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By Bigpoolman
Taken using a monopod to aid stability. Auto ISO on manual aperture and shutter speed.
Basic editing in LR but not sharpened etc in PS as yet.

Comments very welcome as always.



Tags: Cricket Summer Sports and action 2017 T20Finals

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
6 Aug 2017 11:11PM
Looks very good to me. Very good timing.

A little underexposed, and when a little brighter, using a white balance thats closer to daylight look nice. Love the expression on the wicket keepers face.


6 Aug 2017 11:35PM
I too love the expression on the Wicket Keepers face. Good timing
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 8:00AM
Very well done! The decisive moment...

In terms of reportage, a record of the match, this obviously needs the batsman. But in terms of human interest this is all about the wicket keeper, and the batsman distracts attention from the real story. So I have uploaded a crop.

I lightened a bit, and also got rid of the white triangle. I don't know what it is (I thought for a moment you had added an arrow to show where the ball ought to go), but I find it really annoying!
7 Aug 2017 9:20AM
Thanks all.

It always fascinates me how we notice something different about a photo, in particular why I can't see whats in front of my face.

It was the decisive moment, in that it was our key batsman getting out, when he needed a big innings to chase down a challenging total, and what I first noticed was the disappointment on his face when he knew the ball had bowled him. I have uploaded the previous image in the sequence as a mod but treated it the same way as Moira has above. The wicket keeper expression is maybe (?) not as good although it does show the ball striking the wicket more.

The white triangle is a boundary marker which, now that I can see it (see comment above), I have also removed.

Interested in your views, one question 'I find the background a little cluttered but have no idea what I could have done differently to reduce its impact as I had the aperture about as large as I dared to get the action area sharp'


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
7 Aug 2017 9:48AM
Definitely a masterpiece of timing (or very lucky)... A couple of thoughts.

Nobody has mentioned the slight tilt that I see here. Probably only half a degree, but the verticals behind look a fraction tilted to the right.

Could you have doen anything about the background? Of course you could, in theory.

Wider aperture and perfect technique, of course. Possibly combined with some luck. That would defocus the detail.

Change position. This may be easier said than done.

Offer to plan and maintain a hedge?

The reality is that you want perfection to show off the action, and the real world doesn't cooperate! For really big events, I think the organisers put time and money into providing the best background (and advertisers spend more on spoiling it). For club events, or wrestling at the local village hall, yuo're stuck with what there is, as are the athletes (having shot pictures of wrestling at a local Labour Club on Friday, I am very much aware that a low ceiling presents a problem: none of the high-flying stuff was happening, as standing on the ropes in a corner would have put the wresteler's head 18 inches through the suspended ceiling...)

Others, with actual practical experience of cricket pictures, may have some better ideas...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2017 11:40AM

Quote:one question 'I find the background a little cluttered but have no idea what I could have done differently to reduce its impact as I had the aperture about as large as I dared to get the action area sharp'

Real life is deeply imperfect, with reportage photography we have to take what we get! The first priority is the angle on the player. The background come as part of the deal. You did the important thing, in focusing carefully on the players, throwing the background out of focus. There's a very nice distinction between the two planes here.

I have photographed a number of sports but not cricket, I was wondering how I would tackle this. I would at least try out prefocusing on the wicket here I think, on the assumption that both batsman and wicket keeper will be in the same plane. Probably aim for F8 and 1/500 second or faster, because I'm cautious.

For reportage, I am happy to clone out anything that I or someone else could have physically moved away. Slightly reducing saturation on obtrusively bright items (those blue dustbins for example) will also help. You can tone down bright highlights, reflections and so on.

But beyond that, you just have to accept that real life ain't a studio...
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2017 3:32PM
You have actually done very well with the main subject but the background does nothing for the final image. It is very messy. When considering depth of field, remember relative distances. You could have tried wide open here as all the action is in a fairly tight plane and you would probably have got away with it better. As we have said before, though, these long zoos rarely are at there best wide open.

however, even a couple of stops wider is going to leave quite a bit of confusing background and it is going to be difficult to deal with. You could try selecting the figures, then blurring the background but it so often looks contrived.

This is why the sports pros have wide aperture long lenses of good enough quality to use wide open. 300 f2.8 and 500 f4. Got a spare 8000?

9 Aug 2017 8:41AM
Thanks all, helpful suggestions and comment. Quite pleased that I did work out some of them beforehand (and by a practice at the game on the day before the finals). I also tried to straighten the image in LR and as John points out , nearly accomplished it!

As you say Moira, you are limited by real life and shooting positions at this game were a little more limited than usual. As for kit - well at 8k for a new lens Paul, think I might have to go for John's suggestion of offering to plant a hedge to improve the background. I thought that golf and cycling provided ample opportunity to spend cash but photography takes it to a whole new level....



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