Welcome To ‘The Jungle’
Friday night on my way to Louisville I covered the Indiana State women’s team as they took on IUPUI in Indy. The first thing that I saw as I walked in was the beautifully lit Natatorium across the hall. Then I made a right into the basketball arena and it got dark in a hurry. This might be the darkest gym I have ever shot in. Even with my f/2.8 lens I was still at 1/320th of a second at ISO 6400. Under the baskets it was even worse. Photography is all about problem solving though. You have to find a place that you can live with. I have not shot sports at 1/320th since I learned what I was doing. I made it work though with only a few shots ruined because of motion.
Light It Up
The IUPUI photographers have strobes set up in the rafters to help fix the problem with the light. It is both dark and inconsistent. The strobes give you a controlled light. Justin the photographer let me use a set of strobes which was an amazing gesture. During warm ups though the Indiana State team did not like the light and asked if it was necessary. My job is to document the team, not get in the way. I took my pocket wizards off of my cameras and went back to using the ambient light. The story should never be about me. At the end of the day I was able to get some usable shots, and that is what is important.
The Next Time I See The ISU Women’s Team
Right now looking at the schedule the next time I will see this team play is December 7th at Illinois. I have not been to that Assembly Hall since the renovations so I am looking forward to seeing the new and improved stadium. There are some exciting players on this team, and I can’t wait to see them in their home whites at the Hulman Center.