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X-C Skiing Shoot With The Fujifilm X100s.

Two of my favorite features of the Fuji X100s have to be the leaf shutter and built in ND filter.  For anyone who works with strobes, these are two unbelievably useful features to have in a camera. If you aren’t familiar, ND filters reduce the amount of light entering the lens/camera.  With out getting too technical, this is useful when you are shooting in bright light for example and you want to use a wider aperture.  Without an ND filter, this is especially difficult to achieve if you are also trying to shoot with strobes in that same environment.  When shooting with strobes, most cameras have a limited maximum shutter speed you can shoot with.  Shooting faster than this shutter speed will result in the physical shutter of the camera showing up in the photo, cutting off some of the light produced by the strobe.  This isn’t an issue with a camera that uses a leaf shutter as opposed to a focal-plane shutter. Leaf shutters allow you to sync a strobe at pretty much any shutter speed.  The only limitation then becomes the speed of what you are using to trigger the strobes with from your camera, as well as the flash duration of your strobes.

 

This past week I set off to shoot a shot I have had in my head ever since I got the camera.  I wanted to shoot a sunset cross-country skiing action shot lit with strobes.  The X100s was the perfect camera to help me get the shot.  I asked Phil Anschutz, a division 1 college skier, if he would help me out.  He was onboard so we set out to shoot.

 

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When we got to the location, the sun wasn’t quite as low in the sky as I wanted it, so we started by shooting a lit portrait.  I shot the portrait with my Canon 5d mk III and an 85mm lens.  I had to shoot with a –3 stop ND filter to be able to knock down the ambient light and shoot at a wider aperture.  I lit the shot with Elinchrom strobes.  The main light was a beauty dish set above camera in front of Phil.  I then used two more strobes with high performance reflectors behind Phil on each side, rim lighting him.

 

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After we had gotten the portrait shot, we moved on to shooting the action shot.  I called upon the abilities of the X100s for this picture. I eyed up my shot and lit it very similar to the portrait.  Beauty dish for a fill just left of camera with two strobes with high performance reflectors rim lighting Phil as he skied.  The tough part was timing not only when Phil was in the light “sweet spot,” but also him making sure he was in a good looking physical position as he skied past the lights. The camera’s leaf shutter allowed me to sync my strobes at 1/500s, helping me to knock down some ambient light but also making sure I didn’t get any ghosting as my strobes froze the action.  The set up worked flawlessly, helping me get the exact shot I was hoping for.

In my opinion these are some pretty powerful features to have in a compact camera that costs only around $1,200.  This is just another reason why my X100s is one of my favorite cameras.

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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.

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings NFL Football Photos 2013

Here’s another quick blog post of photos from the Packers last home game against the Vikings.  Things haven’t been looking good for the Packers since Aaron Rodgers injury.  Hopefully he will be back, ready to play this weekend against the Falcons.  At least the games have been still good for photos.  Here are my favorites.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stretches his arm during warm ups.

 

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Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews sacks Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

 

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Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews flexes his muscles after sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is hit after making a catch by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien dodges Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien dives into the end zone while getting hit by Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway (52) and free safety Andrew Sendejo (34).

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien throws a pass while being pursued by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.

 

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Minnesota Vikings strong safety Jamarca Sanford breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin.

 

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is hit during a run by Green Bay Packers free safety M.D. Jennings (43) and cornerback Tramon Williams (38).

 

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Green Bay Packers defensive end Datone Jones tries to get his hands on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder.

 

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Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings.

 

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Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier slaps hands with guard Charlie Johnson during an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks stiff arms Minnesota Vikings safety Robert Blanton.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn passes the ball before being taken down by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen.

 

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Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn scrambles past Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy (27) is hit during a run by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Chris Cook (20) and Robert Blanton (36).

 

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder gets the ball away just before getting hit by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn.

Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles NFL Football Photos

I’ve been a little behind on keeping the blog updated during the past month, so this post is going to be a combined post of photos from the last two Packers home games.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

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Green Bay Packers vs Cleveland Browns NFL Football Photos

Despite injuries to key players, the Green Bay Packers seem to be able to fill in the voids and keep winning games.  This past weekend for instance, the Packers had players that hadn’t shown much promise in previous games step up to become play makers.  The first that comes to mind is Jarrett Boykin.  Hopefully others will keep improving and help the Packers keep winning games despite the injuries.

From a photographers stand point, shooting during rainy games is a pain in the you-know-what.  Its a balancing act of trying to keep your gear dry yet accessible enough for you to use efficiently.  Despite fumbling around with rain covered gear at times, I was able to come up with some shots I am proud of.  Here they are.  Thanks again for stopping by and looking.

Matt

 

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A member of the Cleveland Browns coaching staff runs the stairs inside Lambeau Field prior to the game.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin can’t pull in a pass while being covered by Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine.

 

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden gets a pass off right before being hit by Green Bay Packers inside linebacker A.J. Hawk.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy is hit during a run by Cleveland Browns inside linebacker Craig Robertson.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambles with the ball against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushes against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin makes a catch while being covered by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

 

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Green Bay Packers  quarterback Aaron Rodgers breaks the tackle of Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard.

 

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Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron makes a catch while being covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Micah Hyde.

 

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Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

 

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Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Daniels hits Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is injured after being hit by Cleveland Browns free safety Tashaun Gipson.

 

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Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is taken off the field after being injured.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin stretches to get the ball over the goal line while getting hit by Cleveland Browns cornerback Buster Skrine (22) and cornerback Joe Haden (23).

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown while being covered by Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden.

 

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Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton performs a Lambeau Leap after Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jarrett Boykin celebrates after catching a long pass against the Cleveland Browns.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers raises his arms celebrating a Packers touchdown agains the Cleveland Browns.

Cyclist Portrait: Part 2

A little while back I wrote a blog post about shooting a portrait of a cyclist using neutral density filters.  The portrait just happened to be a secondary shot the day of the shoot.  The main shot that I wanted to get was more of an action shot that I could use to build into a composite image.  Well I’m finally getting around to posting that completed composite.  Much of the lighting was I used was similar to the lighting used in the neutral density portrait as well as some of the other more recent composites I’ve shot.  Thanks for checking it out.

Matt

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Green Bay Packers vs Washington Redskins NFL Football Photos

I know these are long over due, but I’m finally getting around to posting some of my favorite shots from the Packers home opener against the Redskins.  Thanks for looking and enjoy.

Matt

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Lambeau Field prior to the start of an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during warm ups prior to an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers.

 

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Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Kevin Greene talks with players on the sidelines during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks looks to pass against the Washington Redskins.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is hit after making a catch by Washington Redskins strong safety Bacarri Rambo.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb and wide receiver James Jones celebrate a touchdown against the Washington Redskins.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson scores a touchdown while being covered Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson gets yelled  at by a Washington Redskins fan while celebrating a touchdown with a Lambeau Leap.

 

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon reaches to make a catch while being covered by Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks breaks the tackle of Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III ducks under the tackle of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

 

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Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed makes a catch for a touchdown while being covered by Green Bay Packers strong safety Jerron McMillian.

 

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon runs away from the pursuit of Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields.

 

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III gets his helmet knocked off while getting sacked by Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) and defensive end B.J. Raji (90).

 

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Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews looks down at Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s helmet while Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan picks it up after it got knocked off .

 

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Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is taken down during a play by Washington Redskins free safety David Amerson.

 

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Green Bay Packers running back James Starks dives over Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley.

 

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Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon breaks the tackle of Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams.

 

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers looks to pass the ball against the Washington Redskins.