I did it. I mounted my first backboard remote camera (see above photo for the result).
I shot the California Sea Kings massive domination over the Modesto Explosion 121-82. The last 30 seconds of the game was just a blur of Sea King steals and quick dunks.
For my remote camera, I arrived two hours prior to the game and with the assistance of a janitor, I used a ladder to mount my Nikon D300 using a super clamp, which are damn near indestructible for camera support (see below photo). I I shot a 14mm f/2.8 on the glass camera, which is a 21mm on the 1.5 crop sensor cameras and shot a vertical image. I kept about 40 photos, from an original pool of nearly 800.
Next game, I'm going to try a horizontal backboard remote on the other basket.
When shooting, I often get the comment, "Wow, you much shoot a lot of photos."
The answer is yes, I do shoot A LOT of photos. I did some calculations via the crazy applications available in digital photography.
I have three camera bodies, the above photo was my first professional camera body: full-body, extremely built well and felt like a camera should feel. It's now slated purely for remote use. I bought it with a replaced shutter and I shot all the photos on it.
My main body is a Nikon D700 and my second body is a Nikon D300. The D300 performs nearly as good as my main body, though not as great in low light. I bought it used, but it had only about 2,000 photos on it.
So here are the numbers.
D700 (bought Dec. 2008) - 80,433
D300 (bought Aug. 2009) - 11,458
D2H (bought Jan 2008) - 57,742
I didn't use my D2H much this past year, but probably put 3,000 on it so here's my estimate.
Total Photo Estimate in 2009: 92,000
The D300/D700 shutters are rated for 150,000, while the full pro cameras are rated for 300,000. I just read about someone's D3 exceeding 600,000 before it died. Let's see how mine do...
I also shoot pretty conservatively and will continue to lower my photo count, so we'll see how I do by the end of next year.
Nic Coury is a professional photographer based in Monterey, California. He specializes in unique portraiture with a journalist style in both digital and film media. He can travel throughout California and the west for clients. He works currently as the staff photographer for the Monterey County Weekly.