Saturday, January 17, 2009

not WWE, WWF, NWA or WCW or Mid-South

I got my first taste of shooting high school wrestling on Saturday at the Cabot North Arena. It was the first time I had ever witnessed any type of amateur wrestling in person and I must say, I loved it. I wasn't feeling well so I left early but I got some good shots, I think.
The lights in the gym aren't bad so I started out shooting with a 100 2.0 lens at 3200 ISO on the 40D. I was shooting at 1/400 of sec but I felt like I was limited with the 100 mm focal length. Other photographers, like my buddy Bryen Ford, suggested using the strobe and I had contacted by Cabot coach and he told me I could do "whatever I wanted." But after shooting HS bball on Friday, I left my synch cord for the pocketwizard on the ledge at Carlisle's Raymond H. Brown Gymnasium. So, that was out.
I put my 430 EX flash on my camera, set it at 1600 ISO and decided to try to bounce it off the high ceiling. I was pleasantly suprised by the results. One thing I've got to learn is to be patient with that setup. It is the same deal as shooting with the Alien Bee B400. You have to shoot basically one frame at a time and not blast away like I would when it is direct on-camera flash.
I hope to shoot more wrestling later on this season, probably at the state finals. Let me know what you think.

with flash

without flash at 3200 ISO

Without flash at 3200 ISO

With flash

With flash

With flash

With flash

With flash


Bill said...

Mark what is your set up ? i shoot sports with a canon 20d 80-200 2.8 atx tokina and a 22-75 2.8 tamron using a 430 ex sppedlite on camera ..i shoot then at 3200 iso , 1/500 or 1/640 at f 3.2 or 3.5 flsh directed at them not bounced and can;t seem to grab as sharp of images... is this the equipment ? my tokina is an old film lens slower focusing ...or do i need storbes to achieve the awesome results i see like yours? any advice would be appreciated .. thanks Bill

Marc F. Henning said...

nice frames Mark. haven't shot wrestling yet this year. won't be long i'm sure.

Mark Buffalo said...

Marc, thanks for the nice words. it was my first attempt at real matches. I was pleasantly suprised.

Bill, I have a very similar setup. I use a 40D and 20D with a 70-200 2.8L and a 430EX. I don't have any experience with the tokina and tamron but I have a 28-70 2.8 sigma that is tack sharp. The wrestling photos were shot with the 430EX bounced at 1600 iso. I didn't want to do direct and took a chance and it worked out well.