The Oxford University Volleyball team came to Cambridge yesterday for a game against our own Volleyball team. The new sports centre is very close to where I live, which makes it convenient to just grab the camera and walk over. I packed two lenses, 50 mm and 85 mm. When things move fast the 50 mm lens increases the odds that you will capture the action in the shot. However, the 85 mm lens gives better photos, and when you manage to frame things right with that one they look really good. The problem of course is that things move around and the 85 mm lens is slow to focus. I alternated a bit between the two, and walked around the court picking a spot for a while then finding a new spot to mix up my angles. I shot the photos with a short shutter time, somewhere around 1/200 and 1/320 seconds, aperture around f/4 and ISO in the range of 1000-2000.
So how did the match go? Oxford won 3-0.
I forgot to mention that I tried the video function for the first time on my camera. I switched over to video mode, turned on live view, and everything was pitch black. Not so good. Turns out that the default setting in manual mode has the shutter time at 1/8000 second. I did not feel like messing around with the settings so I simply switched to aperture priority and shot my first few videos. I will see if I can figure out some good way to share them. Click here for more volleyball related posts.