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Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-5 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:16 Jun 2012 - 2:56 PM
Focal Length:260mm
Aperture:f/10.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Middle Stump
Username:AndysShots AndysShots
Uploaded:16 Jul 2012 - 8:03 PM
Tags:Cricket. Sports. Action. People.
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luckybry
luckybry e2 Member 5luckybry vcard Scotland
16 Jul 2012 - 8:10 PM

howzat

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 8:28 PM

Great action captured.
Matt

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Franko59
Franko59  3 England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2012 - 8:30 PM

perfect timing!Smile,,,,regards Ian

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Zydeco_Joe
16 Jul 2012 - 8:54 PM

Great capture.

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John_Frid
John_Frid  8514 forum posts United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
17 Jul 2012 - 11:43 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Great timing to get this shot.

Some pointers to help do even better next time....

1. A faster shutter speed will remove blur ... both in terms of the speed of the action and camera shake. You could use a slightly larger aperture (say f8 or even f5.6 ... but watch the depth of field) or even up the iso. I would be looking for nearer 1/500th of a second or even 1/1000th if possible.

2. Mount the camera on a tripod (this helps eliminates camera shake) and use a cable release (allows you to watch the bigger picture and get the timing right). Cricket is a sport where tripod mounting works well as the key points are often fairly fixed ( i.e. batsman, bowler, wicket keeper)

3. Carefully check your exposure - in this shot I think your camera has been fooled into overexposure due to the dark background. Try metering off the players face (or use the back of your own hand - in the same light) to get it right. The background may be underexposed, but that isn't so important.

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danh
danh  461 forum posts United Kingdom36 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jul 2012 - 1:50 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

I'd shoot in manual settings, with aperture wide-open and at least 1/800th of a second shutter speed. Manipulate the ISO to achieve the right exposure for those settings.

This looks as though you've pre-focused on the stumps which, to me, takes away from the shot because it should be the batsman who's in focus here and unfortunately he doesn't seem to be.

If all you're after is the batsman then go for a tripod but if you want to be able to direct your lens to anything and everything on the pitch, at short notice, avoid it like the plague. With a 75-300mm zoom you should be able to hand hold and keep your options open.

Perfect timing though. Smile

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AndysShots
18 Jul 2012 - 4:36 PM

noted, many thanks.

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