Saturday 12 September 2009

Turning Things Upside Down

We got some interesting images from the World Champs training session at Mt Wellington on Friday night. Thu Thach used one of my cameras and a couple of times we captured the same activity from different angles.

Canon 40D, 85.0mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO: 500

Luke Thompson mid back-flip. You can't help be impressed with this. Here are a couple more shots of the same move taken by Thu...

Canon 30D, 45.0mm, 1/200s (left), 1/125s (right), f/2.8, ISO: 640

I can't decide which picture I like best, the top in-close one or the one on the left. What do you reckon? (leave a comment)

Canon 40D, 85.0mm, 1/400s, f/1.8, ISO: 500

This is an interesting experiment. Carl was practicing his kicks and I already have lots of shots of him jumping so I was just relaxing and watching. I had my 85mm prime lens on which is slow to focus but an amazing lens and I thought what-the-heck I'll just take some out of focus shots of his run up and see what happens. They'd be out of focus because I was using the auto-focus which with this lens is too slow for this sort of thing. I'd normally manually pre-focus it. Anyway, I took a shot in the early part of his jump and I really like it. The colour is cool and, while he's out of focus, you can tell who it is and see the intensity on his face.

Canon 40D, 22.0mm, 1/30s, f/4.5, ISO: 1250

Robert Meleisea gets a fair bit of camera attention from me, probably because he's pretty photogenic and he hates me taking his picture so for me I like the challenge. I'm trying to get him used to me so that he'll relax and I can get some "good" images of him in future. I had put on my 10-22mm wide angle lens to take a wide angle photo of everyone working out in the gym and as I got down off the chair I was standing on I poked the camera in his face (only about 2 feet away) at a bit below my hip height and got this image. The slow shutter speed (only 1/30th of a second) has given it an interesting in-focus but slightly blurred effect and the mono-chromatic colour and light reflections in the window complete it.