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Roller Derby – A Photographer’s Statistics

Some of you know I’m one of the regular photographers at the London RollerGirls Roller Derby league – and this weekend was the Anarchy in the UK tournament, the first WFTDA sanctioned event outside of North America, I thought I’d resurect the blog with a little post about stats…(You may now want to turn away if this sort of thing doesn’t interest you!)

Somebody at Anarchy in the UK asked me how many shots I’d take over the weekend, and as I had no idea off the top of my head, I promised I’d look it up. Several people in the past have asked what percentage of shots get used/deleted, so for any stat freaks out there, here’s the lowdown (Note: this applies to me only, the other photographers will all have different shooting styles and so different stats)

Equipment used :
Nikon D700 DSLR with Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR, occasionally a Nikon 35mm f/2
Used high speed Sandisk and Transcend 8GB CF cards, one per half bout.

Backup Equipment: (not used) Nikon D300 DSLR with Nikon 24mm, f/2.8 (effective focal length ~36mm)
Mounted on a Manfrotto 776YB monopod with an ancient Manfrotto 210B Ball head
(You may ask “Where’s the 50mm f/1.8?” -well, actually, mine’s a 50mm f/1.4 G and I forgot it!)

I shoot with spot focus and either spot meter or centre-weighted average at ISO 3200 at f/2.8, unless I’m using flash when I put it down to ISO 400 and the apature up to f/5.6 or f/8.

Saturday:
Arrived 11:30am, entered hall 11:50am, left approx 20:15pm Did not attend afterparty due to hurty knee and shitloads of photos to download/backup

Day total: 944 14-bit Nikon NEF image files

Bout 1: London Brawling vs Montreal New Skids on the Block:
407 images (43% of day’s kept images, 34% of all shutter actuations for day)
503 images shot total, 96 deleted in-camera)
– Note that this includes initial warm-up shots, incidentals, etc, so is higher than you might guess
6 posted to Flickr, 170 posted to Facebook

Bout 2: Steel City vs Charm City:
240 images (25% of day’s kept images, 20.3% of all shutter actuations for day)
312 images shot total, 72 deleted in-camera)
6 posted to Flickr, 160 posted to Facebook

Bout 3: Montreal New Skids on the Block vs Steel City:
297 images (31% of day’s kept images, 20.1% of all shutter actuations for day)
367 images shot, 70 deleted in-camera
6 posted to Flickr, 192 posted to Facebook

Day total deleted in-camera : 238 images (20.13%)
Day total shutter actuations for day therefore : 1182

Sunday:
Arrived approx 10:30am, entered hall 10:35am, left around 19:25pm Did not attend afterparty due to painkillers taken for knee, and wanting to get home (which thanks to London Midland hacking their train service off, the scumbags, wasn’t until after 11:30pm)

Day total: 740 images

Bout 4: London Brawling vs Charm City:
283 images (38.24% of day’s kept images, 29.1% of all shutter actuations for day)
372 images shot, 89 deleted in-camera
6 posted to Flickr, 159 posted to Facebook

Bout 5: Charm City vs Montreal New Skids on the Block:
225 images (30.45% of day’s kept images, 23.17% of all shutter actuations for day)
313 images shot, 81 deleted in-camera
6 posted to Flickr, 133 posted to Facebook

Bout 6: London Brawling vs Steel City:
232 images(31.35% of day’s kept images, 23.89% of all shutter actuations for day)
293 images shot, 61 deleted in-camera
6 posted to Flickr, 163 posted to Facebook

Day total deleted in-camera:231 (23,78%)
Day total shutter actuations for day:971

Weekend total:
1684, 469 deleted, total shutter actuations therefore 2153

Of which:
32 (favourite 6 from each bout) were posted to Flickr (1.90% of total kept, 1.48% of total shutter actuations, all posted Monday 11th)
977 Bout photos + 116 other (Refs/NSOs/Announcers/Crowd shots, etc) posted to Facebook in 8 Albums (Most on Monday 11th, the rest mornong of Tuesday 12th)
(64.9% of kept images, 50.76% of all taken)

Data gained from EXIF info on raw images.

For the record, My Nikon D700 has now clocked 50,389 shutter actuations since I first bought it on 18/01/2009, i.e. 814 days, or 2 years, 2 months and 25 days ago. That’s an average of 61.9 images/day!

