Today starts the real craziness of the high school basketball season for our newspaper. Being on the border of New Mexico and Arizona we end up covering the sports teams and championship games for two states. I'm spending the week in Flagstaff, Arizona covering a variety of teams from the 3A-North region (Navajo Reservation) of the State.
This year I was instructed that using on-camera flash would not be allowed. So that left me the task of cranking up my Nikon D2H cameras to ISO 1600. The increase in sensitivity means a lot of digital "noise" in the photos. In the past, Noise Ninja was my main software solution for dealing with the noise issues. Today I discovered a different Photoshop plug-in called Noiseware Professional. The software saved the day, doing a much better job, and being far more aggressive at tackling noise in the photos. I believed that using a Nikon D2H camera above 800 ISO to be pointless. Now with this plug-in I am willing to at least make the attempt.
Monument Valley Mustang Bryon Davis (2) maneuvers betweens Maricopa High School's Jewuan Crosby (44) and Kendal Morris (20) to make a lay-up Monday evening during the 3A basketball tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz. Monument Valley defeated Maricopa 74-60 and advance to the next round in the play-offs.
Monument Valley Mustang Ryan Young (12) is bumped from behind by Maricopa High School's Cullen Teller (4) while taking a shot at the basket.
Monument Valley Mustang Josephe Seaton (10) aims for the basket while playing against Maricopa High School in the boys 3A high school basketball tournament.
Ganado Lady Hornet Jasmine Taliman (30) is fouled by Chinle Lady Wildcat Nicole Tsosie (52) during the 3A North basketball tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Ganado Lady Hornets defeated the Chinle Lady Wildcats 58-45.
Ganado Lady Hornet Leander Lynch (10) moves in front of Chinle Lady Wildcat Courtney Norberto (12) to score a basket Monday afternoon during the girls 3A State basketball tournament in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Ganado Lady Hornet Jasmine Taliman (30) runs past Chinle Lady Wildcat Nicholetta Tsosie (42) during Monday's 3A girls basketball play-offs.
Window Rock Lady Scout Vanissah Burnside (24) pushes her way around Payson High's Jenna Robertson (44) Monday evening during the 3A basketball tournament at the NAU Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Lady Scouts won 76-60.
Window Rock Lady Scout Natania Hatathlie (31) puts the ball into the air as she tries to score Monday evening during the 3A basketball tournament.
Tuba City Warrior Maurice Brown (34) falls backward Monday after fouling Chinle Wildcat Stanley Tsosie (23) aims for the basket during the 3A high school basketball tournament at the Nau Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Wildcats beat the Warriors 71-57.
Tuba City Warrior Kellen Bennett (30) leaps in front of Cinle Wildact Lyle Tsosie (32) as he tries to keep him from passing the ball Monday night during the 3A basketball tournament at the NAU Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz. The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 71-60.