Greenhill v Cassidy  Friday October 10, 2003            Page 1
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They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Doug showed up at the game with an electronic flash on top of his camera for the first time at a night time event. I spent much of the week getting advice from professional photographers on the internet. I like the results, although I did get plenty of blown shots.

I arrived just a little bit late. Just in time to get a shot of the back of this Cassidy player running an interception into the end zone.
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What do we have here? Appears another Greenhill dad has purchased a new digital toy.
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So, why was it so much work for me to figure out how to use the flash. Because this was the look I was trying to achieve.
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Notice the players standing in the background. The flash is not providing the light needed to illuminate those players. So, I am using the flash to simply allow me to slightly reduce my "film speed" and also increase my shutter speed while still keeping the background light. So, I am only using the flash to slightly brighten the players. (The flash is set to 1/16 its normal power.)

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Well, it ain't perfect. Shots at the wide end of my zoom lens are all over-exposed. I will have to work out that wrinkle.
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The flash really gives me much nicer shots while standing in the end zone. It is particularly dark at both ends of the field.
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If I am not mistaken, Brandon scored a touchdown every time I took a photo from the end zone when Greenhill had the ball. (3 times.)

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So, without the flash I had my film speed set at 3200 and the shutter speed about 1/125 second. With the flash I have the film speed set at 1600 and the shutter speed set to 1/180. The extra speed on the shutter makes a big difference. (Although it is still too slow to really get good football shots. But that is also a limitation of my camera. That is simply the fastest it will synch with a flash. The higher model digital cameras will sync at about 1/400th with a flash. Maybe next year.)

Let me guess here. Is the girl in the middle related to the woman in the background. The expressions sure appear to be similar.
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Good news and bad news. Brandon intercepted the pass but then fumbled at the end of the run.
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