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My first try at some sports shots with my new lens.
We were visiting relatives in Colchester at the weekend and the Colchester cricket ground is just opposite their house so these shots were in the evening light and are of Colchester batting against Loughton.
All comments very welcome.
Thanks for looking.
Jason

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Sigma 120.0-400.0 mm f/4.5-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:11 Jun 2011 - 6:29 PM
Focal Length:400mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.7
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:No Flash
Title:The Great Game
Username:jasonrwl jasonrwl
Uploaded:13 Jun 2011 - 8:33 PM
Tags:Colchester, Cricket, Loughton, Sports / action
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Pelican_Art
13 Jun 2011 - 10:23 PM

Nice repertoire - v10 for me. I think it was the colour that stole it Grin

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PhillipMinnis
14 Jun 2011 - 5:02 AM

An excellent reportage set of images, Jason! Images no.1 and no.11 are my favourites! Very well captured action images!


Cheers

Phil

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2011 - 9:08 AM

An excellent action reportage set - v1 is a cracker

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danh
danh  461 forum posts United Kingdom36 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2011 - 10:30 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

A good set, with good settings used to achieve them. For me the only comment I can add is to change your perspective sometimes. While you've caught the action well, there aren't many shots where the batsman's face is clearly visible. If you shoot from behind the wicket (slightly to the side, naturally) you can catch both the batsman and the bowler head-on (when overs cause a change of ends, of course).

Also, while I can see you've used the full range of your 400mm, it might be worth investing in a converter, or seeing whether the wicket is off-set to one side of the field or other, and trying to shoot from the shortest boundary, to allow the players to be that little bit nearer to you. If some of these shots filled the frame they'd be even more eye-catching. I appreciate there are differences of opinion about whether you need to show fielders and stumps to create context but if it's clearly a game of cricket, clearly a batsman, and a ball is clearly in the frame, what more context is required?

If you manage to get closer to the action, try shooting in portrait orientation so that the human form you're capturing better fits the frame of the image and you don't keep cutting players' feet off. Also, beware of aperture priority if you get closer-in to the action because the white clothing can cause the rest of your image to be underexposed and you'll lose some facial detail.

Thanks for sharing. Smile

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davey_griffo
14 Jun 2011 - 12:29 PM

Nice set Jason. I actually quite liked them as they are. It depends on what you want to do. As record of the game, they're fine. If the newspapers want an image of a particular player, then Dan is probably right.

I'd be happy with them as they are, myself.

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Len1950
Len1950 e2 Member 4Len1950 vcard England
14 Jun 2011 - 1:29 PM

Cracking set Jason and very well timed.

Len

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 4137 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2011 - 7:17 PM

Thank you everyone and particularly to Dan for the thoughtful comments - very much appreciated.
Jason

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NeilWigan
NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2011 - 8:17 PM

Good set ,great lines in v1.

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