Monthly Archives: May 2016

2016 Colorado 5A Baseball Finals

I covered the 2016 Colorado 5A Baseball Finals this weekend at All City Field.  Cherokee Trail defeated Rocky Mountain 9-4 to take the title.  AS usual, there was plenty of drama and emotion during the games.  Enjoy the best of gallery.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school, Cherokee Trail

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

Colorado 5A baseball championship final, high school, Cherokee Trail

Cherokee Trail defeats Rocky Mountain to take home the Colorado 5A baseball title.

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Colorado 5A Baseball Semifinals

I covered the Colorado 5A baseball semifinals today.  The games were;t close as Cherokee Trail and Rocky Mountain easily advanced to the finals tomorrow.

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Denver Tango Festival

Denver Tango Festival-The Loft

I took some photographs of the first night of the Denver Tango Festival at the Loft at the Opera House last night. I can’t wait to go tonight to the Double Tree Stapleton and listen to my friend Jessica Schilling DJ the event.

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Denver Tango Festival-2nd Night at the Double Tree

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Olympus 300mm f4 Review

I tried out the Olympus 300mm f4 lens at the Denver Zoo this weekend.  The lens looks and feels like a 300mm f4 for full frame cameras but provides a field of view equivalent to a 600mm lens due to the micro 4/3 sensor size in the Olympus.  The lens is, in a word, impressive.  I had no issues handholding the lens  due to the image stabilization built in to the lens as well as the in body stabilization provided by the EM1 I tried it out on.  The end result–a lightweight combination that makes wildlife photography much more convenient.  Normally, a photographer would be required to carry a 2 pound body and a 7 pound lens along with a heavy duty tripod and gimbal head.  Not with the Olympus.  I had no issue walking around the zoo with this set up.  Using the teleconverter in conjunction with the lens I had the equivalent of an 860mm f5.6 lens!

Autofocus

The autofocus of the lens seemed quick and response.  However, the one limitation of this setup is the camera.  The EM1 simply doesn’t autofocus precise or fast enough to keep up with fast moving people or objects.  The camera was also fooled by objects in front of or in back of an object like grass or fencing.  Word has it that Olympus is working on an updated version of the EM1 that will address some of these autofocus issues, but we shall see.  If it can develop an autofocus system capable of tracking wildlife, this camera and lens combination will definitely find itself in the bags of many more pros who shoot sports and wildlife.  The lens is that good.

Image Quality

The Olympus 300 f4 lens produces great photos.  It even focuses to a relatively close five feet which allows it to take some nice close ups such as flowers.  I did not detect any major flaws with this lens during my time testing it.  It produces sharp, contrasty images even shot into the sun.  This lens is one of the best telephoto lenses on the market.  Period.

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Denver zoo, Olympus 300 f4

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Denver zoo, Olympus 300 f4, monkey

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Denver zoo, Olympus 300 f4, white pelican

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Nikon D500 Review

I had a chance to try out a new Nikon D500 camera at the Denver Zoo on Saturday.  The camera boasts some major improvements over its predecessor the Nikon D300, including 10 fps continuous shooting, a 20.2 MP sensor, and a greatly improved 154 point autofocus system.  My overall impression of the camera is that it is capable of taking pictures that rival full frame in quality, especially from a high ISO noise perspective.

For the test, I coupled the camera with a Nikkor 300 f4 PF ED VR lens.  This made for a lightweight yet relatively powerful telephoto combination for animal photos.  I put the camera through a whirlwind of tests including indoors at Bird World.

Autofocus

The new autofocus system is much hyped.  And for the most part it delivered during my test.  I used continuous autofocus with a 4 point zone.  The autofocus responded well in most situations but had trouble tracking at closer distances.  In particular, I tried to shoot my son doing a standing broad jump, but the camera couldn’t keep up in this situation.  It also had some trouble with birds in the relatively close quarters of Bird World.  I would want to do more testing and pair it with a 70-200 2.8 or 300 2.8 lens for more precise testing.  Ultimately, I would want to try it out at some sporting events and see how it handles erratic moving subjects.  My sense is that this camera won;t live up to the performance of its big brother the D5 but will still be quite good.

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Image Quality

The Nikon D500 provides a big step up in image quality.  It lacks an AA filter so images are very crisp and don’t suffer form the slight blurring an AA filter creates.  The images are contrasty and punchy straight out of the camera.  More impressive is the noise or lack thereof.  You’d be hard pressed to tell an image shot at ISO 6400 came from a 1.5 crop DX sensor.  This was quite an achievement.  This shot inside Bird World was taken at ISO 16000!

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The picture of the Lorikeet below shows the crisp color and detail this camera is capable of, even at ISO 2000.

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Here is a photo of an iris to examine fine detail in the beard.

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Ergonomics

The camera fits very well in my large hands.  I am used to Canon so some of the controls and motions are backwards from what I am used to, however.  Overall, I was able to figure out most functions relatively easily.  The buttons are well-labeled and laid out. The one thing I wish was easier to access was focus mode.  It wasn’t obvious how to change between continuous and single shot and then the various other modes like zone focus or tracking.

Metering and Dynamic Range

The metering in this camera was okay.  The camera underexposed some shots in the shadows.  I had also heard so much about the dynamic range of Nikon and Sony sensors as compared to Canon.  I was underwhelmed in this regard.  This shot of a Cassowary shows what I am taking about.  Some areas of the beak are blown out while some areas like the eyeball are quite dark.  I was able to pull some detail back in Lightroom.

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Overall, I thought the D500 looks to be an amazing camera for the price but will require further testing to see if it can be used reliably for sports photojournalism.

 

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