This week I spoke to our swimming and diving rules editor, Becky Oakes, about any images she would like me to capture. This turned out to be a very valuable conversation. Some of the items I'd not thought about were rightly suggested. Some of the goals include:
- Starting positions of the feet for the backstroke.
- Underwater kicking during the breaststroke and freestyle, shot at several frames per sec.
- Kick underwater on turns
- Relay Take-offs
- Watch for records to be broken.
- The Carmel team is likely to break some state records and possibly national records in multiple events.
I believe I have learned from last year' experience. My keep rate of shots was far lower than I had hoped. This was largely due to my unwillingness to bump the ISO higher in order to have a faster shutter speed. This time with the Canon 1D X I'll have much less concern about using higher ISO speeds. I plan to shoot no less than a 400th/sec for action shots and likely higher. I'm comfortable with ISO as high as 8000 and still managing image noise. The advanced focusing of the 1D X is incredible. The tracking capability and shutter speed (12 fps) are awesome. I'll use the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L Series II most of the event on this body. It's an exception lens with enough length given my access to the side of the pool during the event. I considered using the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 Sports lens for this event. But, its a bit big and I will not need the reach for most of the day. I'll have my Canon 1.4x converter if need to adjust on the fly.
My second camera body will be the Canon 5D Mark III. This is another exceptional body and has many of the same characteristics of the 1D X in terms of ISO. I'll have the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 Series II on this one most of the day. Its a fantastic combination and will be great for close shots of the teams on the side of the pool and interactions with the coaches and officials. I'll have the following lens readily available when needed, Canon EF 8-15mm L series Fish-eye, EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L Series II and a Sigma 15mm Fish-eye.
Packing up for the day...What will I be taking?
Canon 1D X
Canon 5D Mark II with the battery Grip.
Spare batteries for both cameras - fully charged.
Canon 70-00mm f/2.8 L Series II
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 L Series II
Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8 L Series II
Canon EF 8-15mm L Series Fish-eye.
Other Gear: Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT and Canon Speedlite transmitter. Since flash use will be minimized I'm only bringing one flash tomorrow.
Fast CF cards for the 1D X (Lexar 1000x 64GB (2)) and the same Lexar 1000x 64Gb for the 5D and a Lexar 32GB SDHC for the second slot.
I'll take the MacBook Air so that I can work on and upload images during breaks in the action. I'll also have an iPad Retina with me as well. A new twist will be using the Canon Wireless WFT-E6A for this event. I'll be able to easily transfer images to my iPad and share it via twitter. The ShutterSnitch IOS app works with with this combination. I'll have my Verizon 4G MiFi running to ensure I have access to upload if I cannot connect to the event system. If a record is broken I hope to post images quickly using mobile devices without going to the PC and ejecting a memory card, etc.
The rest of the kit is rounded out with a Gitzo mono-pod (possible use during diving), spare filters, a Lexar pro USB 3.0 card reader, tools, chargers and cleaning supplies. It will all pack nicely into the LowePro 200x Pro Roller bag.
This should be a fun event and I'm grateful to the IHSAA for allowing access to it on behalf of the NFHS.