International Basketball in Liverpool 26.8.10

2 09 2010

Still catching up with some blog posts. Covered the Basketball Internationals recently at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Found the official cycle parking area at last. Its round at the back of the arena and quite hard to spot. Picked up the accreditation and was taken to the photographer positions at court side. First impressions,good lighting and plenty of room to work. Photographers tables set up court side,which meant you could photograph,edit and transmit with out leaving the court. Shot with the 70-200 2.8 for the whole time. Camera settings were as follows: aperture 2.8 ISO 2500 shutter speed 1000s.I found that custom white balance worked the best to balance the lights. On the the matches . The GB  men faced  Bosnia Hercegovina and the women Germany.

The GB men qualified for the European finals for the second successive time with a 94-85 overtime win over Bosnia-Hercegovina.Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu both produced their highest scores for GB, Deng hitting 38 points and Mensah-Bonsu adding 32 and 21 rebounds.GB needed two free throws with 19 seconds left to reach overtime at 81-81 but dominated the extra period.Nate Reinking added 16 points as GB reached EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.

The women also has a successful outcome and qualified for the European Finals.GB women booked their place in the EuroBasket finals for the first time with a 77-59 demolition of Germany .Led by a fantastic performance from Julie Page who finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, three steals and two assists, Tom Maher’s side never looked back after a strong first half.

Photos online at http://www.f2images.co.uk







Nikon 200 2.8 AFS VR11

16 02 2010

I purchased this lens when it was released by Nikon. This lens is super sharp across the frame on all apertures. The contrast is better than the older version of this lens as well. The basketball photo was taken with this lens and a Nikon D3 body. Settings as follows: 3200 asa,shutter speed 800s at 2.8.

This proved to be a great combination for basketball,focus speed seems a little faster too.I shot a few frames using the 200 f2 and found it hard to see a difference between the two lenses. All in all very pleased with this purchase.

Basketball photos can be viewed and purchased from the following link:

http://www.photoshelter.com/c/imagelibrary/gallery-collection/Everton-Tigers-Basketball-Photos-by-Alan-Edwards/P0000NUDVu5ZSRcc

Alan Edwards   http://www.f2images.co.uk