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    Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Ok, so I'm new here.. this is my first post, so be gentle with me

    Cardiff (South Wales, UK) doesn't have a beach,so how do they play beach volleyball? Simple...dump 300 ton of sand in an open area, stick a court on it, way to go!

    Here's some shots from last years event I covered...doing the same for 2008 in a few weeks time, touring the UK with the team
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_8655.jpg   Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_8704.jpg   Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_8708.jpg  
    Jason Aspinall
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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    No reason to be gentle here these are great. We don't get enough of this sport here on PR. Great timing and some wonderful action. Thanks for sharing with us. Hope to see a lot more of your images.

    Old Timer

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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Thanks

    (makes mental note to increase the jpg quality level on the next batch!!)
    Jason Aspinall
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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    I'd like to see more from the future games, the idea of taking a portable beach with you to play volleyball is mad !
    I prefer the last one because it has the city environment and the action, something I think is important in summing up this event.
    PAul

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    and post your sports pictures !

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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Mmm, the idea certainly is mad...Unfortunately 2008 is the last year the Urban Beach Tour will be running - no plans to carry in into 2009. Still, I'm praying for good weather for this years tour

    I'll post some more images from 2007 up shortly.
    Jason Aspinall
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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Love that first picture with the sand kicked up from both competitors jumping. Used to be big into beach volleyball in high school. Even went to the AVP event in Boulder, Co when Karch Kiraly was the man. Just funny how you appreciate some shots vs. others.

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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Here's a few more from the same weekend...four days on the "beach" in glorious weather you could only dream of!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_3344.jpg   Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_3397.jpg   Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_3881.jpg   Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_6594.jpg   Cardiff Beach Volleyball-dsc_6595.jpg  

    Jason Aspinall
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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    ...and two more shots of "Zebedee":
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    Jason Aspinall
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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    great shots
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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Nice shots... I play more volleyball than I shoot with my camera, but I've shot enough to appreciate well captured images... Good stuff.. Colors pop, subjects sharp, etc..

    My attempt at capturing some of the pros on the AVP tour last year in San Francisco with a loaner camera was okay.. Focus was a little hit and miss, was learning the gear as I went along.. Here's a folder full of 'em.. Low jpeg quallity and size.. http://s206.photobucket.com/albums/b...P%20SF%202007/

    One sample from the womens draw...

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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball









    no beach but I took these
    please critique
    please be honest
    Im trying to learn

    f 2.8 1/250 800 iso
    I couldnt get the flash to sync faster

    or

    how do I take them wo flash indoors

    any help is appreciated
    "I'm just an ATM machine"

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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    Well, the primary thing for indoor without flash is the fastest glass you can get, and high ISO. f2.8 will get you some shots, but unless a gym is very well lit, you'll need higher ISO. Unfortunately not too many DSLR's can pull this off very well as they get pretty noisy at the higher ISO's.

    Try some ISO 1600 shots, make sure you don't underexpose them (helps avoid noise) and plan on using some good noise reduction software in your post processing. It's easier to deal with blown highlights than lost detail when you are trying to avoid noise. And shoot wide open to get the fastest speed.

    BTW, if you are using flash, you shouldn't need that high of an ISO, which would have helped cut out some of the noise you have in your shots. However, at least the few times around here shooting college vball indoors, they don't allow any flash... So, back to plan A - without flash.

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    Re: Cardiff Beach Volleyball

    thanks so much
    Im trying to learn

    I really appreciate it
    any other words of wisdom are appreciated

    thanks again

    Pat Carrigan
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