Munich residents have always had the opportunity to enjoy top level football. On the contrary, Munich hasn’t traditionally been the basketball capital of Germany. This year however, things have changed. Bayern decided to invest in basketball and within two years has managed to build a strong team, which is able to compete in the Euroleague against the best teams in Europe. This week, with Bayern hosting Olympiakos Piraeus we had the opportunity to watch the fastest improving team in Europe play against the reigning Euroleague champions and in many peoples’ eyes, the best team in Europe at the moment.
Although I thoroughly enjoy sports, I am not into sports photography. This week however I thought I would make an exception, take my camera with me and share the experience on this blog.
As always this post is about photography and not about basketball. My objective was to get interesting shots and interesting corners, rather than document the game. During post processing ended up using a lot of B&W to make the photos more interesting.
Of course I couldn’t resist the opportunity of a couple of play photos.
For most of my shots I had set the ISO to 3200, aperture to f/4 so as to get the maximum shutter speed (usually around 1/300 to 1/500). This way the shots weren’t blurry even with the quick action on the court.
During half time, I had the opportunity to explore other photo opportunities within the stadium. Unfortunately the Audi Dome doesn’t offer that many interesting corners (or it was just me not having the eye to find them).
I really like panning shots of any kind; cars, animals, people whatever. But, they are not particularly easy to achieve. Yesterday I had many opportunities to try and get one, since the players spend most of the time running up and down the court. Without a tripod however, it is very hard to move the camera only horizontally, without any vertical movement. These were my best attempts:
The game was particularly enjoyable. None of the teams focused on defence and we had the opportunity to watch an unusually high scoring game (for Euroleague standards). In the end it came down to the final shot:
All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable experience with würzige Riesebratwurst, a great game, good company and the opportunity to get some interesting photos. What more can one ask?
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