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Got this as the play started and was broken up

Brand:Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:14 Sep 2010 - 4:57 PM
Focal Length:280mm
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1600
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Title:Stopping the run
Username:Paully33 Paully33
Uploaded:10 Aug 2011 - 4:47 AM
Tags:Sports / action
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danh
danh  461 forum posts United Kingdom36 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 8:46 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Nice effort but I find football is better-shot in portrait orientation - it saves cutting off the players' feet. You've missed the action here too, I think. I think we're looking at the linebackers looking to close the run down, as no. 70 (probably the right DE) seals the edge, rather than the area of activity where the running back would be. I'm guessing the RB was tackled in the backfield, seeing as he's not right 'on the shoulder' of the FB. You might also be better shooting from a lower angle so as to better-capture the faces of the players - the guy being blocked by the FB (no.43) might have had more of his face visible if you'd been kneeling to capture this shot.

Also, if your exif data is correct, you've used a programme mode which will limit what you can achieve. Try to learn more about using manual settings and aperture-priority exposures. This game would be really difficult to shoot in programme modes (and in aperture-priority to some extent) because a team playing in all black against a team in mostly white will really mess up your camera's internal exposure meter, depending on who's in the frame. Football has that as a threat to image quality nearly all the time.

Looking forward to seeing a bit more of your football work. Smile

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CathR
CathR  7139 forum posts United Kingdom563 Constructive Critique Points
10 Aug 2011 - 9:36 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Admittedly I don't know much about American football but it is difficult for me to read this shot and understand what is happening. It just looks like a jumble of people. It's not at all easy with any type of sport shot where things are happening quickly but you have to use your knowledge of the game to anticipate what will happen and be on the look out for compositions which have some structure to them. The shot of your son from the back had a clear composition - much better - but this kind of shot doesn't convey much to me. It's definitely not easy and it is a case of taking lots of shots to get the keepers.

Best wishes

Catherine

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Jestertheclown
10 Aug 2011 - 11:03 PM

I think Frank makes a good point here.
Concentratring on groups of only a few people, or only one, depending on the circumstances will yield much better results.
And mind their feet!

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