Tag Archives: girls basketball

Double take

It happens on occasion that, when shooting a sporting event, the same athlete appears in most of the photos. Sometimes it happens when a team has only one or two go-to players, other times it’s just coincidence. Argonaut’s Lauren Godde, bottom, and Colfax’s Michelle Walker collide while chasing a loose ball during a Sac-Joaquin Section […]

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End run

(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/125th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 1600) CIF championship tournament organizers did allow photographers to shoot the team as they lined up for their team portrait with their trophies. I avoided it, partly because it’s a boring photo op and partly as my own protest boycott. However, […]

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Jubilation contained

During the regular basketball season, I usually don’t stay for a whole game. Normally I’ll stay a quarter or half depending on deadline constraints. During a big game, such as the CIF girls state championship game at Arco Arena in Sacramento, I’ll stay until the end to obtain reaction shots of the players to tell […]

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In sync

A camera’s flash synchronization or flash sync is the highest shutter speed that a flash will coincide with the peak opening of the shutter. Typically in modern DSLRs, it’s around 1/250th of second. If you try to shoot any faster than that, the flash will be cut off by the camera’s horizontal shutter usually causing […]

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A force to be reckoned with

The St. Mary’s Rams basketball team proved why they’re a force to be reckoned with when they defeated the Inglewood Sentinels in the CIF girls division III state championship on March 21 at Arco Arena in Sacramento. They won it with a tenacious, unyielding defense and solid offense. Although Inglewood held a slight lead in […]

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(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 70-200mm @ 86mm. Exposure: 1/320th sec. @ f/2.8. ISO: 2500) I covered a girls varsity basketball game at McNair High School in Stockton between the McNair Eagles and the Edison Vikings. The attendance was far under the gym’s 2,467 capacity. I estimated that there were under 100 people there, and […]

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Peak action

Peak action is a term that news and sports photographers use when shooting sports photos. Think of the action as beingĀ a wave with its peak at the crest. It’s something that takes practice and experience to time it just right. Here’s a sequence of photos involving Manteca’s Courtney Freeman, left, and Sonora’s Hanah Blume from […]

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