Shooting Hoops

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I had the opportunity to photograph the adult basketball leagues at the Field House at Chelsea Piers. Never having photographed basketball before, it was particularly challenging, even for an amateur game.

The combination of the mercury vapor lamps and the fast action requires fast lenses, high ISO, and a steady hand. The inconsistent output of the mercury vapor lights causes color shifts across even small bursts of photos, so setting the proper white balance is only a starting point, and there’s a lot of color correction to be done in post processing.

In my research beforehand, I saw plenty of great photos, and I arrived on the court with some high goals. I hope I came close.

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