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Strobing basketball: Cruces hosts Alamo


Gilbert Sigala brings the ball down the court


A Profoto strobe with the “Magnum” reflector for max light output.

The Las Cruces-Alamogordo match-up is only the second boys basketball game I’ve had time to shoot during the 2012-2013 season. I’ve been setting up my studio strobes to shoot at the Las Cruces High School gym, and am very pleased with the results.

The gym’s layout lends itself perfectly to the setup; with a strobe on either side of the basket and a third about halfway down the court (all on the upper deck), I’m pushing close to 2,000 Ws (watt seconds) of light into the gym–the equivalent of about 20 speed lights. Since they’re so bright, I have to bounce the light off the gym ceiling, which gives a better quality of light than pointing them directly onto the court.

The only downside? Outlets are far, and few between, so I have to run heavy duty extension cables to my power-hungry strobes. I’m also a little worried I might bring down the electric circuit in the gym (if you’ve been in there lately, you’d understand!)

Much thanks to the administration and coaches, especially Bobby Campos, at Las Cruces High, who have been very receptive to the use of the strobes.


Cruces; Oñate advance to next round

Mando Marshall goes up for the slam

The 2011 basketball season ended for me after the high-flying Las Cruces Bulldawgs and equally explosive Oñate Knights both advanced to the Elite 8 in the New Mexico basketball tournament.

Las Cruces, the #6 seed, played a tough Highlands team and lost an 11 point lead, narrowly coming out ahead by two, 52-50. The highlights of the game for me were the three dunks Mando Marshall had off the fast break. The shots would have been much better if I had been positioned on the other side of the court, but the glare from the light coming in through the north-west side of the gym would have ruined the shot from the floor.

Oñate, the #1 seed didn’t skip a beat against #16 Hobbs. The Knights had a comfortable lead for much of the game, finishing 61-51. As always, there was alot of excitement and hang time to be found, much of it courtesy of Tim Jacobs and Terell De Rouen.

Las Cruces hosts Highlands gallery

Oñate hosts Hobbs gallery


Good luck to both teams, as they progress to the next round of the state tournament.