I am photographing the Yorba Linda High School Football team this season when I can and the first game was last nite vs. El Modena. Yorba Linda won 21-7! Nice way to start the season. Congrats Mustangs!! Before the game I took this shot as the sun was lighting up the field. College Football started last nite and the NFL this next week…great for us football fans!! Are you ready for some football?
Looking for a cool subject to shoot in HDR? Look no further than your local HS Basketball court! I was up one night to HDR the court for backgrounds and took this shot up in the stands using my wide angle.
If any of you shoot in HDR…you know any location in white is always difficult. The tone mapping makes the shot dirty looking. Always work a bit extra to make the whites cleaner looking! I like to keep the HDR look…so my technique is to highlight the white areas using the magic wand (Photoshop) and lower the yellow hue (the hue comes from the gym lights) to make it look whiter and use levels to assist the dirtiness. I want to keep some grit, but just make it nicer.
Go out and support your local high school basketball teams and while there, grab a few HDRs! Go Mustangs!!!
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!