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Local MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Event with OM-D E-M5 (Image Heavy)

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by darosk, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Daros
    This was the Borneo Fighting Championship's inaugural fight card. I'd heard about this event through Facebook. As a fan of MMA for over 10 years, I was curious and eager to see how my E-M5 would deal with fast action sports indoors, with terrible light. As the location was about a 5 minute walk from my apartment, I e-mailed the organizers for a media/press pass and was granted one.

    I have never shot anything like this in my life (fast sports in mediocre light). I was shooting in Sequential L mode 90% of the time, and the results were about what I expected out of the camera. C-AF/Tracking on the E-M5 isn't great - this probably isn't groundbreaking news to most of you, I know :smile:. Still, reading about it online and experiencing it for yourself are two different things - and I'm happy to say I know more about my camera's limits than I did before.

     
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  2. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  4. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  6. phigmov

    phigmov Mu-43 Hall of Famer

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    Great shots. You can almost feel the blood & sweat fly !
     
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  7. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks. Fighters were impressive, very intense and entertaining despite being mostly amateur fights.
     
  8. charcoalblack

    charcoalblack Mu-43 Regular

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    thank you for these. I really like the b&w ones.
     
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  9. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks :)
     
  10. Steph

    Steph Mu-43 Veteran

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    Very nice man! I'm a "Nak muay" but I like MMA too. The black & whites works better here IMO but I like the Blue tint and the desaturated colors in this one :

     
  11. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks brother. Yes, I agree - being the first time I'm shooting/editing MMA photos, I'm discovering that the subject matter lends itself to the desaturated, cool/gritty look quite well. It's a good learning experience for me - since I posted this thread, I've still been tweaking the colour and tone in the photoset. The B&W, well I love B&W anyway - and I have to say that being forced to shoot at 3200 ISO pretty much the whole event made the images come out with a grittier feel. I totally did not plan for that aspect - but it worked out well!
     
  12. F/Stop

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    Brian Y.
    I love the bw! Great images. 75 1.8?
     
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  13. Rick Waldroup

    Rick Waldroup Mu-43 Veteran

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    A very impressive series. However, the last one in the fourth series of shots is simply spectacular. Great stuff.
     
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  14. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Thanks! Used the 45 1.8 for most, along with the panny 14.

    Thanks Rick. I was right up against the cage with my camera for that one - was quite exhilarating.