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UD women’s volleyball: August & September

The red team huddles together before a point during the annual Red-Blue scrimmage, Aug. 18, 2012, in the Frericks Center.

Here are a few favorites from the University of Dayton women’s volleyball team’s games from late August through mid-September at the Frericks Center.

Photo nerd note: Exposure is around 1/500th at f/2.8 at ISO 4000. To top it off, the lights cycle which makes for even more fun frame-to-frame. To overcome the technical challenges, on my Nikon D300s, I shoot with a 70-200mm almost exclusively. I shoot in manual always staying at f/2.8. I activate auto-ISO with a limit of 3200 which is way higher than I’d like, but there’s no getting around it considering how dark the building is. With those set, as the play develops and where it’s happening, I scroll through shutter speeds from 1/160-1/500th. I dial in a custom WB of around 3230K and shoot RAW (as usual) to deal with the WB shifts. There are few angles with clean backgrounds that allow me to get faces and expression without distractions in the BG. Needless to say, it’s a very challenging place to make pictures.

Volleyball-wise, it’s a great environment. The Red Scare is loud and energetic, and it’s a cozy place overall. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt to be ranked in the top-20 either.

The University of Dayton volleyball team reacts after winning match point during a game against No. 7 University of Illinois during the Flyer Classic, Aug. 24, 2012, at the Frericks Center, in Dayton, Ohio.

The University of Dayton volleyball team reacts after winning match point during a game against No. 7 University of Illinois during the Flyer Classic, Aug. 24, 2012, at the Frericks Center, in Dayton, Ohio.

From left, University of Dayton players Shayne Brown, Isolde Hannan and Alaina Turner put up a triple block against an attack from Pepperdine University's Jazmine Orozco during an NCAA volleyball game, Aug. 25, 2012, at the Frericks Center, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won the match in four sets.

Rachel Krabacher, UD volleyball

UD volleyball, Dayton Flyers volleyball

Rachel Krabacher, Jenna Jendryk

Dayton Flyers volleyball huddle

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