I was looking forward to this month’s roller derby match as I knew it would be a good chance to put the new lens through it’s paces. Shooting sports in low light presents a unique set of optical challenges and I figured the new toy would be up to the task, and it was. I ended up shooting most of the match with it and only swapping to the wide angle for some experimental shots.

I liked being able to shoot the far side of the track as well as being able to go up into the balcony seats and shoot down on the action. Much more versatile than I imagined once I began to embrace the concept of “being the zoom.” In other words, moving my physical self to change the framing and focal length. Something that’s not always easy to do, but this event lent itself well to the concept.

Houston Roller Derby

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Houston Roller Derby

Houston Roller Derby

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Houston Roller Derby

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Houston Roller Derby

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Houston Roller Derby

The rest of my shots are in the HRD Flickr site. Check them out at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hrdart/sets/72157606680709501

Houston Roller Derby – Ring Of Fire
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5 thoughts on “Houston Roller Derby – Ring Of Fire

  • August 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm
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    The overhead shots are something I never see and are really interesting!

  • August 11, 2008 at 9:59 pm
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    Your monster lens is serving you well. My green monster wanted me to let you know.

  • August 11, 2008 at 11:06 pm
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    my god, you always seem to get the beauty in every shot you take. these are awesome.

  • August 12, 2008 at 7:21 am
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    Holy moses that lens does an excellent job on these shots! So at this point do you have to allot a whole room to your lens collection? 😉

    Beautiful work as always!

  • August 12, 2008 at 8:42 am
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    I missed this weekend’s bout. Nice to see these great shots. I’ve always wished my otherwise good little camera wasn’t able to take derby pictures.

    While the zoom ones are nice compositions, I’d love to see some overviews to give an idea of scale and size.

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