View Full Version : Little league baseball with the E-30

April 17th, 2010, 12:05 PM
Finally got a chance to get out and shoot some little league baseball. This is a 13yo Majors game. I used my Sigma 55-200 to shoot the game. Will likely rent a ZD 50-200 SWD at some point just to see how it compares (won't be much of a comparison I am sure). Loving the E-30 so far, and it's 5fps. When I am rich and famous like Jeffro, then I'll go 7D and more fps.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4528223341_6cdddfe819_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4528223341/)

Lakewood parents weren't sure if he was under the tag.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4528250653_ee5a1fef5b_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4528250653/)

He was.
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4045/4528880568_b6e97093f8_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/chesterbullock/4528880568/)

More at http://photos.chesterbullock.com/JCJBL/13-0/13-0-Lakewood-vs-Louisville/11866199_2vhH9#839370431_uKqpo

One thing I learned, I am going to eat a lot of memory. If I ever want to completely shoot both teams that are playing, I am going to need to be very disciplined or get more memory. I filled a 4GB card by the 6th inning.

April 18th, 2010, 05:57 PM
I have close to 100GB of memory...most of which came from shooting sports, running out of memory and running and grabbing cards. I have finally consolidated to mostly 8Gb and 16GB cards with a couple 4GBs left for playing around with.

I know it's hard to do, but keep moving around and you will find that sweet spot where the background is much less of a distraction and you can get tighter focus on the players. I got lucky with most of my tourney work and it was always at one of three fields so I was able to find that spot for all three through a 40 game season and tournaments.

April 18th, 2010, 11:40 PM
Nice shots Chester.

When i go shooting at like rocky mountain national park, i take the laptop and portable hard drive with me. go out on a hiking trail take my shots along the way and when card fills up I dump the memory card to the laptop or portable HD. usually i leave the laptop locked in the truck and dump when i get back and then go on to the next place to shoot some pics. but i just use 2 8gb cards and never had an issue with running low on memory even being gone all day or weekend in Estes or RMNP. i've seen many times up in the moutains hiking or sight seeing, other photographers with a backpack camera bag and inside they also carry their laptop computer to unload their cards when they get full so they can keep shooting. Just an idea. it works great for me.

April 19th, 2010, 12:02 AM
When i go shooting at like rocky mountain national park, i take the laptop and portable hard drive with me. go out on a hiking trail take my shots along the way and when card fills up I dump the memory card to the laptop or portable HD.

I basically do the same thing. For a while, i was looking at those drives you can plug your card into and it transfers everything over...but they are expensive and not very big for what they cost. I bought a cheapo Gateway Netbook, put a big hard drive in it and use it for any massive amounts of shooting. Its small and light enough that i can throw it in my camera bag and forget its even there. Biggest downside to this is the downtime it takes to download those cards...transferring 16GB's of photos via USB or even a dedicated card reader takes a bit of time. I only shoot in RAW so it takes up alot of space.

Like Tiff also, i got rid of most of my smaller cards and consolidated into a few larger cards. Ive got two 16GB's and that more or less will get me through a FULL day of shooting but do resort to the laptop on occasion for extra space...i do keep a couple other smaller ones handy just incase. One thing you going to find with a faster FPS camera with sports is that your going to rely on the "spray and pray" method of shooting alot. It means lots of wasted memory...my keeper rate for this method is usually well under 10%. Its easier to just hold the shutter down and let it fly till the actions done and then pick the best of the bunch when you start your post processing. I could easily rack through a few thousand shots in a single little league game and probably walk away with a couple hundred or less solid keepers. I dont even want to know how many actuations my 1D body has on it now...im probably upwards of 70-80K at least in the last 8 months or so since i had the shutter replaced and that was done in less than 50 photo shoots. We were out with the Golden State Glassics boat club last weekend and I racked off nearly 4K shots in 2 days...and i bet i spent less than 2 hours total behind the camera in that time. But thats the price you pay for getting those good shots that otherwise would have been impossible or nearly impossible to time just right.

April 19th, 2010, 08:07 AM
If I can get one game on a 4GB, then I am not doing too bad. I have 3 of 4GB and a few 2GB. Will likely step up to 8's or 16's when funding allows, but I am not doing any tournaments or anything where I wouldn't have the laptop handy anyhow.

PhantomD AKA Zach
April 19th, 2010, 05:56 PM
I have a battery powered hard drive thing, it's slow but it works...


I used it once on a sailing trip I was on.