We’re migrating to new gallery software. NEW GALLERY We really like this software. It allows all kinds of flexibility for special events. We’ve easily create 2 more special even galleries. One for the MIAA TOURNAMENT and another one for the GKCBCA All Star games and we’ll be posting those games shortly.
This is opens source software that went into hibernation 5 years ago. Now it’s got new supporters and we’re certainly in that mix. We host our own websites so it make that dramatically easier. Now I need to customize a theme for just us. That will happen this summer when I have the time.
We’ll leave the former galleries online and delete the oldest year as it makes sense until it goes away. OLD GALLERIES
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.
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
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.