Longhorn Volleyball…NCAA Tournament

NCAA Volleyball Tournament Second Round Action - Texas vs. Michigan State

I was saving this so I could post it in honor of the Longhorns making the final four in the NCAA tournament but…they lost in the regional final over the weekend.  Illinois managed to win and will face USC on Thursday.

Here it is:

Just for fun, here are some pics from the University of Texas Longhorns vs. Michigan State match in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.  I hadn’t ever brought my camera to Gregory Gym but decided to for this last home match of the year.  I used only my 17-40 f/4L (“long” lenses are not allowed) and took most pictures from my seat.  Right away I discovered that the color temperature is not consistent throughout the place — something I hadn’t noticed until I took pictures — but  I didn’t attempt to fix the color at all.  It’s amazing how our eyes just adjust to the situation but the camera cannot.  Most (all?) of the images were shot in manual mode at f/4, 1/500s, and at ISO 3200 since I didn’t have the benefit of using any strobes like the official photographer (he has four strobes mounted in the rafters).  I chose the fast shutter speed in hopes of freezing the action reasonably well.  For shots in between the fast action (preparing for service for example) I could have switched to a smaller aperture and slower shutter but I was mostly there to enjoy watching the match and didn’t want to fiddle with settings.  “Photography” wasn’t number one on the agenda for the night.  The pictures are by no means awesome but in any case recorded a fun evening watching volleyball with my girls.

Of course we cheer for the Longhorns…for now.  However, my alma mater (Illinois — the #3 seed) is still in the tournament and should they meet Texas in the finals we’ll be behind the Fighting Illini (we already have our tickets!).  My kids know they will be grounded if they choose to favor the Longhorns 🙂

Warmups

Team Introductions

Michigan State Serves To Begin The Match

Longhorns Serve For Set Point

Check Out That High Toss On The Jump Serve

Missed Block (But Still Looks Cool)

Longhorns Celebrate Winning The Second Set

And finally, what happens when your shutter is open and the stadium photographer triggers the strobes in the rafters.

Overexposed...

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9 responses

  1. Great shots! I love all the “longhorn fingers” !

    December 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

  2. Awesome post! Wonderful shots.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:19 am

  3. Great series, you got some really nice shots

    December 15, 2011 at 2:06 pm

  4. Thanks, everyone. Someday I hope to get the opportunity to try shooting games like this more seriously — I need a connection to get me on the floor (and a few more photo skills…) 🙂

    December 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

  5. Gig ’em, Aggies! lol

    April 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    • Don’t tell anyone, but I cheer for the Aggies more often than the Longhorns…I went to Illinois so I’m pretty neutral 🙂

      April 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  6. By the way, why are they still playing in Gregory Gym. That place is an antique, and not a good one!

    April 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    • I don’t know. We do enjoy the intimacy of the place though — no bad seats.

      April 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      • We didn’t have any bad seats in my high school gym either. t.u. women’s volleyball definitely deserve to play in a better place.

        April 28, 2012 at 9:04 pm

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