Photographing College Basketball: Purdue vs. Western Kentucky

Taking In A Matinee

Yesterday I was in Mackey Arena to see the Purdue women’s team take on Western Kentucky. I had one real purpose to be there which I will touch on below, but I also wanted to take in some basketball. I have a game Saturday, and I wanted to make sure that I was ready to go. Basketball is fast, and it seems like you can get rusty quickly if you are not photographing it. Getting a little practice in is always a good thing.

Making It Right

The main reason to go to the game was to walk through the trouble that I have had with my remotes since my switch to Sony. The remotes work fine in the office, and then in the field they lock up and all of my cameras just start making photos. At 22 frames a second it doesn’t take long for the photos to pile up. I found part of the solution a couple of weeks ago, but it took a moment forgetting about the cameras in the field for the problem and then solution to pop up. I kept my floor remote next to me to watch it throughout the game. At one point though I lost track of it during a break in the game, and the camera went to sleep. Even with the cable supposedly keeping it awake it feel asleep. There was one problem with an easy solution. The other issue that was fixed was when my main camera went to sleep the remote would then just start firing. These were both easy fixes, but being the in field showed me things that I couldn’t see in the office.

Karissa Gets #1,000

During the course of the game Purdue guard Karissa McLaughlin scored her 1,000th point as a Boilermaker. There are many more yet to come, but it is always nice to see the milestone in person.

Halftime For The Dogs Again

I had all of my remote problems fixed so at halftime I was going to leave the game. When I saw that it was going to be another dog show though I decided to stay. I had so much fun photographing the show that I ended up staying nearly the entire game. I always want to try and train my dog to do these

Slowing It Down

During the second half I noticed some seats near center court that were empty. The courtside seats are low enough that you get get a good angle on the players while in some comfort. I decided to try some panning. I have always wanted to do this from here during a game, but I am usually working the game so I have to concentrate on game action. It was fun to play the how low can I go game from this position. I still had a remote on the offensive end to get a wide angle of any cool plays, but my focus was on making a good panning photo. I ended up down at 1/20th of a second at the end. You really need a lot to work in your favor here, but it is a fun game to play.

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