I shot the complete devastation 5 event at the Blair County convention center in Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 14th 2012. I enjoy working with this promotion, because they are interested in more than a quick buck for their pockets. They legitmately care about putting on quality shows, treating fighters right and growing their name. So it's good to work with someone that isn't a sleezeball. Jason, the owner, listens to feedback well too.
It's been a learning experience for them I'm sure. They've really been working on their production too.
Lighting is always a bitch at sporting events held in a building (and outside but that's a different story).
See UFC style lighting is tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of lights and grip equipment. It's trusses and 10's of thousands fo watts of light. Strung up from high in the ceiling and feathering out over. I don't want to get too into a lesson on lighting, but let's just say it's always a challenge in these types of situations.
The lighting could've used some improvement. You see our eyes see things that our still and video cameras do not. Just for fun, take a look at a scene in your house that has very dark shadows and very bright highlights. For instance your desk with your computer in a room with the lights out. Your eye can pick up detail that your camera cannot. It's not that our eyes are "sharper" than our lenses. Rather that the human eye has an incredible dynamic range. Our eyes have 20-25 f/stops of dynamic range (various books/sites are my sources for this information).
My cameras (canon eos 1div, until the 1DX hits shelves, the top end Canon 1 series cameras) at ISO 100 have a dynamic range of about 12 stops...TWELVE!!! That's anywhere from a little more than half to a little less than half of the human eye! At ISO 12800 as most of these events are shot...it PLUMMETS to 8 f/stops.
To put this into plain terms, each f/stop greater in exposure value means double the amount of light. Each f/stop lower in exposure value means half the amount of light.
f/4 lets in half the light that f/2.8 does, f/5.6 lets in double the light of f/8.
Just thinking of things in numbers rather than f/stops.
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192, 16384, 32768, 65536, 131072, 262144, 524288.
We can say that's relative to the 20 f/stops the human eye sees.
At ISO 12800, the 1DIV sees,
1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128.
What does this mean in simple terms? Our eyes see the show just fine. Our video cameras and still cameras only see parts of the show. There's really much more to it, but rather than bore you and make my kid not see daddy for awhile, I'll move on. It just means the video and pictures from the show will not be as strong as actually being at the show. It means that details become smeared and we don't get as much "info" in the photo/video.
Rather than focus on negatives why don't we talk about some of the positives? The show was great and the crowd was really excited for some good fights. There were big names on the card. TUF Veteran Jeff Smith, UFC fighter Corey Hill, M-1 veteran George Sheppard, local fighters like Levi McCord, Jason Royer and champion Charlie Gathers. Semi-Local (he used to live in town here but moved down south) Brad Mountain was on the card as well. So the card was stacked. Matchmaking was great.
There was a sweet after party WITH THE VIDEO OF THE FIGHTS PLAYING!.
It was really a great value for entertainment and a way to support MMA in this region. I'm glad the promoter brings me on to shoot these shows. Trust me when I say this, each show gets better than the last one.
It was definitely a blast to be there.
Here's a few snaps of the show,
The full gallery of photos
Oh, if you're a fighter that's in one of these photos listed on THIS BLOG (not the website, they are not permissable to steal) you can feel free to download it and put it on your facebook. With the following exceptions,
1; My watermark cannot be edited.
2; the photo cannot be changed.
See you at the next show!