Night Time Baseball Suggestions

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Chris Naples, Jul 3, 2004.

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    Chris Naples Guest

    Hi all,

    I'm looking for advise shooting with my Nikon 5700 at night games at Petco
    Park (in San Diego) without a tripod or any telephoto lens. Does anyone have
    any luck shooting under these tough conditions (i.e. low light and action
    shots)? If so, what were your spec's?

    I look forward to your feedback!

    Chris Naples, Jul 3, 2004
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    Rufio Guest

    I've shot some rolls at Bank One ballpark at night . I don't bother with a

    Nikon 6006 & Sigma F5.6-6.3 170-500AF. When they open the roof, if there is
    any natural light I load 24-exp 200 & underexpose a tad. Anything else it's
    400 & eventually underexpose that. I shoot from the first or second row,
    just beyong the end of the first base dugout. I have a view of first base,
    pitchers mound & third base all in a row. I also get a view of the plate -
    150-200 feet away. I get a load of garbage, some decent shots of plays at
    first base, isolated pitcher, nothing in the outfield.

    BUT, occassionally I get something exciting at the plate. I Look for 2
    left-handers in the line-up. When the first is at the plate, the seond is in
    the on-deck circle on the first base side just clear in the shot, of the ump
    & catcher. I can get both batters swigning at the pitch, catcher & umpire
    crouching, and as the VIP stand is just behing & to the right of home plate,
    I can also get Jerry Colangelo (managing general -partner) and some of the

    I also have a shot of Curt Schilling mostly clear, except for his
    forearm,wrist & hand blurred, as they were moving forwards - looks kinda

    My only hassle - certain a-holes on the gates try to stop me taking my long
    lense in, claiming it's professional equipment. But I've had it out with the
    club & the ground & I have a senior manager to call if it happens again.

    Let me know how you get on - it's a real hard environment. But the dug-out
    always provides some candid shots of people messing about - if you have a
    view. So - get the best seat you can afford. I have 6 front-row seats a
    year, rather than 30-40 in the bleachers.

    Later..................................Dave C.
    Rufio, Jul 3, 2004
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    Steven Wandy Guest

    I used to own the 5700 and used it to take pics at a Brooklyn Cyclones
    (Met's AAA team) in Coney Island. Set the camera to use a higher ISO speed
    and generally used shutter priority mode so that the camera would not drop
    the speed without me noticing. Pics came out fine.
    Steven Wandy, Jul 4, 2004
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    Chris N Guest

    Thanks for the replys....I'm going to the game tonight to give it a attempt
    (I hope this time with your suggestions, I get better results)! Clements
    pitching tonight so hopfully I can get some good shots to share!
    Chris N, Jul 5, 2004
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