The Cougar Country Nadirs Premiere Softball team played in the first playoff game of the Spring 2016 WSU Intramural (WSU IMs) season. The game was played at the Valley Road Playfields – Field C. We were the home team. Unfortunately we were playing very shorthanded. We only have eight players going against a team that we had not played before. As it turned out the team was a bunch of hitters. I lost count of the number of balls they hit to the fence. They also did have a couple homeruns. It made for a long night as the Nadirs were eliminated from the playoffs in round one.
I was unable to play due to my recovery. So I decided I would try to take photos. The fields were lit with field lights. It is not incredibly bright. I talked to my friend Dean Hare about shooting these photos. As far as shutter speed I had read that 1/500 is the slowest I would want to go for sports. I asked Dean what ISO setting I should use. He suggested I needed to use the one that would get me the photo. What I found was that with a shutter speed of 1/500 I used an ISO setting of 10,000. Even then the photos were still sort of dark. What’s worse is the photos are pretty grainy. This was my first attempt at doing such a shoot and I found the results are not quite what I would have hoped for. There are a few photos in this collection that I like but overall I feel like they are too grainy and too “snapshot-ish” for what I would have liked.
As I mentioned already these photos were taken with a shutter speed of 1/500 sec (mostly), ISO-10000, and various focal lengths. I used my Canon 70D with a Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
This afternoon I took a trip to Lewiston, Idaho. I decided to take the scenic route home and get some photos along the way. I drove on Wawawai Road up to SR194 and into Pullman. Along the way I stopped to get some photos of the canyons and rolling hills.
With the help of a couple friends I have been testing some new equipment and methods for removing the green screen and cast for portraits.
– Canon 70D dSLR with Canon EF Lens 50mm 1:1.89 STM lens
– Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash
– Manfrotto 294 Aluminum Tripod with 3-Way Head
– Impact Background Support System – 12′ Wide
– Prism Backdrops by Ravelli 6×10′ Chromakey Green Muslin Backdrop
– Life of Photo 12 x 12″ Inch 18% Gray Reference Reflector Card
– StudioPRO 3200 Watt Double 24″x36″ Softbox Lighting with 14 45W light bulbs
Each set of two photos is a before and after editing with Lightroom and Photoshop. The first set is my friend Jeff. My settings for the camera were iso-100, f/8, 1/25 sec.
The second two sets are my friend Patrick. My settings for both sets were iso-100, f/5, 1/125 sec. An indirect flash was also used on both of Patrick’s sets.
The third two sets are my friend Riley. In the first set my camera was set at iso-100, f/5.6, 1/125 sec. The second set was iso-100, f/5, 1/125 sec. An indirect flash was also used on both of Riley’s sets.
Green screen and cast removal methods are from the Photoshop Mama video series on youtube. The first of the series can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2IIfMjf_iI
The Garden Lounge went to Anaconda, MT in July of 2015 for the Goosetown softball tournament. The tournament features teams from all over the Pacific Northwest. Shot with Kodak Z612.