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    From a local Judo tournament

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    Thank you for looking !!

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    I think you did a great job with these. Good action and a nice B&W conversion. The light for these type of events totally sucks. I am guessing your conversion is to battle some of that. But I really dig it. These remind me of the photos in an older martial arts book.

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Quote Originally Posted by zerodog
    I am guessing your conversion is to battle some of that.
    I can't say no to that . It's also a way to deal with poor white balance or noisy base images.

    I have to say the lighting of this gym is better than the others I've been as it has big windows on one side. The next location will be worse. Wherever it is, I find the biggest problem is the background: always some things or some people there. And I can't dictate where the actions happen


    Thank you for the comments, zerodog !!

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    Here is what you have to remember with these type of comps. The people and stuff in the background tell the story too. They are not always bad to show. It is a competition, not a staged shot. There are spectators. A lot of the time they are teammates, parents, friends or family. In your case you had an old lady judge. But, she is part of the comp and important.

    I have shot a few seminars at a local MMA gym. This place has a yellow wall, red mat, red wall with a white top, and a blue mat on top of that 1 wall is all windows. That combined with not hot lights makes for very hard WB. I use an expodisk. I shoot it straight up at the lights from the main red mat to set my custom WB. For the most part this gets me very close. But depending on what wall I am facing or what mat I am shooting on, tweaking in PP needs to happen. But when all else fails, and the color/ exposure sucks a sure way to make a bad shot not so bad is B&W conversion.

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    nice timing on all of these, love the expression of the judge on the 4th image

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Quote Originally Posted by zerodog
    Here is what you have to remember with these type of comps. The people and stuff in the background tell the story too. They are not always bad to show. It is a competition, not a staged shot. There are spectators. A lot of the time they are teammates, parents, friends or family. In your case you had an old lady judge. But, she is part of the comp and important.
    You are right, zerodog. I have to say most of the time I'm there for the action shots as I'm not in the mentality of documenting the tournament per se. Certainly sometimes good subjects do appear away from the actions. Here's one interesting coach that I wish I had discovered earlier in the tournament:


    From a local Judo tournament-coach-1-judo_3828.jpg


    From a local Judo tournament-coach-2-judo_3824.jpg

    For a short while he was more active than his fighter Probably would be better shots to include the fighters in the shots I think.


    I have shot a few seminars at a local MMA gym. This place has a yellow wall, red mat, red wall with a white top, and a blue mat on top of that 1 wall is all windows. That combined with not hot lights makes for very hard WB. I use an expodisk. I shoot it straight up at the lights from the main red mat to set my custom WB. For the most part this gets me very close.
    Good suggestion !

    I simply use auto WB because of the mixed lights and realize that I likely have to pp one way or another. Good thing is we know the gi is largely white and that's one of the reference points I use during pp. I usually don't make the WB 100% but rather make the final image looks more what my eyes saw at the scene.

    Thank you for the advice, zerodog !!

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Watch out for the Gis. What I have found is they absorb the color cast from the mat or a close wall. So, they can fake you out! But sometimes they get you closer and makes the tweaking by eye easier.

    In mixed indoor lighting, custom WB is the only way to go.

    I like the coach shots too. Great captures.

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    shoot raw and that will eliminate your wb problem.

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Hi AgingEyes,

    I have found this amazing photo you took:
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    Would you give me the permission to use it on my website, giving you the credit as the owner? Do you have an official website?

    Thanks for getting back to me!
    Best regards,
    Chris

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Great timing. Nice set of photos.

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Great live and timely done shots

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    Re: From a local Judo tournament

    Absolute perfection!

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