple of talented U18 teams. I thought we were going to have to bring out the SCUBA gear to get through this. You can see the rain here – all those little white specks…

Flying in the rain

A couple more under ‘better’ conditions?


Posted January 29, 2010 by norwoodphotos in Uncategorized

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