Sometime ago we discussed shooting volleyball games and some recommendations were given. I could not for the life of me find the thread which this was covered in, so.. I was given the job of seeing what kind of photos I could come up with on the spur of the moment at a high school indoor event.
Problems I encountered included the following: 1) the playing area is all the way to the bench, thus photographers must not get near the court. Defeats the low angle shot.... 2) lighting was from a mix of mercury vapor and some other possibly sodium vapor light source.... 3) Long shots rehire long lenses, at least some depth of field is required, and of course the action requires high shutter speeds. 4) Flash was not allowed as it would tend to blind the players temporarily or at least create a possible hinderance to the team I was shooting for as the opposite team would be playing without the flash going off.
So, I used D4, 70-200mm f/2.8VRII and here is one at ISO 9000 1/400 sec, f/4.5 116mm - 0.7ev
Post processing was also a consideration, as the background was so close to the object color and tonal range, I reduced the saturation in the background and slightly darkened it as well. So, this is how I did it... anyone else have ideas they would like to share? I suspect basket ball would have similar problems, different lens choice, however. More photos are on the Flickr page with this one and any comments are welcome. It was a difficult venue at least for me.