Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Photographing Paintball With the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 and 14-140 mm Zoom

My twelve year old daughter has taken up a new sport - paintball. Until now, I've merely dropped her off to play, but have wanted to try my hand at photographing the action. I finally followed up and did it.
 
Assassin, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f10, 1/320 sec.
 
 
So, I found a UV filter to fit the 14-140 lens, custom fit a plastic freezer bag to fit around the edge of the filter and cover the body, and headed out. By the way, this approach worked perfectly; I took a direct hit in the hand while holding the camera. Orange paint splattered the bag, but not the camera. The filter would have protected the lens front element as well.
 
Most of the people out playing paintball are not middle school girls. Many are military people, and they take it pretty seriously.
 
Intense Focus, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f11, 1/125 sec.

 
Here is the best action shot I captured that day:
 
Gunsmoke, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f13, 1/500 sec.


I heard comments about how my little girl is a "badass," "a warrior," "a little ninja," and several other things, all positive. One guy said, "she's on my team, and it seems like everywhere I go, she just pops up." She's quickly gaining the respect of this group.
 
Who's That Little Girl?, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f14, 1/500 sec.


 
Here's what it can look like when you take a direct shot.
 
Face Shot, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f5.3, 1/500 sec.
 
Cover, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f13, 1/500 sec.

Point and Shoot, by Reed A. George
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3, Lumix 14-140mm f4-5.8 Lens at 140mm
iso 400, f11, 1/500 sec.
This was a fun photographic outing. I rarely use shutter priority on any of my cameras, but knew that I wanted a fast shutter speed for this type of action. So, I set the G3 to "S" and generally 1/500 second, letting the meter choose the aperture for me. That worked quite well.
 
Because I had to wear a protective mask on the field, it was necessary to shoot from the LCD, rather than through the electronic viewfinder. That was more of a challenge, but it worked okay.
 
Shooting the wide range zoom, which goes from wide angle to telephoto, was also very handy. Next time, I may try getting out on the field with a 35mm equivalent lens. We'll see.
 
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