Monday, February 25, 2013

Faultline Derby Devilz vs Tulare Kings at Bolado Park

The Faultline Derby Devilz out of Hollister, California played there first bout against Tulare Kings Roller Derby at Bolado Park, a little south of Hollister. 

This was my first outdoor derby bout.  Bout time was 1pm, in February in California with a bunch of fluffy clouds occassionally passing by to create some momentary shade.

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I shot most of the bout at f8, instead of f2.8.  Yeah, that's right, roller derby and "f8 and be there."

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I just couldn't get over the depth of field of the photos when editing them. 

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I mean Jesus Feist! That depth of field is crazy!

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Even with the contrasty light there seemed to be a bit of a haze to the photos... so I added a touch of constast or stomped on the lower part of the level curve for many of them.  Oh, and check out these blue shadows.

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The bout was played on a concrete outdoor patio.  The concrete had to be swept extra clean for the second layer of tape to hold down the lines defining the track.

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Also the track was a little smaller than standard. I was a little leery about shooting from the center but it worked out okay.

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Now the really crazy thing was the occasional IR contamination in the photos in spite of having a UV/IR cut filter on the lens because the sun was so bright.  Now, you can't see it in this photo, because I converted it to black and white (and played around with the color mixing and level curves), but this black Monterey Bay hoodie is actually slightly purple in the out-of-the-camera digital negative.

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Okay, just a few more photo highlights.

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The full flickr set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/sets/72157632846057805/

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