Ronald Davis  

About to Tackle by Ronald Davis

June 2022 - About to Tackle

About the Image(s)

Title: About to Tackle

About to Tackle is a rugby league photo taken in Tully, a small Queensland country town, at about 9.40 PM. It is the be-all public show grounds that covers nearly all outdoor sporting events. This photo taken under very difficult lighting conditions “ 4 light towers, each will 6-7 lights. The photographic equipment I was using would be best labeled as the general-purpose travel lens. I am currently 2,600 Kms from my normal place of residence so my equipment choices are limited. This is the best photo out of 125 taken that evening from the sidelines of the match. The standard of the match is quite high “ this is Queensland State League. I was not expecting much, but it's all that is available and will be for the next 3 months. The question I ask myself in attending night sport is, “Why take a Camera”?

Camera: Canon 70D (APSC)
Lens: Sigma 18-300mm at 200 mm
Settings: 1/320 F6.3 ISO 25,600
Processing: Lightroom Auto. Much noise removal, increase Saturation and Luminance

6 comments posted

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Ronald, obviously the light conditions were not in your favor, but still you were able to record the event for the future. The very high ISO + noise reduction process really takes a toll on the quality and sharpness of the image creating the magenta hue and the grainy and grudge looking details. Still, lots of action going on, with three out of the four legs in the air. The player with the orange top is about to take a fall, and yes, never leave home without your camera even at night !!   Posted: 06/06/2022 11:19:20

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Ronald, Isaac has already said the most important thing in his comment. With the difficult lighting conditions you have achieved the optimum in your photo. The problem with crop cameras is that the noise in the image increases strongly at higher ISO values and when denoising, the sharpness suffers again and it distorts the colors, with the result that you get a magenta color tone.   Posted: 06/09/2022 04:26:27

Kerry McFarlane
Hi Ronald. I have never shot at anywhere near that high ISO, thank you for showing it can be done. Although not perfect in finish you have captured that players in a great action shot. And how lucky are you to be in beautiful Tully. Did you do any rafting on the river during your visit???
  Posted: 06/10/2022 21:26:21
Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi Kerry did not do rafting in the Tully Gorge; I don't know if it still operates. Just where I winter live Hinchinbrook Island, tours have not been resurrected as yet but an increasing number of tourists are arriving in Cardwell, I believe Cairns is doing better. My sister-in-law coming up to Cardwell on Monday said Melbourne Airport experiencing long delays with passengers, staff shortages due to Covid isolation for airline/airport staff.   Posted: 06/10/2022 22:37:02

Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
As others have already said, the poor lighting conditions make this a very difficult photo, and you have made the best of the situation. The harsh, contrasty lighting on the faces are particularly difficult to deal with.   Posted: 06/21/2022 16:56:19

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hey Ronald, Lighting conditions are about as difficult as possible. ISO 25,600 is insane . The front of the van in the corner also distracts from the image. Bruce   Posted: 06/22/2022 09:48:23


Please log in to post a comment