The first time I was at this basketball facility, I wasn’t prepared to set up a remote camera. So I made a mental note to myself to bring a magic arm to attach to the base of basketball hoop the next time. That opportunity came about a month after the first visit.
Jan 17 2015 || Sacramento, CA: Bay Area Renegades invade Jam On It’s MLK Dream Big Festival Basketball Tournament held at McClellan Park || © 2015 John Encinas, all rights reserved || www.johnencinas.com
Recent had the opportunity to test out my newly acquired fplate (www.fplate.net) and I cannot believe I waited so long to purchase one. The image above was literally the first image that was captured after the initial setup, prefocus, and test shots.
Nikon D800 | Nikkor 17-35mm @ 22mm | 1/400 | f4.0 | ISO 6400
Here’s where I placed the camera mounted on the fplate. I’m sure people who were was watching me setup was taking side bets to how many times I would hit my head against the wall as I was trying to stick my head in a small area to prefocus the camera. In hindsight, I have a solution to that problem and I’ll share it on a future post.
Setup as a floor remote, I gaffer taped a single AA battery at the bottom of the camera so that there is a slight tilt upwards. I plan to purchase an fplate in the near future to give me a more consistent and sturdy base. The remote camera is triggered via Pocketwizard.
Remote: Nikon D800 with a 35mm lens @ f4, 1/400, ISO 5000
Main: Nikon D3s with a 85mm lens @ f4, 1/400, ISO 5000
Dec 20 2014 || Sacramento, CA: 11u Bay Area Renegades vs Jam On It held at Jam On It at McClellan
Camera on a tripod on the stage behind the backboard. Manually pre-focused and tirggered via Pocketwizard from the balcony on the opposite side of the court.
Remote: Nikon D800 with a 28-70mm (at 28mm), @ f4, 1/400
Dec 12 2014 || Vallejo, CA: 5th Grade Holy Spirit Knights vs St. Vincent held at St. Vincent Gym.
With 12 seconds left in the game, the 4th grade Solano Select team found themselves down by 2. With one of their 3pt weapons fouled out minutes earlier, the boys stayed cool and executed a play. With the time winding down Solano Select moved the ball around until they found an open player to shoot the 3… the player was fouled! With the pressure of the outcome of the game directly on the player’s shoulders, he steps up to the free throw line with 2 seconds left in the game. First shot bounces around the rim twice before it fall in… second shot was a swish… the game is now tied. The third shot goes up and another swish! Solano Select went on to finish the tournament undefeated. Congratulations Solano Select!
A rare opportunity presented itself in this tournament. My son’s 3rd grade Renegades and 4th grade Solano Select teams played in the same tournament. The tournament also was played at my old High School where I graduated from 22 years ago.
These boys experienced something very important today. They learned never to give up.
At one point in the second half of the game, the Solano Select Blue team was facing a 25 point deficit. Determined not to give up, they hunkered down on the defensive side of the ball and made key shots to complete the comeback.
Its been a month since the 3rd Grade Renegades played in a tournament. With each tournament game they continue to grow together as a team, gain experience, and they are having fun doing it. With continued hard work and commitment, these boys are set to make a mark in any tournament they compete in.