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Sports / Re: Quidditch World Cup VII, taken with 6D
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:41:44 AM »
They are playing quidditch! The sport based off the broomstick sport of the Harry Potter series. The third photo is a seeker(yellow headband) trying to catch the snitch(the snitch sock with the ball).  The players with the white headbands are chasers which attempt to shoot the quaffle(the slightly deflated volleyball) into one of three hoops. The green headband marks a keeper which is responsible for guarding the hoops but also does what chasers do.

If you fall off your broom, you have to run back and touch your hoops before resuming play. The black headband denotes the beater position in which they use dodgeballs to knock players off their broom(like dodgeball, if you're hit, you are out.)

As shown here with the purple bludger thrown in order to void the shot made by the chaser.

It's a full contact co-ed sport. It gets rough at times but it's a ton of fun.

I also play quidditch but our school's team isn't competitive.

Sports / Quidditch World Cup VII, taken with 6D
« on: April 17, 2014, 01:38:10 AM »
Some of my fave shots from the Quidditch World Cup VII in North Myrtle Beach, SC two weekends ago. Taken with the 6D and the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II.

Quidditch is a coed, full contact sport based off the Harry Potter books. We run with broomsticks between our legs as chasers try to shoot a quaffle(slightly deflated volley ball) through one of the 3 hoops, beaters throw bludgers(dodgeballs) at everyone to beat them(aka you dismount your broom and touch your hoops if you get hit), keepers try to guard the hoops, and seekers try to catch the golden snitch(a runner dressed in yellow with a tennis ball in a sock attached to the back of his pants)..
Chaser trying to shoot through a hoop:

Beater beating a seeker trying to catch the snitch

This weekend I will be traveling to the International Quidditch World Cup VII to shoot so thank goodness my camera didn't die or I would've been very much screwed indeed!!

Early this morning after days of being left in my room with the heater on, I turned it on. Tried the playback button. Didn't work. Tried the info button. Didn't work. Tried the autofocus button. Took photos but didn't half focus. I kept pressing the shutter button and then it started focusing. Eventually it showed the red indicator for focus again. Then I pressed the playback and info button and everything worked again!! I'm so shocked into bliss!!

If anyone is curious, this was the last photo I shot(wayy after the playback button and info button stopped working but autofocus worked so I just kept shooting. The mud made the tourney quite a sight!

I don't have CPS membership but what's the worst that can happen? Since i was still using it even though the play button stopped working and the info button stopped working, the shutter still worked.

I still haven't touched the camera, leaving it out to air. I haven't tried turning it on. I'm super scared of corrosion!

If corrosion happens, would it only be limited to my info and playback button?

This morning it was raining a ton but I was using a plastic bag to cover my 6D as I shot a quidditch tourney. As time went on, my playback button stopped working, the info button stopped working but miraculously the autofocus was still working and i kept shooting and the photos came out great! right now I'm cranking up the heater and then I took out the battery but I read that one of the most important things is to fight the urge to turn on the camera and check if its ok. And it's quite a fight!

I have an important tournament this upcoming weekend. I am really worried but then again, I'm sure I can do without the playback button and infobutton.

What else can I do? Can I check it tomorrow morning?

It's interesting as I've shot with my XSi in such conditions before and it has always lived to tell more stories.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:02:26 AM »
I go to college in Philadelphia but from Florida actually. But wow thanks for the offer!  ;D

The 6D has arrived in FL but it would be a little over a week before I'll actually get to touch it! As I've never explored video before, definitely am interested.

As for my username, I was first introduced to football in high school by a die-hard Saints fan and one of the first games I watched was a Packers game. I was supposed to be rooting for them because it would somehow help the Saints move up. Anyways then came that fateful Super Bowl day. my friend wanted me to root for the Steelers but I refused. We even bet on it! and you know how the story ends.  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:01:34 PM »
Thanks guys! lol candc I always keep hope.

I still know nothing about color grading and how to go about doing so in Premiere Elements?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: December 08, 2013, 09:53:50 AM »
so what is the face tracking during video, then, if it's not continuous AF?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: December 06, 2013, 05:54:53 PM »
so I'm watching Canon's 6D tutorial video on Basic Video Operation and it says it has Live Face Detect mode during movie record where it tracks the face!

So the 6d has continuous AF but only for faces?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D video for sports
« on: December 05, 2013, 11:14:24 PM »
If I used a small aperture and bumped up the iso to compensate for the light loss... would I be able to zoom in and zoom out without any worries about focusing?

EOS Bodies - For Video / 6D video for sports
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:52:25 PM »
With the 6d on its way, I definitely want to try using video. I know the 6D is not the best option for shooting sports video -but that's ok. Mainly I will use the 6D for sports stills. But I still want to make the most out of shooting video on the 6D.

I am not sure what settings to use. I've read some articles and old threads and came to the conclusion that probably 30fps at 1/60 is better than 24fps at 1/50 for sports. I've read some articles that recommended higher shutter speeds. And then there's the question of aperture settings. Since there is no autofocus in video, how would I go about doing that manually? Any tips? Or should I just use a large depth of field(what would be good? is f/4 too shallow? would f/8 be better?)

And settings for the video itself. It seems that a lot of sites are recommending to lower contrast, saturation, and sharpness and then "grading" it in post. I have Adobe Premiere Elements that I haven't touched(included on my computer). Can anyone give me a dummies version of grading? I'm used to editing exposure and stuff in lightroom so any analogies to that would be awesome!

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:33:33 PM »
Thanks for the responses! eh I'll wing it with my glasses cleaner.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lens cleaning fluid vs eyeglass cleaner
« on: December 03, 2013, 01:33:56 PM »
Do you think I'll be ok with the Lenscrafter cleaning fluid? not sure how to tell whether it would be abrasive

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