NB: There’s probably some rather gross inconsistencies, as I’ve knocked this up without checking it properly, so if you see any, please let me know. Feedback is appreciated if you find this useful, feel free to ask questions.

A Christmas Quarrel


…Which is rather more interesting than your usual family arguments – yes, it’s the London Roller Girls at it again, the Steam Rollers taking on the Suffra Jets in a tense and fast bout.

Not exactly easy to get good shots of the action – at f1.8 these still had to be shot at 1600ISO and above. And there’s not quite enough range on the nifty fifty to get all round the track. Oh well, just looks like I’ve got to fork out for a 105mm VR macro. But it’s a recession guv, I can’t afford that!
And it only manages f2.8 (“Only”. He says!)

Anyway, a good time was had by all the bods from the London Flickr meetup group, and doubtles we’ll be going again. (That’s CdL Creative’s arm you to can see on the right of the pic above!)


A few rather spectacular spills and leaps, too, lovingly captured in glorious soft blur-o-rama. I need a D3, hint, hint!

I’m just glad I was only taking the photos!

Still, the crowd did get a few of the Rollergirls in their laps…and they had to pay for the privilage, too. Ouch!
(And guess who’s arm is in the picture again…*cough*.


Next bout: February.
I shall be there again if I can.


if only to see the sweet and friendly ladies on the track 😉


Crawl Of The Dead V


Ah, it’s time for the Flesh Eating Zombie Bastards to make another appearance, to terrorize the streets of London with the blood-curdling cry of “brrraaaaiiinnnssssss!”

Oh hang on, it’s bloody pissing down out there, shall we have another pint before venturing out…don’t mind if I do…

Here, the rain’s abated, let’s go!

And how far did they lurch before it absolutely shat it down again? About 300 yards.

Your intrepid zombie paparazzi stayed with them until they left the Tate Modern,


and then went home to drip dry.

Damn good job the D300’s well weather sealed.

I wasn’t.

Squelch.

Grrrrr….

Seizure(s)



Another day, another bit of art…it’s a hard life to keep up with all this culture you know…

Still this one was the first piece of art that I’ve had to queue for half an hour to get wellies for!

And was it worth it?

Well, it’s quite fascinating, but very small, only a couple of small rooms but it does have quite an atmosphere to it…and it’s very blue, to boot.


Umpteen liters of Copper sulphate and a small flat.

I wonder what Michelangelo would have thought?

And as a bonus, here’s a nice lady dressed as a lobster

(In Trafalger Square, for save the Children. Yes, I wondered too…)

Nightmare


More or less exactly how the recent weeks have been. Run off feet, too much to do and way too little time to do it, and precious little leisure time too.

Although moments like this make up for it…this iron horse was great, comedy and action combined. Paradise Gardens was a great laugh, a day of fun amongst the rush.

Now things are stating to calm down a bit, I might actually start posting here again…

March Mayhem


Saturday was a day of rain, long bus rides and aching feet. And to and from Tottenham to boot. But this was a surprisingly good thing, as I had a great time at the Riots of Spring – The delectable London Rollergirls taking on their firebreathing counterparts from the Glasgow Rollergirls in Roller Derby action. First Interleague bout, so I’m told.

If you’ve never seen this before (and I certainly hadn’t), you should go along to the next bout and join in the fun. You can sit right by the track – and run the risk of being adorned with a RollerGirl in your lap. It’s a privilege, apparantly, as are the bruises you gain and teeth you loose in the process. But look on the bright side, you’ll get a view you’ll never forget :)

And there were more sights than to see too! Who could resist being sold cakes by a vendoress like the one on the right? (I certainly couldn’t, so sod the diet!). Beer (although no bitter, to my consternation), music, and a raffle all came as part of the show. And a post-game piss up which I was unfortunately unable to attend.

There were masses of points scored by London (Although to be fair it was Glasgow’s first competitive bout, so due credit for effort), a fair amount of spills – none causing serious injury this time (except Jaci Dodger from Glasgow who was skating with a dislocated shoulder all evening, having sustained that in the opening minutes – a truly hardcore performance. I’ve had one of those, and it bloody hurts)

All in all, a good evening’s entertainment.
Final score: London Brawling 163, Irn Bruisers 31. Home win!

Next bout has a tentative date of June 7th, why not go along and support your local Dames on skates.

Just remember to duck if you’re at the front.

One more pic from me Here. And 4 more from Mark A Here too. Go take a look.