This moody HDR of Bradford Stadium is home of the Valencia Tigers & El Dorado Hawks. The scoreboard is dark and the stands are empty….just a few weeks until Friday Night Lights are ready to fire up again. Bring on football season!
A new division for my photography will be Sports Art. This will include HDR Composites and Sport Art pieces like this one. I have a new Sports Art PDF brochure to send if you are in the Orange County area and would like to create a sports memory that will last a lifetime!! Become a SUPERSTAR!!! Contact me today at peter at talkephotography.com to schedule a sports art session!
If you shoot HDR’s and love to take portraits…why not try HDR Composites!! Above is my recent one…a football composite. I posted this shot yesterday in various places and on one site someone asked…is that real rain? It is just a rain texture, then blended in photoshop. I had a great session with Shad over the weekend…took about 37 shots and pre-shot the background a month or so ago. I looked at my backgrounds and shots and figured out what would fit best. I know I wanted to add rain to the shot and the end result is above.
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Both have exclusive backgrounds and I hope you can find a couple HDR’s to create your own composite art!!
You can find the background above here….Football Background
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Also, I am planning on writing and article on how I processed this photo in an upcoming HDR One Magazine!! The Internet’s #1 HDR Magazine!! Let ya know when it is coming out!
This past Friday nite the Yorba Linda Mustangs football team beat up on Cypress. A great game! Thanks to the Booster Club President for allowing me access to shoot atop the press box! It was a chilly nite and the view was perfect! As I arrived I knew the sun was setting early. Game time was 7 PM. I set up around 6:15 and decided to try something a bit different. I wanted a game action shot with a cool sky. 7 PM kickoff would miss the sunset. This what I decided to try…
I set my camera on a tripod and noted all settings/placement in order to keep them the same throughout.
1) 6:30 PM: Took 7 exposures of the field and sky (+3 to -3). f/22 to get the flare in the lights…also to get longer exposure times. The band was playing on the field, but I knew they would not be in the final pic.
2) 8:00 PM: Took a single shot of on the field action during the game. Shot in manual
In photoshop I combined the two shots..lined them up and masked out the field without the game action. Touched it up and thats it! Worked easily!!! I added Tonal Contrast on the field action to give it an HDR like look.
Congrats Mustangs!!! Enjoy the photo!
Its a BIG weekend in my house. For those that follow American Football…I am one huge Pittsburgh Steeler fan! Sunday at 6:29 PM EST is the kickoff for the Super Bowl. Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay. It should be one great game…hopefully! In honor of my Steelers…I grabbed one of my jerseys (Hines Ward) and set up my tripod and took this marco HDR of the logo. You can see some nice detail on the jersey. Good luck Steelers!!! Hope we take #7!!!
Talke Photography Settings:
- Camera: Nikon D300
- Lens: Nikon 105mm f/2.8
- Setting: Aperture Mode
- Focal Length:
- ISO: 3200 (From my last shoot of Supercross at nite…forgot to change…still not bad! My highest ISO ever for an HDR!
- Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
- Aperture: f/5.6
- Gear: Tripod
- Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, Viveza, Photo Tools 2.6
While photographing our local team….the Lake Travis Cavaliers a few weeks back…I grabbed this shot and my thoughts were that LT was ready to rumble this evening! #32 is a guy called Turney Maurer…gotta love his preparation look. He is ready to play! Kudos Turney! This shot was incorporated into the recent cover of our local magazine called the Lakeway Voice….published by Peel, Inc. Thanks for another cover shot Kelly! Great choice! LT has another playoff game tonite! Good luck LT!!
Friday nights in Texas are special during the fall. HS Football is the biggest ticket around. You may have heard of the TV show Friday Night Lights? It is filmed here in Austin. So our local team is Lake Travis. I posted some shots from a game last year as well. We have won three consecutive state titles and 48 games in a row going into tonite. I had heard we were ranked number 9 in the entire nation?? Scheduling is not a cake walk at LT. This evening we played Aledo High School. State champs last year as well. We were also without our fantastic starting QB…Michael Brewer. He is one his way to Texas Tech next year. He was hurt in the previous game and had to be held out. The outlook was dim. We led most of the game and near the end Aledo scored (up 14-10), we punted and they held onto the ball and the game ended along with our 4th longest winning streak in Texas history! Great matchup!!
I had my yearly chance to photograph on the sidelines. I was geared up with my monopod and 70-200 lens. Above you can see some photos. After the nite of shooting, I must say HS football is tough to photograph!! As it gets darker…it sure is difficult. Lighting is not great and I have concluded, that a D300 is just an average camera to shoot low light situations. If I had a D3 or D3x…now I would be talking! I was shooting Manual 640-800 second f/2.8 mostly. Out of about 600 shots….I thought 150 ish were decent. It was only my second time shooting HS Football, so not a bad nite, but just average.
Experience is needed to excel in the photography world of HS football. At halftime I was on the sidelines and was talking to the photographer from the Austin American Statesman (our big newspaper) and he was downloading his shots onto his laptop for review. I could see lots of blurry ones as well…so I did not feel too bad. But he did have a 400mm lens…those were the shots that looked awesome!! Hopefully I can shoot another game on the field this year? I’d love to try College Football during the day! Ah to dream!! Have fun!