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So I started out my sports photography gig by shooting the local baseball league upon request of the league's committee.
So here is one that I really like the shot, but I think I messed up. I know this one has flaws so I just want too see if I am correct at what I did wrong.

Brand:Canon
Lens:EF75-300mm f/4-5.6@140mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2011 - 6:44 PM
Focal Length:140mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.8
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/4000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:3200
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Title:At Bat
Username:Paully33 Paully33
Uploaded:3 Aug 2011 - 3:49 PM
Tags:Baseball, Sports / action
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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103999 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
3 Aug 2011 - 4:02 PM

just needed a slightly wider angle to get more of the catcher? Smile

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Paully33
Paully33  2 United States
3 Aug 2011 - 4:10 PM

That is one aspect I did not think of, thank you! I am getting a wide angle here in the next week or so before football season starts

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danh  461 forum posts United Kingdom36 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2011 - 12:35 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I'd prefer to see a tighter crop and just isolate the batter in the frame, preferably by zooming in (in the future), rather than cropping the image down. If you do this, shoot in portrait mode rather than by cutting his feet off in landscape. It will get rid of the distractions in the background. Mind you, if you're cropped tightly in then landscape will fit the swing of the bat a lot better.

Your horizon is slightly off-level but that's easy to correct.

If your exif is correct, you've caused rather too much noise in the image by shooting at ISO3200. Dropping to ISO800 would still have given you 1/1000th shutter speed which, while often a little slow depending on the speed of the ball and bat, would have given you less grain.

I also would have shot from a much lower perspective. You look as though you were standing for this shot. Shooting from your knees might have given you a better view of the batter's face.

That said, for a 'first-effort' this is top-notch. Can you post some football when you shoot it? There isn't enough 'proper football' on this site - too much of that 'soccer' rubbish. Tongue

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pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
4 Aug 2011 - 9:32 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I wonder if any of these are the things you think you did wrong:-
The player on the left needs to either be fully inside the frame, or not there at all.
If you had waited for the ball to be closer to the bat, you could have moved your camera more to the left.
The white trousers are touching on being burnt out in parts.
The spectators are a distraction, but I'm not sure if there was another pov you could have adopted. At least you have the batter against background grass....just.
I don't think you need the sky, it's just another distraction. More of the foreground would be better.
Pamela.

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Paully33
Paully33  2 United States
5 Aug 2011 - 6:57 PM

Yes I noticed that after the shot that my ISO way to high. I was really mad at myself allot good shots but have a bunch of noise I have to clean out before I give out to parents and coaches. Makes me frustrated when I[ really try to cover my bases (no pun intended) and go over my steps mentally and I miss that.

I like the idea of shooting from a lower perspective. I wil be doing more of that when football starts. So that will mean getting camera off monopod allot more. I have to make a pitch to the parents about my little side job of this and getting them good "in-action" shots rather than the mondane team and indiviual pics the schools offer. So all of this is REALLY helping me!

I found with baseball ( at least here in my town) I am limited as to where I can be w/o upsetting coaches and players. Avoiding background distractions is really hard but I am definately working on that aspect to make the pictures more cleaner and focus on subject.

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