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Photo shoot for the Wall of Fame

Published October 16th, 2012

So I was assigned this job of clicking Table Tennis players so as to create 3 feet tall posters of each of them.. The major problem was...
1. The lighting facility was minimal... Did not have any extra light or flash equipment..
2. I use a D3100 and any ISO above 800 was going to give me too much noise...
3. They were supposed to be action clicks and hence a Shutter Speed of at least 1/250 was required...
4. With ISO 800, on aperture mode f1.8, my shutter speed showed 1/10th of a second !!
5. I had to click with my 50mm 1.8 since that allowed the maximum light..



I had to shift the Table-Tennis "table" multiple times so as to set it up right under the lights.. And then the tripod was set... Made each of the players play a stroke while I tried clicking them.. But wasn't successful.. Finally, had to make do with just their actions...
Now, the BIGGEST problem was, none of the players actually know their real expression while playing..
For eg. my mouth is half open when am playing, another guy keeps his tongue out while going for his shots and so on...
Also, the eyes have to be on the ball that they are playing... and not on the opponent.. All in all, it took me good two hours to click 6 guys play different strokes... I sweated like hell since it was indoors with no ventilation..



Pretty happy with the results so far.. Another positive being that I am yet to be clicked... After all, I was ranked No.1 in the country too.. So hell yea, I get on that "Wall of Fame" too !! Just waiting for my shoot to happen :-)

Sheer timing

  • October 15th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/15 sec

Watch and play...

  • October 15th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/8 sec

Flick

  • October 15th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2.2 / 1/10 sec

Playing by the rules

  • October 15th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2.2 / 1/13 sec

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