On September 14, 2018 the Director of Therapy Services at the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute invited me to take photos at the Maryland Crab Pot V wheelchair rugby tournament, which would take place on October 27-28, 2018. I’ve been heavily involved in organized sports my whole life, as a player for nearly 50 years, also as a coach and referee, and now as a photographer. I have seen, and have personally experienced, how participation in sports can help people discover the strengths that they possess. Now as a photographer I get a chance to capture the moments that demonstrate those strengths, and leave players with ongoing reminders of them. Needless to say, I accepted her invitation.
The venue for this two-day tournament was the Harve de Grace Activity Center, in the town of Harve de Grace, Maryland. This was a great place to get away to. Hopefully, we’ll do it again next year.
MedStar NRH Punishers
Fans, refs, venue, etc.
1. Camera settings
I shot all of these photos using my Nikon D850 full-frame Digital SLR, and for most of the shots I was using my NIKKOR 70-200 mm f/2.8 zoom lens (I also shot a few using my NIKKOR 28 mm f/1.4 prime lens.). I set the camera shutter speed to 1/500 seconds for the action shots. This was the minimum shutter speed to make sure that I had minimal motion blur. Using Auto ISO with a maximum limit set to 2500, the ISO for most photos ended up in the range 1600-2500. Although the images may have been sharper if I wasn’t using the zoom lens wide open, that would have forced a higher ISO, which would have resulted in more sensor noise. Limiting the ISO to 2500 made noise reduction in post processing very doable, requiring a Lightroom luminance noise setting of 75/100.
The camera’s automatic color temperature function seemed to do a good job in this environment. I don’t recall having to make any color temperature adjustments in post processing.