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BIG 10 Men's Swimming Championship

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by fractal, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Last weekend we traveled to West Lafayette Indiana to view the BIG 10 Men's Swimming Championship at Purdue University (my son swims for Penn State). Of course I brought along my trusty NEX-7, and a few lenses. The fans of each team were separated into different sections whose assignment changed with each session. Although none of the upper level sections were ideal to shoot a swim meet ( I was jealous of the photographers with the deck passes ), at least I was getting different vantage points.

    Here's a collection of the shots I took...

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    Purdue's pool was beautiful. One of the best I've been. This is cropped fisheye (Rokinon 8mm 2.8). I believe I shot this at f/8.

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    Another shot of the pool, this time using the Sony Zeiss 24mm 1.8.

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    and one more fish-eye.

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    I then pulled out my Minolta Maxxum 200mm 2.8. I didn't love the LA-EA4 AF adaptor for this, mostly due to the loss of some light and so-so AF, so now I just shoot it manual focus.

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    a few "team" shots...

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    I used my Olympus 100mm 2.8 for this one...

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    but then quickly switched back to the 200mm Minolta.

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    For an indoor pool, the lighting was good. I was able to shoot ISO 800 at f/3.2 and 1/500 sec. Distance was the obvious problem as all the "action" swim shots are cropped.

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  2. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    Some more...

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    Now for a few diving pics. In hindsight I should have bumped up the ISO and the shutter speed.

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    Penn State didn't fair all that well as they lost a number of swimmers to a stomach virus going around (which I also caught). Powerhouses Michigan and Indiana dominated the meet. My son scored points in the 200 fly and set a personal best so overall a good meet for him. Despite not much success, the PSU boys did find ways to enjoy the weekend.

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  3. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount All-Pro

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    Chris
    It's been a awhile since I broke out the Minolta 200 2.8 and it continues to impress.

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    There were a number of outstanding personal performances at this meet. Several swimmers have a good shot at the Olympics this summer. It will be fun to watch their progress.

    Next year the Championships switch to Indiana University which is a bit closer to our home. Hopefully we will make that one as well.
     
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  4. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Well done

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  5. Hawkman

    Hawkman TalkEmount Top Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Virginia, USA
    Steve
    Great shots! I covet that Minolta 200/2.8.
    (Hmmm, that's two threads in a row I've said "covet" in... not good.)


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  6. bdbits

    bdbits TalkEmount Veteran

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    Sep 10, 2015
    Bob
    Proof that the NEX-7 is still an excellent camera given good lenses and an excellent photographer.
     
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  7. unlo

    unlo Sony ******

    Jan 19, 2014
    Ohio
    Matt
    Great set of images! love the 200mm shots. they look great for MF, i don't think you need that laea4 either!

    i secretly hope someone will figure out a way to get PDAF points to work with those old screw drive lenses.... (i can dream)
     
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  8. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Great series indeed and nice work with the MF Minolta 200mm!!! Well done
     
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  9. runnerpsu

    runnerpsu TalkEmount Regular

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    Feb 12, 2016
    South Florida
    Excellent groups! I'm an alumni and retiree for Penn State. Thanks for the photos of Blue and White!!!!


    WE ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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