I was looking forward to watching some live badminton at the stadium after 10 years. So happened I just picked up the Nikon D90 and wanted to put it to the test with my Sigma 18-200mm lens. It was my first time shooting a sporting event. The complete album can be viewed here.
I had some initial trouble taking shots of the players in action as the shutter speed was too slow at ISO 1600, especially at the distance we were sitting I was forced to use the max focal length of 200mm. After ramping up the ISO to 3200 and increasing the shutter speed to 300, I was quite surprised with the results. The pictures were still reasonably clear and usable at ISO 3200.
Unfortunately I couldn't capture any good shots of the award presentation ceremony as the stage was on the other end of the hall and out of reach for the 200mm lens. My hats off to China for once again winning the cup. My only disappointment is how novice like the other teams in the tournament look in comparison. Betulkah Malaysia BOLEH? If yes then lets do something to get ourselves out of this rut! My support is with you guys!