Feb 172020
 

I’ve got to get this off my chest. Yes, I am a gearhead, or gearhog as my wife would attest. While you don’t need a top of the line camera to take great pictures, it does help make my life easier.

That said, I went out and bought a new Canon 1Dx mkIII. What does it do better? Autofocus, autofocus, autofocus! So far I’ve shot 5 basketball games, one JV, two Varsity (high school) and 2 varsity college games. Autofocus with the previous 1Dxs was good, but Canon has built a new sensor, shutter and autofocus system for this camera.

So far I’ve been able to capture action sequences of 30+ images with the players driving to the basket and they are all in focus! I haven’t had to worry about the buffer in the camera, the internal processor and fast CFexpress cards eliminated that as a concern. And the shutter while faster (16 vs. 14 fps) is much quieter than the previous shutters. It’s almost a stealth shutter before I turn stealth mode on!


With a new sensor comes better color rendition and at least 1 stop of better ISO performance. These 5 basketball games were shot at ISO 20,000 at 1/2,000sec f/4.0 with Canons 70-200 lens. I don’t think I’ll worry about a dark gym again!

Here’s a sample image.

He’s got a great vertical jump! 1/2000 f/4.0 ISO 20000

I have one complaint and it has nothing to do with Canon or the camera. Software is lagging behind this release. My software of choice is Capture One, and as of this writing they haven’t updated the current version to hand the new camera image format (now CR3). Hopefully this will be resolved soon. I hate using Photoshop to edit my images

 Posted by at 9:06 pm
Dec 042018
 

Got the first round at Liberty North last night. The women’s games were worth the time.

The Galleries are up –

St Pius X v Liberty North

http://18.kcsports.net/index.php?/category/371

Park Hill v St Joe Central

http://18.kcsports.net/index.php?/category/372

 

Park Hill v St Joe Central

and

 

St Pius X v Liberty North

 

 

 Posted by at 5:36 pm
Dec 012018
 

Maranatha played St Pius X at Liberty High, today, followed by Free State’s Firebirds against Blue Springs Wildcats.

The Galleries are up –

Maranatha v St Pius X

http://18.kcsports.net/index.php?/category/365

Free State v Blue Springs
http://18.kcsports.net/index.php?/category/366
 Posted by at 11:49 pm
Aug 112018
 

Jeff and I shot Liberty North and Liberty High Friday night/Saturday morning.  It was great seeing everyone again, and everyone was excited to see a new season get started.

The Liberty High action is here. The guys warmed up and got started with a spirited scrimmage at midnight.

The kids were all there, all pressed together in their corner of the stands, and excited to be out at 1am!

I had gone to Liberty North earlier and gotten some interesting action over there. The ‘feeder’ program, football Sharks, full of future players, got underway and these youngsters were glad to be playing on the big field, where one day their gridiron dreams will take shape.

They are in their own separate gallery.

Their uniforms colorful and their enthusiasm notable. Future stars, indeed.

I also attended the Liberty North scrimmage, gallery here.  It was a typical North production, high energy and colorful.

It was a great start to the year. Good luck to everyone.

 

 

 Posted by at 10:29 pm