On the bright side though, because the players are more professional and with greater skills, it also creates more photo opportunities for me.
Date24th - 29th June, 2014
LocationSydney Olympic Park (As opposed to the previous tournaments - Darling Harbour)
- Canon 1DX
- Canon 17-40mm/f4
- Canon 70-200mm/f2.8
I spent about 2 hours today, and I needed to resolve the followings.
- Do some test shots and find out the environment / venue. See if anything different to previous tournaments.
- Some players might not proceed to the semi-final / final, so it is better to get some shots now.
Very similar to what I have done in the past so I am not going to repeat again. Australian Badminton Open - Badminton Photography How To
|Shot from an elevated angle.|
|Fairly lucky able to get a shot from the long edge side, but then ran into problems with the bagging area.|
|Ready for the smash?|
- The A-frames (the ad around the courts) are higher than previous year. This chops out the bottom part when I try to get a low angle shot.
- The shooting area is more limited than last year. Cannot shoot from one of the short and one of the long edge side.
- My knee is pretty tired after awhile as it was uncomfortable to shoot behind the A-frames.
- The media wall is self-contained and isolated from the courts. Use of flash will not affect players in the court.
- The media wall is jam packed. Some people sneaked in front of me without much ethics. Luckily it is not my real day, but I am now prepared.
What to bring next time
- A 2nd camera and a flash with an ultra-wide angle lens to shoot at the media wall.
- A step / stool for shooting behind the A-frame.
- Also, I am bringing in a special lens that I have a creative shot to do in my mind now. :)