Every now and then, I get pleasantly surprised when I get to an assignment. This time, my luck happened at a wrestling tournament.
For those of you who have never had to shoot high school wrestling, the light is typically awful. Think ISO 1600+. It’s nice to think the designers up at North Andover High School had this in mind when they designed the gym (doubt it!), because around sunset, a beautiful streak of sunlight sneaks into the gym, leaving me with great light and long shadows for decent pictures.
Granted, it takes a little bit of patience to wait for these wrestlers to move into the light — they’ve got other things to worry about in there. I thought it was worth it to wait it out, rather than be satisfied with the flatly lit, horribly noisy photos I would have gotten with the gym lights (didn’t have time to light it myself). With the light fading fast, and slowly creeping up the wall, I got one more before I had to rely on the house lights.
By this point, the light was a warm, reddish-orange, which knocks down the ambient light in the room down to blue when you white balance for the orange. Pretty cool color effect.
A nice way to end the day.