A challenging environment with flickering lights and inconsistent white balance all the time. I found myself on this International Meeting of Rhythmic Gymnastics about a month ago and immediately I found myself in front of quick action, low light and weird white balance making this photo shooting a real challenge.
The girls moved so quickly I had to push the camera beyond its limits just to freeze the motion enough for a clear shot. I tried every lens I could get my hands on in addition to mine, but still the light was always changing and the colors were either washed out or deep dark with noisy details. I could not do much except my best and I could only wait and see what I could do in Lightroom after the shooting. I had to boost the ISO very high up to 6400 and made a new custom sharpening profile in Lightroom for the entire series.
What I hadn't taken into account was the large amount of photos I took in order to capture enough motion to select the best photos later. I almost filled my 32 GB card from this event and had to select from a total of almost 1500 photos, being very strict to myself and narrowing down the best to almost 400.
To my defense, I didn't want to neglect any participant by not capturing their best moments and their best moments were too many I am afraid! The link to their photographs (over 300) are here.
Some of the participant names I caught on the board during the event are:
If you happen to know any of them, please inform them that they can download their photos WITHOUT the watermarks if they drop me a line, so I can give them the link and lift the restrictions. Unfortunately, I could not get in tough with some of them to inform them how to download their photos.