In The Dark Pit - Amateur MMA (Image Heavy)

Feb 6, 2015
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
Covered some amateur mixed martial arts event at the Arnold Sports Festival 2020.

This was probably some of the worst lighting I've ever shot in. Just a few can lights strung across the top of the ceiling and the house lights basically non-existent.
I tried shooting at ISO3200, but I could not get a sufficient shutter speed, even at f/2.8. D500 had no issues auto focusing, but I was a little worried about the Z6. I had upgrades the firmware to 3.0, but did not have a chance to test it out as thoroughly as I would have liked. Happily, the Z6 did very well both in auto focus and handling the high ISO of 6400 and 12,800.

I decided to convert the images to monochrome. I used the DxO Filmpack5 software and the Kodak T-Max 3200 film simulation.

Please enjoy!
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Feb 6, 2015
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
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Feb 6, 2015
Central Ohio, USA
Andrew
Nice work. I've shot some amateur mma years ago. The lighting is never great. Did they have a platform for you to stand on at the side of the cage? Or did you have get these through the fence?
there are usually platforms on either side of the ring, but they were broadcasting a pay per view that night so I didn’t have access.

I was shooting from the floor through the fence. Luckily, I brought my knee pads!
I was able to shoot through the open cage door between matches and rounds.

I talked with the referee before the match and let him know that when the decision was announced to have the fighters face my direction.
 

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