Photographing for the Dayton Flyers

Yesterday I was back in Mackey Arena photographing for the Dayton Flyers. Two straight games photographing for the away team can get interesting. For my own sake I want to mix things up a little, but on the other hand my client has an expectation of what I am going to deliver. I spent the entire first half next to the TV camera on the baseline shooting. The refs for the game were very jittery running back and forth as the ball was in the air though so I spent most of the second half standing up on the opposite baseline. Sometimes you get a crew that is very eager to be in the right position so they are constantly moving. Nothing is more frustrating than following a player to the basket only to have a ref jump in the way just as the ball is released. Standing up allows me to move quicker so that doesn’t happen. For the women’s game I think that standing is a little better anyway. You see more of the face when you stand which is always a good thing.

Using the Canon 24-105 f/4 Lens

One lens that I bought this year with no expectations of using it for sports was the Canon 24-105mm f/4 lens. When shooting sports you always want something fast like and f/1.4 or f/2.8 lens. As far as shooting action goes I had no reason to think that I would be using the 24-105 during a game. I brought the whole bag during the first two exhibition games in Mackey earlier this season just to play around with some different combinations of cameras and lenses to see what worked best under the new lights. The 24-105 was one that stood out to me. I had a pretty good range for getting the action while under the basket. There are times that I would like it to be a little faster, but for the most part this is a solid lens that has found a permanent place in my bag.

Bonus Photos

Below are a few bonus photos that I liked from the game. Once again this was a game that went down to the wire, but unlike Thursday night my team did not pull out the victory. This was a great game though, and the teams battled hard. I tried to show some of that in my photos.


About Pinola Photo

I am a sports and lifestyle photographer based in West Lafayette, IN home of Purdue University. I cover sports for Big Ten teams as well as other colleges. You can follow me on twitter @pinolaphoto. You can also view my website at

2 responses »

  1. I’m amazed at the lack of noise in the shadows even at 4000 iso. Is that due to the 1Dx or a little Lightroom help? Or both?

    • Pinola Photo says:

      That is the 1DX. I edited these so fast to get them out that I did not apply any noise reduction to them. That is a great camera, and 4000 is not the upper limit yet. I really have not gone out on a test yet to see just how far I can push it.

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