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ISO 800, Shutte speed 1/640, at 400mm, very poor light, but that is the best i could get.
Cropped and applied lens blur tool in photoshop.

Camera:Nikon D40x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 120-400mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Abt to ball
Username:docfarhan docfarhan
Uploaded:12 Jun 2009 - 11:28 AM
Tags:Sports / action
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chensuriashi
chensuriashi e2 Member 8136 forum postschensuriashi vcard England17 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2009 - 1:00 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a long way out, and an an attempt at a manual shot was a good try, but not a flattering shot that he would like to keep.
I think that ISO 400 would have got a more toned look of the bowler in his Cricket Kit, and made more of the pitch, of course it is too bright white.
I dont think that any blur in needed here. Perhaps sports mode would have got a better shot with a lens hood, and obtained a natural blur to boot, I wonder if you took any others to place next to this to compare. Chen.

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
12 Jun 2009 - 4:22 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A tricky shot Farhan with a player all in white and moving as well. You have captured well the sense of intense concentration on his face.

I don't think the blurring you have applied in Photoshop has been too successful in that you have the ground more or less in focus and the suddenly lots of blur which looks unnatural. I am sure you are right to want to blur the background but you should be able to do it reasonably well in camera. You need to use a large aperture, possibly something like 5.6 which will give you a shallow depth of field if you are using a long telephoto lens. A wide aperture may enable you to bump up the shutter speed to get the figure absolutely sharp and crisp.

With this type of shot I would use AI servo and set the camera so you can take a burst of shots. You can then follow through the whole action and get a selection of shots from which to pick the best.

Best wishes

Catherine

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glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2009 - 3:40 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I think you got enough of the shot as there is detail, the problem I see is that the shot is too bright, not sure if this is from you processing in an editor or the way the shot is taken. I would suggest that you may have been able to drop the ISO to 600 and settle for a shutter speed of 500 and you would have been on the money. The problem is shooting out at the far end of the 400mm regardless of conditions you will be prone to camera shake which will result in camera blur. Another thing you might try next time is taking a bracketed shot and set the stop + and - 1, set bracket to 3 shots. This way you stand a good chance of getting the exposure right. Not sure how many frames per second the D40 is capable of, but would set it to as high as possible.

Editing the shot there is a lot that can be done, did a quick mod to give example. Like I said all the elements of the shot are there and its just a simple matter of bringing out the details. If you shot this in RAW mode then most of the recovery could be taken care of in the RAW editor.

Greg

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