Not An Action Photographer

I have great admiration for sports and action photographers. The challenges of the pursuit are many and diverse: human bodies moving quickly, unpredictable changes in direction, overlapping subjects at varying distances, varying lighting conditions…weather. It’ll test your mettle as a photographer.

With indoor sports, lighting plays a big role…it often, well, sucks. When shooting fast-moving people (or anything else), you’ll want a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and a high aperture to give you a little leeway on focus. Keeping the ISO low is desirable, as it prevents excess noise (or grain, if you’re shooting film). If you’re shooting in low light, you can’t have all those things.

While modern digital cameras perform well in less-than-ideal lighting conditions, they still need you to make prudent decisions. Shooting a wrestling event, it seemed like ISO is where I’d give up the most ground. Yes, the images would be noisy, but that compliments the subject matter…so…no big deal. These photos were shot with a Sony A7rII, through Sony’s Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA lens. Settings varied…shutter speed from 1/125th to 1/500th of a second, aperture from f/4.0 to f/11. ISO was set to “auto,” and often soared to 10,000…16,000. Post processing was done in Lightroom.

Not knowing what to expect, I like the images. They’re not going to win any awards but they do capture the spirit of the evening. Scroll down for more. Thanks for looking!


Primos Pro Wrestling in Denver, Colorado…