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Apr

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After the previous day of shooting college baseball pitcher Stephen Strasburg in Dallas and having my flight home cancelled I flew home the morning of the Elite 8 game between Missouri and Uconn. I knew it would be a rough game on me since I would be completely worn out but as with every shoot I would still give it full effort in hopes of getting something great. Sadly great wasn’t in the cards for me.

After getting to the arena a few hours before the game it was time to quickly set up a few remote cameras.

With big games that will have numerous photographers setting up remotes the first thing you need to do is write the frequencies you will be using on the paper that they typically set up on the post of one of the hoops. This prevents multiple shooters from ending up on the same channel thus ruining both peoples days.

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Once I had my frequencies on that list it was time to put up a few remotes. If you read my post from the previous hoops games two days earlier you may have saw that one of my camera cables had broken which prevented me from doing two remotes. Well on the way to the game today I swung by the local camera store and bought a new cable so that I could do two remotes.

Remote One would be the standard under the scoring table on the side of the court. Unlike the previous game, for this one I would have the camera lower to get some reflection off the court.

My camera on the left.

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Here is the view from the court. (note the gaff taped to the fabric and lens hood to prevent the lens from potentially getting covered.)

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After the camera was set up it was time to take a test shot to make sure it was focused properly.

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Ok that camera was good to go. 

For the second remote it took me a few minutes to decide where to place the camera. I ended up deciding on clamping to the edge of a grandstand railing elevated pointed towards the hoop.

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I had to be careful setting it up to not interfere with the remote that an AP photographer already had set up before me.

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Once everything was set up and I focused where I thought it needed to be I headed down to the court and stood under the hoop for a test shot.

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Everything was all set up and ready to go so I headed back to the media room where I took a quick power nap on the media room floor. 

I was woken up by the sound of a camera clicking directly over me. Thanks for the alarm Patrick Fallon!

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Photo by Patrick Fallon

Ok game time!

I went out to the court to my NCAA assigned spot.

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The game got off to a quick start as Connecticut Huskies guard (24) Craig Austrie goes for a loose ball as he leaps over Missouri Tigers forward (1) DeMarre Carroll.

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Below is the same shot from three different angles to illustrate why having remotes along with your handheld can be beneficial as Missouri Tigers guard (11) Zaire Taylor goes for a rebound against Connecticut Huskies defenders Stanley Robinson and Jeff Adrien.

Handheld:

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Remote One:

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Nikon D300, 80-200mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/800th

Remote Two:

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Nikon D3, 17-55mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/800th

My favorite from the three is certainly the floor remote. 

Below Connecticut Huskies center (34) Hasheem Thabeet is fouled by Missouri Tigers forward (5) Leo Lyons

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Below A.J. Price prepares to inbound the ball. He was literally a foot in front of me.

Here was the view as I shot sitting on the floor.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f3.5, 1/800th

It was a decent angle but I knew I could get something a little cooler so I held the camera up over my head hail mary style to try and get a more unique looking angle.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f3.5, 1/800th

Connecticut Huskies forward (4) Jeff Adrien shoots a shot as Missouri Tigers forward (15) Keith Ramsey attempts to block in the first half

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f3.5, 1/800th

During a time out I was able to lay back and relax for a few minutes. I was seriously that tired.

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Photo by Patrick Fallon

Halftime came a few minutes later so it was back to the media room to transmit some images then it was back to the court for the second half.

Anytime I have a remote camera in a spectator area I am always looking to make sure the camera is still there.

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Sweet, nobody has stolen it yet!

Heres a few random shots that I was too lazy to caption.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/800th

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f3.5, 1/800th

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/800th

Here is another example of the same shot from three angles as Missouri Tigers forward (15) Keith Ramsey blocks the second half shot by Connecticut Huskies forward (21) Stanley Robinson.

Handheld:

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Remote One:

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Nikon D300, 80-200mm, 1000iso, f2.8, 1/800th

Remote Two:

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1250iso, f4, 1/800th

The handheld shot was my favorite from that play.

