Featured Sports – Rugby Cobra 10s

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This is the first time that I took sports pictures and I spent 6 hours out in the sun. I made so many errors its criminal. The focusing of these pictures let me down and I am not sure whether its a technique issue or a camera body issue. The pictures were taken with the 1DIII and 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. The camera was set at AI-Servo mode and the focussing point at the center. ISO setting at ISO 200 giving the shutter speed anything between 1/3000th to 1/8000th. I was not happy!!!!

Some tips are as follows:

1. make sure the shutter speed never drops below 1/2000th (even if it means a high ISO)
2. Pick a spot where not only will there be good action but where you can get a nice clean background
3. look out for drama and high emotions
4. look for reaction shots from spectators and other players

The biggest challenge was predicting where the ball (and hence the action) will be and where to focus at. After careful contemplation between sentences I think its a technique issue.

The final between Canterbury Rugby Union fro New Zealand and Malaysia’s COBRA started at 6 and I already had issues from the lack of light. Wonder how the sports photographers handle taking pics at more than 1/3000th with lighting provided only by the stadium’s floodlights?

Canterbury ultimately defeated COBRA 29 to 12 to lift the Champion’s Cup (see The Star for report).

Canon EOS 1D Mark III
EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS at 200mm
f/2.8 1/4000th ISO 250 Aperture Priority

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