Roller derby in Ottawa – second try

Last Saturday evening I went for a second try at taking photos at a Rideau Valley Roller Girl roller derby game, this time with a different lens. The light was low in the arena so conditions were as difficult as my first time there (photos can be seen here) but my new 18-200 mm 3.5-5.6 lens was a smal improvement from the lens I used the last time. In a perfect world, a wide aperture zoom lens would be the best but the price is prohibitive (even a rental).

This time I also did something different, instead of staying on the sideline, I took one of the reserved square for photographer in the middle of the surface. The girls were skating around me with the referees and other officials, a busier place but it does give you a very different point of view on the game. You are right in the middle of the action

If you do have a chance to take photos at a fast pace sporting event and be close to the action, go, jump on the occasion even if it is not a MLB or NFL game. Although sport photography does not give you many artistic occasions to shoot photos, it’s really exciting to catch those actions photos. While I was there, I also tried portrait photo of some of the girls. Catching a smile or the quest for victory in the eye of those urban gladiatrix on wheels between a block and a shove can give you beautiful photos. That was a challenge because it’s hard to predict where exactly they are going and what they will do next but ….

You don’t pass me

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Everybody up

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The smile

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Jammers keeping their focus

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The frontal block

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Secret tactic

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The flying captain

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The sandwich block

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X-796The referee

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5 thoughts on “Roller derby in Ottawa – second try

    1. Let’a say that to take many and on the lot you have a few that are Ok …. But I think it’s part of the fun and I have to do it with the equipment that I have

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  1. II’m sorry, my comment is on french!
    Une série de photos très dynamique avec des moments forts 🙂

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    1. le seul problème c’est que ces photos ont été faites à l’intérieur avec un éclairage ambiant assez faible donc j’ai du mettre un ISO élevé (4000) pour avoir des vitesses d’obturation de 1/250 seconde et j’ai donc perdu en qualité d’image. J’aurai aimé avoir 1/400 seconde comme vitesse d’obturation mais je pense que je devais monter le ISO à 6000. Pour faire de belles photos dans ces conditions j’aurais eu besoin d’un autre type de lentille à grande ouverture genre 85 mm f/2.6 mais qui coûte assez cher et que je n’utiliserais pas trop souvent donc je fait avec ce que j’ai même si ça ne donne pas toujours les meilleurs résultats

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      1. Oups je ne savais plus que tu parlais en français d’ou mon commentaire rapide pour la traduction! Donc la photo d’intérieur n’est jamais facile, apprivoiser la lumière intérieure est une vraie galère à moins de posséder un boitier qui gère et monte bien en ISO. Certaines images ont des flous de mouvement, pas de bougé, cela donne un dynamisme à la scène. La mise au point est bonne, le bruit est plus que correct avec un ISO à 4000. Alors après un objectif lumineux qui ouvre à F2.8 ça a un prix oui 🙂

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