Christ Prep. Academy Basketball


This past year my older brother played basketball for a local christian school, Christ Prep. Academy. I wanted to work on my action photography skills, so I became the ‘unofficial’ team photographer. I took probably 15,000+ pictures this past season, but these are a few of my favorites. (#32 is my brother, hence there are a lot more pictures of him than anyone else!)

#15

#15

#31

#31

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#32 (My Bro!)

#33

#33

#35

#35

#35

#35

If you are a photographer, what is your favorite lens to use for Action/Sports photography, and what settings do you use?

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About Wyatt VanDePol

Son, Brother, Nikon photographer, Beekeeper, Pianist, Artist, Coffee lover, Good book lover, Cross Country runner, and WordPress blogger.

7 responses to “Christ Prep. Academy Basketball”

  1. New Hampshire Gardener says :

    I used to use an SLR back in the film days but for digital I went with a Canon SX40. It’s a good camera for nature and landscape shots, which is most of what I do now. I also use a Panasonic Lumix for macro shots. I think you should stick with whatever you’re doing / using because these photos look great in spite of the tough lighting conditions.

  2. Steve Boer says :

    A challenging subject, and you’re doing well it looks like, what lens and settings did you use for these shots?

    • Wyatt VanDePol says :

      Most of them I used my 55-300mm lens, and shot in manual mode, (I don’t like the ‘Action’ setting when I’m shooting indoors with gymnasium lighting) Here are my settings:
      Aperture: 4.5 (as low as I can go with this lens :/)
      ISO: Approx. 2500
      Shutter Speed: 1/400 sec.

      Give or take a few depending on the picture, but these are probably the averages.

      • Steve Boer says :

        That sounds good. A faster lens might help, such as the 70-200 2.8, but it’s expensive and then you really have to nail your focus points much more accurately when shooting wide open. I found this out trying to take some indoor shots the other day without using flash with my 50mm 1.8

      • Wyatt VanDePol says :

        I agree a faster lens would help. I’d like to get one, I just don’t have the funds. One day hopefully!

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