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Basketball floor remote camera: A quick and easy way to shoot a different angle.

 

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Remote cameras are nothing new to sports photography.  In fact, for major publications and news agencies, remote cameras are a regular part of shooting an event.  A little over a week ago I shot a basketball game between UW-Green Bay and Valparaiso for UWGB.  I had an opportunity to borrow a fellow photographers Canon 1Dx for the game, giving me three bodies at my disposal for the night. (I currently have two Canon bodies that I shoot with that are my own).  I thought, what a good opportunity to set up a third camera as a remote for the game.  I like to take every opportunity possible to give my client a different angle than what they are use to getting from shooting a basketball game.

 

The only issue I had that day with getting a remote set up for the game was the time crunch I was under.  I started game day by waking up a 4am to go shoot B Camera video on a shoot an hour south of Green Bay.  I knew as soon as the video shoot was over, I would only have a small amount of time to drive back home to shoot the basketball game. Normally one of my favorite remote camera positions is to shoot directly down on the basket from the rafters of the Resch Center in Green Bay. The only problem with this position is it takes about a half hour to get a camera set up, ready to shoot in that position. Instead I decided to take a quicker route and set up a floor remote.

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The set up I used is fairly simple.  I use a ground level light stand with a ball head attached.  I set up my Canon 1D mkIV with my wide angle zoom lens and set up the camera to fire every time my main camera fires. I used Pocketwizards to trigger the camera remotely. I composed my frame, locked down my focus and was ready to shoot. I like this set up because not only is it quick, but it’s also easy to set up. It also allows the remote camera to sit next to me while I shoot the game. I can keep an eye on it, making sure it is triggering and its not getting messed with by fans.

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A frame from my main camera, a Canon 1Dx with a 70-200mm lens.

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The corresponding frame from the remote camera. Canon 1D mkIV shot at 17mm.

The floor set up worked out very well for the game.  This angle allowed me to piece together in Photoshop, a 7 shot sequence of UWGB’s Keifer Sykes on a break away dunk all in one shot (first photo of the post).  It was a picture that my client had never gotten before and they were very excited about it.

 

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UWGB Phoenix vs Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Mens College Basketball

Back in November I was assigned to cover the UWGB vs Wisconsin men’s college basketball game here at the Resch Center in Green Bay.  This game has become a regular pre-season match up for the past few years, and has historically always been a close game between the two schools. This years game was no exception.  The lead changed multiple times during the game which ultimately lead to the Badgers wining by only a margin of three points.  UWGB’s Keifer Sykes had an opportunity to tie the game up in the last second but unfortunately the shot he put up didn’t go in.  This matchup is always a great game to cover.  Not only is there a good deal of action, but the atmosphere is electric.  This year the game was a sell out, packing the Resch Center with the biggest crowd I have ever seen at a UWGB mens game.  Since this game the Phoenix have been on a roll and are currently in first place in the Horizon League conference. As for the Badgers, they have fallen from third in the AP top 25 pole to currently not even being ranked in the pole. Still, there is a lot of basketball left to play this season and things can change quickly in only a matter of a few games.  Here are my favorite shots from the game.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

P.S. I also shot a cool time lapse of the game for UWGB. You can find it at their web site by clicking the link below.

http://www.greenbayphoenix.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?db_oem_id=22500&id=3106036&catid=39907

 

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes reacts in front of Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky after dunking on the first possession against Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Green Bay’s Alec Brown fight for a loose ball.

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Wisconsin’s Wisconsin’s head coach Bo Ryan reacts to a foul call against the Badgers.

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes drives to the hoop while being guarded by Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson (12) and  Frank Kaminsky (44).

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Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser is fouled by Green Bay’s Kenneth Lowe.

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Wisconsin’s Ben Brust drives to the hoop past Green Bay’s Greg Mays (left) and Keifer Sykes.

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Green Bay’s head coach Brian Wardle argues a call with an official.

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Wisconsin’s Ben Brust shoots over Green Bay’s Jordan Fouse (4) and Carrington Love (12).

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky posts up against Green Bay’s Alec Brown.

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes shoots a last second shot to try to tie the game while being guarded by Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson (12) and Frank Kaminsky (44).

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes shoots a last second shot to try to tie the game in front of a sell out crowd at the Resch Center in Green Bay WI.