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Fast bowler

By Bigpoolman
I wanted to capture the aggression of the opening bowler.

Minimal editing in LR and PS.

Manual aperture and shutter speed with auto ISO.

Views very welcome

thanks

Tim

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
28 Aug 2017 10:20PM
I've seen some of the current Test Match on TV while at a brother-in-law's house: that's given me an idea of how fast things move, so I am impressed that you caught him between run-up and the cry of 'Owzat!'

There's something going on, but i am not sure how obvious the bowling action is to a non-cricketer (like me). The perfect moment would be with the ball leaving the bowler's hand. A big, big ask.

The expression is perfect.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
28 Aug 2017 10:21PM
Good action shot. Youve got that expression just as you wanted.

Mod is a little brighter, white balance tweaked, and a little noise reduction; I assume you cropped quite a bit?

Looks like a great big spider on his left arm!


W
28 Aug 2017 10:24PM
Willie

how do you do the noise reduction? I can do the rest but...

Tim
djh698 17 6.3k 6 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2017 3:29AM
quite the expression captured
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
29 Aug 2017 4:52PM
Well you've captured the intensity on the bowler's face very well, so you've achieved what you set out to.

John's suggestion about seeing the ball just leaving the bowler's hand is great but not easy. Having his right arm above his head anticipating that release is another option though not that much 'easier'.

I know you've mentioned why you use -2/3 EV befor but you don't really need it as the white gear will mean the camera reduces exposure anyway. Also, the grass is an ideal midtone from which to take an exposure reading from. It just reduces the need to lift the image in post processing though you've got no worries with noise with your camera.
29 Aug 2017 5:51PM
Thanks all.

I have uploaded another couple of examples as mods where I get the ball leaving the bowlers hand. I like the suggestion of capturing it with the arm above the head, I'll give that a try next weekend as I don't seem to have any of those.

Depending on the bowler, its not always easy capturing the intensity of expression when the ball has been released as the head can turn away with the follow through, however sounds like a challenge...

Interested in any further comments and also which shot you prefer.

cheers

Tim

ps thanks for the comment re exposure Keith, bit of a standard setting for me for nature shots so I need to remember I am shooting cricket! vary
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
29 Aug 2017 6:26PM
Good to see the other shots Tim.
All things considered and said above, I still prefer the lead image, the expression has it all and you'll need to go a long way to get much better.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
29 Aug 2017 6:38PM
I realise this may be a moot point, but with Manual exposure, an EC of -2/3 has no effect. Unless you dialled in that -2/3 on the meter.



W
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
29 Aug 2017 7:27PM
V3 really shows the effort the bowler put in!
29 Aug 2017 7:47PM
Willie

I think the theory with the 'manual' exposure is that I set the speed and aperture manually with auto ISO. However this camera (maybe all cameras) lets you then set an exposure reduction (in my case -2/3) which protects against blown highlights in case the camera's exposure calculation is not quite right. That, I think, makes sense and I use for nature shots but as Keith points out its not really necessary for cricket. So its manual exposure but not quite as the ISO is automatic. Hmmm well thats as I understand it............

cheers

Tim
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
29 Aug 2017 8:44PM
That's how I understand Auto ISO to work too Tim. It is an Auto mode as the camera is controlling one of the exposure variables, so the Exposure Compensation should still work. If ISO was fixed and you were in Manual exposure mode then applying Exposure Compensation wouldn't be of any use

One way to find out, set your camera on a tripod at a scene, preferably where the light is constnt so something like the lounge with the room lights on. Set Manual exposure, say f/8 and 1/8 second. Auto ISO, then take shots varying the Exposure Compensation.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
30 Aug 2017 8:12AM
I have never knowingly tried auto ISO, but I reckon that shooting RAW and working on highlights may give an overall better effect than pulling hte exposure down, particularly in terms of shadow quality.

At one time, I set permanent minus two thirds exposure compensation, shot only JPG, and used the camera's contrast compensation, then bolstering exposure and contrast in processing. I stopped when given straight feedback about shadow quality...

Willie can say more than I can, from far greater knowledge.
30 Aug 2017 8:36AM
Interesting to see what other views there are.

From my very limited knowledge, you can do a lot with RAW, which I always use, but if your highlights are clipped then there is no data to pull back and its to avoid that situation that the exp comp is helpful even in semi-manual. If its landscape then not generally an issue as you check the histogram and retake the shot but if its nature, the bird may have flown, literally. That, I think, is how it was explained to me at a talk I attended.

cheers Tim


dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
30 Aug 2017 10:01AM
Willie's the technical expert, Tim - he started me on the path of exposing more. He recommended a look at the 'Expose to the right' idea.

Have a look at THIS , and see what you make of it - also try a few practical trials.

I think, underneath all the very technical stuff, there's a basic thing that there's more detail in highlights than you see in the straight JPG file, and you can exploit this. Though, sometimes, and particularly for action shots, there may be advantages in underexposing and keeping the shutter speed up...

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