CAPTION: Bishop Guertin’s Holly Zaharchuck spikes one past Nashua North’s Kyla Gustavson Saturday, Oct. 31 at Bishop Guertin High School Division I quarterfinals. The Cardinals came back from a 2-0 deficit to edge the Titans 3-2.

THOUGHTS: Today I had the privilege of shooting in the Bishop Guertin High School gymnasium. Yes, it’s a dungeon. Unfortunately the only decent place to plug in lights is at the south end of the bleachers. The other bad thing is that the nice backdrop is also on that end. While it could have been a problem, I decided to go with it and explore lens flair. Using my 70-200mm, I used a different range of zoom lengths. It appeared that around 100mm was the most interesting lens flair. The circular rainbow is caused by pointing the lens exactly at the light source. Rainbows high enough in an airplanes experience this circular rainbow effect. You can also see it too on full moons if you look close enough. Anyhow, I shot about 70 frames or so of this trying to perfect it the best I could. In the end my gut told me this was the best one. It might be a stretch for some but to me it’s a relief to see volleyball differently. And no I did not add anything heavy in Photoshop, that’s all in camera.

On a side note, I’m really enjoying this “shooting for me” mentality on assignment. I don’t know why I didn’t focus on it sooner but I think it’s yielding some pleasing results.

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Camera data: 95mm, f/2.8, ISO 500, 1/200 second
Date Taken: 31-Oct-2009 20:39:01

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