4A State Basketball with a broken lens

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I haven’t shot basketball without lights for a long time. I have to admit it was kind of relaxing. I didn’t need to worry about getting to the venue super early or setting up and transporting a ton of gear. All I needed was 2 cameras, 2 lenses and a custom white balance.

That may have been what I needed but its not what I had. Currently my 70-200mm f2.8 (a must-have for indoor sports) is being held together with gaffers tape. I can’t manually focus it because of the tape, so I have to rely on my auto-focus. In basketball I usually have to use a combination of both. It was a tough game to shoot, but the Conifer Lobos made it easy by defeating the Pueblo South Colts advancing to the final four. Super high ISO, newspaper sharp, over toned basketball photos commencing in 3, 2, 1.

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A New Angle for Basketball

© Matthew Jonas 2010

Hey Karl, I’m not sure that the 3 point line is a CHSAA approved photo position for basketball. Just kidding man. Click here to check out his photos from state basketball play offs yesterday. Good stuff as usual. I should have a few images up later today as well.

Favorite Photo of the Week 10/17


This is a photo I made during an assignment at the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office garage in Golden. They often bring children to the garage to play on everything from a patrol car to the snow rescue vehicle that they have for some reason. One of the most popular vehicles for the children to play on is an M113  transport vehicle. It’s basically a tank. Why the Sheriff needs a tank, I hope I will never find out. (But if I do find out, I hope to have my camera ready.) The hatch on the top of the vehicle makes for some great photos though.

I switched to spot meter to make this image. I could see this photo happening ahead of time so all i had to do was wait.