Tuesday, June 12, 2012

WCC, Cycling lights.

Welcome back for our next installment of fight photos, and a little tech talk.

All three of the below photographs were shot with the same settings. While the only part that matters about the settings is the shutter speed, it was something like f/2.8, ISO 6400, 1/640. The shutter speed was faster than the lights cycling. What this means is you don't catch the full cycle. There's a lot of literature about this. A lot that goes into it. A lot of commercial buildings are 3 phase systems, where lights on one leg are peaking while the lights on the other leg (power) aren't peaking. This gives a little bit more "even" illumination of light/color shifting.

Now, one needs to understand, this stuff all happens auto-magically, without you being able to see it. However, when you're trying to photograph moving targets with fast shutter speeds...the above is what you get.

Three photos, all shot within 1.1 seconds of each other...three different looks.  But not one single camera setting changed.

It's a battle you have with event locations, because...though post processing for them is a mother!  a Bear!  There is a simple solution...lighting on trusses blasting thousands of watts of light EVENLY (I've been to some poorly aimed situations before) on the subject. 

The full gallery of fight photographs can be seen here, WCC June 8th, Greensburg PA

It was a great night of fights.  A training partner Lenny was there fighting, in what in my mind was fight of the night.  He came out early looking like a pro boxer, and got caught on the wrong end of a busted nose.  Lenny was game and the bloody battle continued into the 3rd round.  It was a tough one Lenny, but you'll get them next time.  Best wishes man!

I'm not sure when the WCC's next installment is, but I'm sure I'll be photographing their events in the future.

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