UConn was dominating the game and as the game got closer to the end you could start seeing sad Missouri players.

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Even the band was sad, hell I haven’t seen a band this sad since I watched the band on the Titanic as it sunk, actually they were happier I think!

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Connecticut Huskies forward (21) Stanley Robinson blocks the second half shot attempt by Missouri Tigers guard (12) Marcus Denmon

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Connecticut Huskies head coach Jim Calhoun reacts during the second half against the Missouri Tigers

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

The game ended with a dominating UConn victory that really didn’t provide much great celebration.

 Missouri Tigers forward (1) DeMarre Carroll walks off the court as Connecticut Huskies forward (21) Stanley Robinson celebrates following the finals of the west regional in the 2009 NCAA mens basketball tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Missouri Tigers guard J.T. Tiller reacts after losing.

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/800th

Connecticut Huskies players dance following the game against the Missouri Tigers during the finals of the west regional in the 2009 NCAA mens basketball tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 1600iso, f4, 1/640th

Connecticut Huskies center Hasheem Thabeet celebrates in the crowd following the game.

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Nikon D700, 70-200mm, 2000iso, f4, 1/640th

After shooting some of the initial on court celebration I hustled into the media room to transmit some post game images. 

After posting several images I went into the UConn locker room in hopes of getting some good reaction/celebration shots.

Evidently I missed all the excitement (or there was none) because here is what I came across in the locker room.

Jeff Adrien eats pizza as he is interviewed by the media.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/250th

Hasheem Thabeet relaxes as he is interviewed by media.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/250th

Stanley Robinson hangs out with his shirt off as he is interviewed by the media.

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/250th

Craig Austrie shows his excitement as he holds the regional championship trophy in the locker room. 

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Nikon D3, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/250th

Calm down dude, you are WAY too excited!!

That ends my basketball shooting for the season (thank god!)

 

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Posted in Basketball, Me, NCAA, Pocket Wizard, Remote Camera, Sports   | 6 Comments

6 responses to “UConn Huskies tame the Missouri Tigers in Elite 8”

  1. Tim O says:

    Neat stuff…

    What if anything would prevent someone from making a 5 finger discount on a sweet Nikon rig & PW?

    Do you lock your camera to the stands? or just hope that someone would notice a spectator wandering around with your gear?

    Tim

  2. Eric says:

    About as excited as a pickle. Seriously, whats up with these guys. No emotions??? They just won. Maybe some bad pizza….

  3. excessmind says:

    That first photo is amazing. Austrie is like a bird of prey, and Carrol looks really disappointed from what’s just happened. I almost felt i’ve been there and seen it. Great photo!

  4. Hi Mark,

    My name is Jefferson Bernardes (brazilian photographer) and I am big fan of his work. I need help. Can you help me?

    I tried using pocketwizard plus II to shoot the second camera(Canon MkIII) at a soccer game. My place in the field is near the corner of the flag and the second camera behind the goal. However, it did not work in this distance. Is my pocketwizard Plus II is having problems?

  5. Lindsey Webb says:

    Hi Mark.. I love your site… well im retired and photography is my hobby.. I love shooting sports basketball in high school gyms.. well the lighting is sometimes not that good. I have a d-300s lens are 85.1.4.. 50/1.4.. for football I use the 70-200 2.8.. my 300s just does not do the job at 3200 iso..I am wanting to up date my camera.. give me your thoughts on the d-700 and oh yea the D3s…which is expensive… I could get a d-700 and a 24-70 for what the D3s cost alone.. give me some ideas please.
    Thanks
    Lindsey Webb
    llbcw@windstream.net

  6. IPA says:

    Mark,

    Nice stuff.
    Q. Did you change the lens on the camera on the floor at the half? One image says 24-70 and the other 17-55. I’ve seen this before and wanted to know if you liked the wider lens better.

    Thanks.

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