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 Post subject: Pond Skimming
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 5:20 pm 
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pond skimming: one skis, snowboards, or tubes down a steep slope in attempts to pick up as much speed as possible in order to skim across a pool at the bottom. Oh, and don't forget to keep your balance.

BYU-Idaho hosts a pond skimming event every year. Fellow students dress up in ridiculous costumes, hoping to achieve fame and glory amid the frigid temperatures. As for myself, I sit along the sidelines with my camera and capture the splashes.

In all seriousness, I was wanting to test out my new Tamron 28-75mm 2.8, which I say delivered well. I also wasn't too familiar with AI SERVO auto focusing mode, so I experimented with that.

Lessons learned:
- AI SERVO works well, depending on how fast the subject is moving. Captured every shot sharp? No. Got a few great shots though? I'm pleased with a small set (see below).
- Tamron's 28-75mm is great! ... Buuuut, I really wish I had even more reach. Hence, the Sigma 70-200mm is next on the wishlist. I even saw a student with one photographing for the University Communications. Ah, I want one. But the Tamron's constant aperture of 2.8 was very helpful so I could keep high shutter speeds and be zoomed all the way.
- Equipment get a little stiff when you out in 10 degrees (F) for over an hour -- the zoom ring didn't flow as smoothly then.

Enjoy.

-MrKman-

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Canon EOS 5D II + PowerShot G12
Samyang 14 f/2.8 + Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 + Samyang 35 f/1.4 + Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Yungnuo YN560 + YN560ii (x2) + Cactus V4

WISHLIST: 300 f/2.8
FORMER: Canon 5D + 40D + 450D + 18-55mm + 28-135mm + 50 f/1.4 + 100 f/2.0


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Nice shots man! You got lucky with the lighting though, I would kill to get 1/320th at 2.8 and ISO 1000. 8)

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Yes, lighting was superb. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger. The Audio/Video department keeps bringing more and more equipment each time.

Coming from you, that means a lot -- 'preciate the compliment.

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Canon EOS 5D II + PowerShot G12
Samyang 14 f/2.8 + Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 + Samyang 35 f/1.4 + Sigma 70-200 f/2.8
Yungnuo YN560 + YN560ii (x2) + Cactus V4

WISHLIST: 300 f/2.8
FORMER: Canon 5D + 40D + 450D + 18-55mm + 28-135mm + 50 f/1.4 + 100 f/2.0


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Great shots indeed!And I am too surprised that you were able to freeze the action without having to use an uber high ISO at night :shock:


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