Good Weather, Good Light

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

I am glad that spring sports kicked off this week. The weather was sunny and warm. The afternoon light was a nice change from the available darkness found indoors. It also feels really good to be sitting on the grass instead of a hard basketball court. LAX, track, soccer and baseball here I come.

High School LAX Playoffs

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

I actually made a lacrosse picture that I like!! It should be an easy sport to shoot but for some reason I have had a hard time with it lately. I guess trying to cover 3 games in 2 hours puts the pressure on you to produce.

EOS 7D and High School Sports

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

I am becoming more and more impressed by what the Canon EOS 7D is capable of capturing, especially with High School Sports. My main sports camera, the Canon EOS 1D Mark II N, is in the shop this week and I have been using the 7D instead. So far, so good. Another nice trade off is of course the focal length multiplier or field of view crop or whatever you want to call it. The smaller APS-C (1.6x) size sensor gives me an equivelant of 480mm with a 300mm lens. At times, I was using a 300mm lens in conjunction with a Canon EF 1.4x II Extender so I was actually shooting closer to a 700mm (672mm to be exact) lens. Wow. There were lots of tack sharp images to choose from at 672mm at f5.6.