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I went back to the cricket on Saturday and tried to capture some 'emotions' rather than action.
As always, your thoughts are welcome
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A great series of captures Al, No6 is my favourite,says everthing.
An interesting series of images and tremendous expressions. Too many to give individual comment, but two points come over in more than one image.
Your exposures are variable - some are correct, some a bit over and some a bit under.
Backgrounds, difficult I know, but in a couple of cases the background is very prominent pulling the eye from the admittedly sharp subject.
Thanks for the comments. I took on board the comments last week re the previous cricket shots and shot wide open. However as before with the bi lens at 500mm (on the D300s mostly) that is F6.3. With the 70-200 plus t/c that is f4. I did take some at F2.8 without the t/c and to be honest I wasn't getting much more b/g blur than at F4, so I went with the extra pulling power to capture more detail.
Re the exposures you're probably right. It was a cloudy day and the light was changing all the time so it wasn't consistent.
I'm told that's nearly the end of the cricket season so that's it for cricket for me for this year I'll have a look at the shots again and maybe spend a lot more time with the best of them and post it again further down the line (just a single shot) for more detailed comment.
Speedway this afternoon though. I'm a lot happier with what I'm doing there.
Hope you all have a successful photographic weekend
Of course, unless the emotion is `boredom', emotion and action tend to happen at the same time. Some quick comments...
#1 Needs cropping to focus in on the action. About half of the space on the left can go — nothing's happening there. It would also remove the strangeness that I can't understand how the other set of stumps isn't in the frame.
#2 Superb, though his left leg (right as we look at it) appears a little over-exposed.
#3 Over-exposed and could probably do with more blur on the background. You don't give any camera settings but you need a wider aperture, here.
#4 Over-exposed and needs a little rotation. Other than that, a good shot.
#5 My favourite, though it would be nice to see his feet, too.
#6 Super timing (yours, not his) and a great look of `Oh. That's blown it.' I've not looked at the histogram but this looks a little under-exposed — the whites don't look very white.
White clothes in bright sunlight require careful metering. If your camera has a spot meter, meter on the cricket whites and dial in enough positive exposure compensation that they come out white rather than grey. If you don't have a spot meter, you probably need to dial in some negative exposure compensation to avoid the whites being blown out when the sun shines. That may result in some under-exposure when the sun is behind a cloud but that can be dealt with by a levels adjustment, as seems to be needed in #6. (You could try to remove the exposure compensation when the light's less bright but there's a good chance you'll forget to put it back when it gets bright again. Slight under-exposure is less of a problem than slight over-exposure, since it can be corrected in software without introducing any significant noise or other problems.)
By the way, when posting to the critique gallery, please include your camera settings and what camera you were using! It's hard to give advice on how to improve if we don't even know what tools you're using.
Thank you for the comments. I can't argue with any of the crit. i was reasonably happy with the results and am sure that with practice I'll improve my cricket technique. I will post a shot tonight from my normal area with a full list of camera settings etc to allow better advice.
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