Anthony’s Sports-Day Drawing
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Sports Day “beanbags in the basket” competition -- Doshida Elementary School -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl,
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/250 sec, f/7.1, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sports Day
“beanbags in the basket” competition

I'm really swamped with Lightroom plugin stuff this week, so I just don't have the energy to address all the photos from our recently-completed short snowy New Year's trip, so I'll dip into the photo archives for some low-hanging fruit.

I attended an event at Anthony's school in November, and noticed his drawing on the wall, of his favorite event from his school Sports Day the previous month: tamaire (玉入れ). Teams stand in an area littered with beanbags and try to get as many into a basket held high up on a pole before time runs out. This event had the kids and dads paired up, 30 pairs to a team, so the bean bags were really flying.

Elsewhere on a wall were stacks of display papers the kids use to practice good penmanship, the most recent being スポーツ (“sports”). With f/1.4 at 85mm, it was easy to isolate just Anthony's effort....

Anthony's Penmanship Practice -- Doshida Elementary School -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl,
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 — 1/160 sec, f/1.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Anthony's Penmanship Practice

The event was a Christmas-Tree lighting ceremony, held at dusk, in an internal courtyard of the school.

Early Preparations -- Doshida Elementary School -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl,
Nikon D700 + Sigma 30mm f/1.4 — 1/80 sec, f/4, ISO 2500 — map & image datanearby photos
Early Preparations

The vignette here is a natural one due to the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 (a DX lens) being used on a full-frame body. You'd normally crop it out, but even though it's pretty rough and abrupt, it's still sort of interesting, so I left it.

All 3 comments so far, oldest first...

Are you using the 85/1.4 AFD or the Ai-S? Love the bokeh.

I, uh, dunno. It’s the 85/1.4 that’s currently available from Nikon. —Jeffrey

— comment by ed on January 11th, 2010 at 2:21pm JST (14 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Regarding using the 30mm DC Sigma on the D700, I presume that you have gotten a either Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 or at least a 50mm f/1.8 now that you have an FX camera to use as your low light “normal”? Just curious because the 30mm DC lens is a curiousity provoking choice for the D700, especially when shot at f/4.


PS: if Nikon still makes it, the 85mm is the AF-D 🙂

I don’t own a 50mm lens, and wouldn’t have used it in this case anyway, because I couldn’t back up any further and wanted to get the whole tree in frame. —Jeffrey

— comment by Josh on January 12th, 2010 at 5:15am JST (14 years, 1 month ago) comment permalink

Anthony’s picture he draw is great, too. I also like the colors.

— comment by Anne on September 19th, 2012 at 6:07am JST (11 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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