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Thai Boxing

Carrera_c 8 273 3 United Kingdom
3 Dec 2010 2:19PM
I plan to be covering a Thai Boxing event this weekend. It will be the first time I've ever tried any sport photography of this type. I foresee a few challenges:
First there's the ring, do I keep a distance to include the ring in my shots, or do I get closer and shoot from in between the ropes? From a distance I'd have to use my 70-300 lens which is a bit slower so I would have to rely on the D700's high ISO ability to keep the shots sharp. I'd also have to contend with the audience for a good view. Close up I will be able to use my faster 24-70 F2.8 or my 50mm F1.4, but with the fast pace of the fights I may struggle to focus and shoot as the fighters can move around very quickly and very randomly.

Has anyone ever done this type of photography before? Do you have any advice from previous experience?

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Britman 11 1.7k England
4 Dec 2010 11:26AM
Ive done a few boxing events. Always get up close, shoot from between the ropes but never use flash. I can't see Thia being any different. Don't forget setting white balance. Good look, would nice to see your results.
Carrera_c 8 273 3 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2010 10:28AM
Well I got up close, almost a little too close. Was shooting from between the ropes and had to retreat back a few times as the fighters got a little too close, one fighter nearly fell through the ropes at one point. Got some really nice shots, will upload a few over the next couple of days.

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