Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Sweet Shot Tuesday - Basketball

It's basketball season, and that means stinky socks, sweaty shirts, fast action, and yucky gym lights. How is a parent supposed to get a good shot of her son in these conditions? Thanks to my friends high ISO, fast shutter speed, and continuous shot mode, I grabbed this one of my 1st grader.

Here are the details for the curious:

  • Nikon D7000
  • Nikon 18-200mm 3.5/5.6 VR lens at 36mm
  • f/4.2
  • 1/500
  • 6400 ISO
  • Raw file processed in Adobe Camera Raw
  • Converted to black and white in Photoshop with a few tweaks

If this is the only good shot I have of the season, then I am happy. I have one more game coming up, and I will be trying out my 50mm 1.4 lens since it is much faster.

Last week's test with the 50mm failed as far as focused photos goes. However, I did find out my camera was back focusing, an issue that I had been suspecting for a while. I have now fine tuned the auto focus, and I am expecting great things next game. Who knows, maybe they will actually win a game??? Probably not...but the boys still have fun!

Check out some other sweet shots on Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley. Yes, right now. My post is finished. :)

Tyann Marcink
documenting life

Monday, February 11, 2013

Adding to My "For the Love of Game" Series and Contest

Road Trip!

I have written down all of your requests for my "For the Love of the Game" series, and next month I will be begin checking them off while you get a chance to win one of my new prints!

My first stop will be the home of the Fighting Illini at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. I plan to check out Memorial Stadium and the Red Grange statue for sure.

Unfortunately, there won't be time to stop at the University of Illinois. However, I did find out there is now a tour inside the Notre Dame Stadium!

Stop two one will be the home of the 
Fighting Irish at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Here, I plan to have an extensive tour of the campus, increasing my shutter count immensely.

I am sure it will be nearing the end of a long day by this time, but we'll end our day in Chicago. I'll spend the next two days traipsing around the city, clicking my camera at all the spectacular architecture that Chicago has to offer.

I plan to use the public transportation to get me to Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, United Center, and Soldier Field so that I can add the Chicago teams to my "For the Love of the Game" series.

Do you know of a location or two during my trip that I shouldn't miss? Let me know in one of four ways:

  • Leave me a comment below
  • Email me at tyann@marcinkdesigns.com
  • Tweet it to me @marcinkdesigns
  • Send me a quick text to 636.584.3864

I want to know what you want. :)

Ok, so on to the giveaway!

The person with the closest answer will win their choice of an 11x14 "For the Love of the Game" print - you can choose a current piece or even one of the brand new pieces in the series. Here are the details:

1. Leave a comment with your guess as to how many clicks of the camera I will take during my 3 day trip (only one guess per person, please).

That's it! After my trip in early March, I will let you know my shutter count and announce the winner.

Don't forget to share this exciting news and contest with your friends! Seriously - please share.

Stay up-to-the-minute about my exploits and adventures here:

In other news, that is super exciting as well...

April - Las Vegas (hello, people watching)
May - Arizona (speaking engagement at the HomeAway Summit for vacation rental homeowners national convention - woo hoo!)

Hope you have a wonderful day, and don't forget these words of inspiration:

"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel Adams

Tyann Marcink
documenting life