What an absolutelely frustrating and valuable learning experiance this was...
I spent most of the first 2 hours trying every setting I could possibly think of with this Nikon D40. Lenses are both VR (55-200 f/4.5, 70-300 f/4.5).
Typically this is the result for most of the shots:
I finally settled in with these settings: iso 1600, exposure value -1.3 to prevent blow-out.
The lighting was a constant flashing back and forth round and round, VERY frustrating.
These are a couple of the better ones:
The competition was for 1st thru 8th grade, with several skill classes. These kids were amazing... I couldn't flop on the ground or roll over when I was that age.
I can't wait to try this again!
Next time I will have tripod and hopefully a faster piece of glass!
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me!