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.
without flash at 3200 ISO
Without flash at 3200 ISO