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I’ve been puzzled why I couldn’t get the 600EX-RT Speedlite flash to keep up with my Canon 1D-X at 12 fps when the flash is in E-TTL mode. There’s even a Canon video saying that it can (Action Photography with the Speedlite 600EX-RT). But try as I might, the flash slows down the fps to about […]

Seeing how the 7D performs under stadium lighting. Here’s a sample image at ISO 5000 and then processed via Lightroom. The top image shows the full frame and the second image is the crop and the third image is a 100% view. It’s not as clean as a 1DX but it’s certainly acceptable. I also […]

Just a quick test of the Canon 7D Mk II’s dynamic range showing the shadow detail when there’s a pure white element in the image. The first image is the overall scene and the next two are 100% crops of leaves with water drops from the rain. The shadow detail is looking OK. (Raw file. […]

The new v2.x firmware (this wasn’t introduced in the recent v2 update, it’s always been available) 1D X has an ability to save and recall a shooting mode for the AF-ON or AE Lock button. While this may not be instantly obvious for how it can be used, for sports photographers this is incredibly useful when […]

With pro-DSLR shooting more than 10 frames per second it’s always puzzled me that we don’t see more sequences. So here’s 3 from the past W-League soccer season. The pictures speak for themselves!

A couple of images from Arizona shot in 2011 of the Secret Canyon. When these were taken, Adobe Lightroom was using the “2010” RAW converter. With the current version of Lightroom, the converter has been updated to “2012”. And Photomatix has had another 2 years of enhancements. The first image is a 3-shot bracket that’s […]

After shooting with the 1D for six months here are my settings for most sports. I started with Pete Read Miller’s settings and made these adjustments: ISO speed settings: I try to use 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800 as these are the “native ISO” settings. The next preference is 1/3 stop slower […]

In the days of film you can use multiple exposures to get an effect like this. In the digital era you can use Photoshop.

In 2007 I bought a Canon EOS-1D Mk III and I sold it 12 months later because mine had the much reported Autofocus tracking problem and swapped to Nikon with it’s D3 body. That camera and it’s subsequent updates of D3x, D3s and D4 all used a similar approach to autofocus. With the Canon EOS-1D X/C […]

I didn’t realise there was so much interest in the Canon 200-400mm f4 lens as Nikon has had one for years and it’s already in its second generation. I borrowed the lens from CPS (Canon Professional Services) when I was shooting the Australian Open two weeks ago and can confirm Joshua Holko’s review from his […]

Last month I shot the Melbourne Victory women’s team over 3 sessions. You can check them out here: And here’s a behind the scenes setup shot of the 3-lights setup in a small changing room at their training ground:

Warm up at soccer matches aren’t the most interesting of things to photograph. Here’s a go at doing something creative. Some slow shutter speed zoom and pan blurs:

We are firmly in the Twitter and Facebook era. Live blogging and tweeting has been with us for 2-3 years and it’s now an expected method for broadcasting a live event if it’s not shown live on TV. The challenge for photographers is how to provide images to live tweeters and bloggers in a timely […]

You can’t always shoot with a tilt-shift lens but you can now create the effect pretty convincingly with Photoshop CS6. Here are a few photos from last year with the effect applied:

UPDATE: Finally got this working – it was down to a setting in CrushFTP that was banning the static IP. I have no idea why the IP was banned but removing this config setting cleared everything up. UPDATE2: I’ve also ditched CrushFTP and am using the built in Mac OSX SFTP server. Full details on […]

Spent the day at a Joe McNally Capture the Light workshop on his Australian tour. Joe is a great presenter, running through lots of Nikon camera settings, speed lights and modifiers. I thought 20 people was a bit too many for Joe to spend any real time with. But enjoyable day nevertheless. Here are a […]

Here’s a TV screen grab of where my photos on Day 5 were taken from. It’s a stairwell that was blocked off and not used for the event. That’s yours truly highlighted below. There was another photographer and I in there for the evening session:

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the location of where turn 1 photos are taken. There’s a scaffold that’s about 2 stories high at the end of the main straight, after the sand trap. On race day, it gets filled with photographers who start arriving about an hour before the race starts to stake […]

After yesterday’s rain, qualification was in bright late afternoon sunshine. I’ve also worked out that the Nikon D4’s autofocus needs a shutter speed of at least 1/1000th to work best in AF-C or tracking autofocus mode. It struggles (with me anyway) at 1/500th, but bumping it up works a treat. Here are the photos of […]

It was a wet/dry day of F1 practise in both sessions. Here are my favourite shots. The panning shots are shot with a Nikon D3x with a 28-300mm lens and the other shots are with a Nikon D4 and a 400mm. First impressions of the Nikon D4 for sports is that the Auto Focus behaves […]

Had a chance to shoot this morning from the top of the Rialto tower. These were shot through a window with the 28-300mm lens at ISO between 6400 and 1600 with some Lightroom post processing. More photos here. and a car shot for good measure:

Just wrote about what exposure mode(s) I use for shooting sports over at Big Lens Fast Shutter. Have a read and let me know what you think! It’s how I get images like these:

Learn how and why you should use the AF-ON button to focus. Read my post on Big Lens Fast Shutter here: http://biglensfastshutter.com/2011/06/05/syd-use-a-different-button-to-focus/

I had a wonderful 5 days in NYC at the Jay Maisel Workshop. It’s hard to explain Jay’s magic but suffice to say that he is referred to by many of his contemporaries as “God”. Jay is a wonderful teacher and his philosophy is simple. The great photos have “Light, Colour and Gesture” and this […]

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