Basket Level

Basketball, from a photographer’s standpoint, has some interesting challenges, not the least of which is positioning. Being along the base line gives opportunities for some great shots as guards and forwards charge down court, but pictures of action at the basket are difficult. For one thing the hoop is ten feet from the floor and even if I could jump that high there’s lots of things in the way, the backboard and the support system being the major things. One way to try and get around this conundrum is to point a remote camera at the basket at some angle that could possibly catch the ball, and a face or two, doing something awesome at the specific place we all think of when we think of basketball. So my idea last night was to point a camera, with a long zoom lens, towards the side of the basket, at the same height as the basket. (This isn’t new, but it’s the first time I’ve attempted it.) I learned a lot from the escapade and I did manage to get a few keepers from it. This one is my favorite.

Nikon D7000 Sigma 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm f/3.2 ISO 4000 1/1000 sec.