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JV Girls Soccer by Trippy4U JV Girls Soccer by Trippy4U
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I'm sincerely grateful for your support :peace:

I got a new toy the other day and instead of laying down in bed in the evening with the owners manual and camera, going page by page to "learn" its operation, I decided to just go out and shoot an assignment with it.

Bad choice…although I have been using Nikons since the film days (F5's) and digital for years now I thought intuitively I'd know where everything I needed was.

Not the case with the Nikon D4 entirely. They moved some key commands to new locations. For example the M/S/C focus toggle switch is now a two step operation requiring both hands when it used to be just a one thumb maneuver. I use this often as I am shooting sports. If I had bothered to read the manual before going on the job I wouldn't have missed a thousand shots. Actually much lower than that. I hate editing tons of stuff.

The out-of-the-box default position is S which is Single focus. It only takes a photo when something is in focus and won't let you trip the shutter at will. Basically useless for action photography in which "the peak moment" is vital to keeping food on the table. I searched like an idiot, as the game progressed, for a way to switch it to continuous focus which allows you to trip the shutter at will whether the subject is in focus or not. But more importantly it also activates focus tracking which adjusts the focus automatically as the subject is moving.

Very useful for sports photography even though when I first began shooting with a Nikon FM2 there was no autofocus. You had to focus manually and you'd better learn fast how to be good at it or you'd starve. But with technology these kinds of skills become absolute…or maybe we just get lazy and depend upon machines too much to do everything for us. I think its a combination of both.

Anyway the one right decision I thought I made was choosing an assignment that I considered not nearly as important as some others in my field. A JV (Junior Varsity) Girl's Soccer match. It has been awhile since I have covered one of these. They are usually given to the rookies. JV are kids in high school who are I guess 13, 14, 15 year old's who aren't ready for the Varsity squad. And so they learn how to play in that sort of "minor league arena" before hopefully being promoted to the next level of competition before they graduate.

To my surprise I had forgotten how much harder it really is too shoot this level of competition. Sure they move a lot slower than the seasoned athletes and all, but the key thing that makes it so difficult is that they don't know what the fuck they are doing. I mean shooting sports involves having a knowledge of the game's rules and plays so that you can anticipate where the action is going to be, or should be, so that you can be ready to grab the "good" shots as they unfold. But with JV…expect the unexpected always. They never are where they should be and never do what they should do…well not exactly never…but far and few in between would seem a fair analysis. With the seasoned college level players and especially pros, they are where they should be and do what they are suppose to do. They may not always succeed but you can count on them to be there. You get into a rhythm if you will and can shoot with eyes closed if need be. Which incidentally I almost have on a few occasion when covering an early Sunday morning event after being out in the pub to the wee hours of the morning drinking the night before. You can almost fall asleep standing up…especially if the game is boringly low scoring like soccer. I'm kidding futball fans. I actually enjoy shooting soccer because there is always a lot of activity on the field for the entire match.

Well getting back to the main point I was lucky enough to come away with a few "keepable" shots. Just enough to satisfy the AD (Athletics Director) in spite of being like a fish out of water with a camera I did not know…yet.

Regarding the D4, I have since "learned" it…and my first review of it is that its an animal. A picture taking machined brute. I love it. I haven't had a pro level top of the line Nikon since the F5's. I just felt that the digital pro Nikon's weren't up to that standard yet for the price they wanted for them. But now they are. They truly have arrived…the megapixels are near where they should be. This particular one has 16.3 MPs and a real 100 - 12800 ISO in an FX format (1:1 ratio)…more than enough for any sports/journalism photographer. The prices are still ridiculously high…but I suppose Nikon justifies that by telling us they have to pay the salaries of the engineers who think up things like, "Hey let's make a one thumb action a two handed hassle and charge people lots of money for the improved mousetrap that didn't need fixing." Gotta love the 21st century.

Oh and the moral of the story? Know your equipment well before you expect someone to pay you for using it. I got over this time…barely :lol:

Hopefully you'll learn from my mistakes (Do as I say, not as I do. lol) :peace:

Camera: Nikon D4
Lens: Nikkor 300 F/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Aperture: F/2.8
Metering: Center Weighted Average
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Focus Mode: Single
Focal Length: 300mm

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:iconanimeotaku124:
animeotaku124 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, offensive!  ;)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
How so? :lol:
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animeotaku124 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm a girl, and I play soccer, and I can say we DONT do that.  I still got a kick outta that, though :D
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Ahh I see. Cool. I guess they are still in the learning stage :lol:
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animeotaku124 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha!  yeah.  :D
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
:lol:
I just love the expressions on their faces :lol: 
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:icontrippy4u:
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
:lol: Yea they are like, you take it...no you take it :lol:
Thank you Vanja :heart:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Ha! I love their facial expressions.
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:icontrippy4u:
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
:lol: Yeah its like, ooh that ball hurts :lol:
Thank you Karinta :rose:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
:la: That's it! You're welcome.
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NastyaTulupova Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Cute!!
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
Aww thank you...adorable they are :thumbsup:
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artist
:rofl:....in case you havent noticed...I have 2 new nikons...havent read shit...(re:my images)..:lol:
I was GIVEN-:D-5100 FOR DUMMIES...havent opened it...:lol: was gifted a great-shooters book..(Nat-GEO) wont open
it.........amazing...amazing shootn..Rich



