Best of 2010: Best Basketball Photos

Next up in my Best of 2010 blogs is my best of basketball. I am still not too comfortable with shooting basketball but slowly but surely I am picking up a little interest in the sport.

Below, using a star filter on my lens I shot Miami Heat forward (30) Michael Beasley driving to the basket under pressure Phoenix Suns center (8) Channing Frye in the first half at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual with a Star Filter

Phoenix Suns forward (55) Earl Clark defends against Milwaukee Bucks forward (21) Hakim Warrick in the first half at the US Airways Center, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Phoenix Suns guard (13) Steve Nash drives to the basket under pressure from Milwaukee Bucks defenders in the second half at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Phoenix Suns forward Amare Stoudemire puts on his trademark glasses in the second half against the Milwaukee Bucks at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

New Jersey Nets center Yi Jianlian looks on as his teammates are introduced prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

New Jersey Nets guard (6) Courtney Lee leaps to the basket in the fourth quarter against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Using a remote camera in the catwalks of the US Airways Center I shot the below frame of Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (right) positioning for a rebound with Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley.

Nikon D700, 70-200mm with 1.4 convertor, 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Chicago Bulls guard (1) Derrick Rose dunks the ball against Phoenix Suns guard (2) Goran Dragic in the fourth quarter at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Phoenix Suns forward (1) Amare Stoudemire screams as he celebrates a foul call in the third quarter against Dallas Mavericks at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Baylor Bears forward Quincy Acy dunks the ball against the St. Marys Gaels in the second half during the semifinals of the south regional in the 2010 NCAA mens basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

In the below frame I focused on the hand of Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski as he yells against the Purdue Boilermakers during the semifinals of the south regional in the 2010 NCAA mens basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Purdue Boilermakers forward (25) JaJuan Johnson celebrates after dunking the ball against the Duke Blue Devils.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1600th, Manual

Purdue Boilermakers guard (5) Keaton Grant runs into Duke Blue Devils guard (20) Andre Dawkins as they fight for a loose ball during the during the first half in the semifinals of the south regional in the 2010 NCAA mens basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Duke Blue Devils guard (30) Jon Scheyer drives to the basket in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers during the semifinals of the south regional in the 2010 NCAA mens basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

In the below frame, Duke Blue Devils center (55) Brian Zoubek pushes as he grabs a rebound against the Baylor Bears during the first half in the finals of the south regional in the 2010 NCAA mens basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

When a basketball court is placed in the middle of a huge football stadium it makes the court look really small. To illustrate that I went to the upper deck during the game to shoot the below overall shot of Reliant Stadium.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Duke Blue Devils players celebrate following the game against the Baylor Bears during the finals of the south regional in the 2010 NCAA mens basketball tournament at Reliant Stadium.  Duke defeated Baylor 78-71.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Below, Phoenix Suns guard (2) Goran Dragic is fouled by Denver Nuggets guard (25) Anthony Carter as he drives to the basket in the second half at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) battles for a loose ball with Phoenix Suns guard (23) Jason Richardson in the first half in game one in the western conference semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at the US Airways Center, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Prior to the game against the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (below) does pull ups on the basket at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Phoenix Suns forwas Hakim Warrick (center) reacts as Memphis Grizzlies forward (00) Darrell Arthur reaches for a rebound in the first half at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Below, Phoenix Suns forward (33) Grant Hill dives for a loose ball in front of Memphis Grizzlies forward (4) Sam Young in the first half at the US Airways Center.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

Minnesota Timberwolves forward (4) Wesley Johnson and Phoenix Suns guard (13) Steve Nash battle for the ball at the US Airways Center, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 3200iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Manual

Next up in my Best of 2010 blogs is a new category for me. Best of Portraits.

3 Responses to “Best of 2010: Best Basketball Photos”

  1. andreas says:

    great photos …

  2. WOW…. These are Awesome images!!

  3. Des Thureson says:

    A very interesting set of hoops pics Mark. I really enjoyed looking through. I really like number 4 with Nash and Bogut.

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