(You go to college..for this..(feet on the desk)...or self taught??)
Love ya man
Doc..
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I'm sorry...maybe I forgot but hey congrats on that. The Nikon D5100? And?
You gotta read the owners manual at least dude...and I sure the book will be tremendously helpful. So read that too, dude :lol:
I was self taught and then had to unlearn everything when I attended college for Art/Photography...after switching my major from Biology :lol:
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artist
My bad..Nikon SX8200. Thank you!
I have Read the Owners Manuals on both.....Playing on my own,with light and settings..is how i learn.
The "Dummies Book" I can learn from..:rofl:...The "In Camera abilities are amazing"
The D..is going to take time...The sx8200 is a quick n great Pocket Rocket..:lol:

Thanks Brother...Mark
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Ahh I see. My advice is to put one of them down and use the other exclusively until you know it inside out. My choice would be the D-5100.
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artist
Agreed...Gone shootn Brother...:peace:....
Thanks for sharing your experience behind the trigger....:ahoy:
Catch on the Flip-Side...Mark
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Happy hunting to you, Mark...may each shot u take be a "keeper"
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Artist
AHHHH...got to go back to basic...remove the 200mm...go back to the 2.5FD..w/Uv..and work it...
Hell I did beTter with the Kodak..(great light pick-up)...than get over welmed with the D...
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Gotta stick with the D5100...you'll love it.
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AlisonAilfinnAllan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
:rofl: Love this shot!!
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:icontrippy4u:
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Awesome...thanks so much Ali :heart:
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
eyes wide shut ?
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
:lol: The only way to really "see" the ball...maybe :lol:
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:iconmarkotxe:
Markotxe Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
to feel it ...
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
:lol: bounce off you head :highfive:
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Mariska1974 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I read the comment from Patrick, from artist to artist!! :eager:
:la::la::la: I look at his work and look at the work of Pat, the two greatest artists of DeviantArt ... :O_o:
Conclusion: I don't know anything, i dont do art :lmao:
I'm a joke ! :nod:
You're amazing, Richard!!!:clap::clap:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
I don't want to ever hear you say that ever again Karla...you are no joke and you have created many a fine piece of art. In my book that makes you an artist :hug:
And I also never want to hear you say how great I am (although I love hearing it :lol:).
I'm OK...I do my thing and that's all :shrug:
Thank you my dear friend for liking my photographs :tighthug:
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Mariska1974 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Yes, your job is amazing, my pleasure! :wave:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Merry Christmas Karla dear :iconchristmastreeplz:
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Neneplayswithpaper Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Love the look on their faces! :heart:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Priceless for sure Jeanie...thank you so very much :heart:
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Neneplayswithpaper Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
You're very welcome. :hug:
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:iconchryssalis:
chryssalis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Amazing shot!Girls are always girls!!:D :clap:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
A god bless them all...great and small :thumbsup:
Thank you kindly dear Athina
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chryssalis Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Always a pleasure,my dearest..Missed you and your work..:blowkiss:
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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Funny shot. They look like they are afraid of the ball =D
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thank you Tom. Yea, they certainly do look (and probably were) afraid :lol:
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TeaPhotography Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh my! That is some shot there Richard!! :lol:
:w00t: :heart:
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Thank you so very much Tea...I'm glad you like it :hug:
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Unique0Me Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: is always my reaction to your photography! Amazing every time :thumbsup: :)
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Aww shucks Aleksandra...thank you very much :tighthug:
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britegreenfish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Photographer
4) D1 was three times more expensive than the D4 (1/3), and how crappy that was...
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
For real? How much was it?
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:iconbritegreenfish:
britegreenfish Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Photographer
it was $10'000 in 2000
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
You are kidding. My God...not worth it by any stretch of the imagination. I guess they will be saying that about the D4 once the D8 is released :lol:
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britegreenfish Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Photographer
totally true
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britegreenfish Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Photographer
1)" they don't know what the fuck they are doing" ahahahah, I remember playing cards randomly, I won, cos the others were too logical.
2)"the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself" Sun Tzu, Art Of War
3) I wont have a D4, Im doing my last reporting and then I'll be going to my house in the Hamptons as retired. Sad.
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
"the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the enemy himself" :clap:

I wish you had one my friend because you deserve it. I want to retire too...I'm getting tired :lol:

Thank you Chris :peace:
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britegreenfish Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Photographer
im starting a new series, sensitive case, cant say any word, I hope you know a good attorney in law
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