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My best googly

By Northiam
Caught at the local cricket club, against the sun and with dust coming off the pitch.
Looking for good action shots, whilst maintaining separation from the other players and the background.

Tags: Cricket Sports and action


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29 Aug 2019 9:35AM
Not a genre that I've ever attempted, but I think that's a great action shot.

Everything looks to have worked out well in this instance ( maybe just take the brightness down a fraction? ) but If you're wanting to freeze motion it might be safer to use shutter priority rather than aperture priority. Provided you keep the ISO down, you should still have an aperture wide enough to throw the background out of focus. The shutter would be your most important consideration, and things can happen very quickly with this kind of subject, so you might not have time to make even quick adjustments on the fly.
An alternative might be to use manual selection of shutter and aperture, but with Auto-ISO.


Thanks Alan.

Good comments. Appreciate them.

I think I was caught out by changing positions on the field, and the shutter speed was slower than anticipated. Other images from behind the bowler, had a much higher shutter speed due to the lighting, but I personally like this image because of the sense of movement in the feet and dust. Just a shame I didnít catch the ball as well!

I agree the brightness needs some attention, but I have only done very minimal processing on it as yet.

Oddly, looking at it online now, I think it probably needs more space on the left too.

29 Aug 2019 10:58AM
Thanks for coming back Eddie, it helps if people let us know if our comments have been helpful in some way.
I agree that more space on the left would have been good, as the bowler is looking ( and bowling of course ) in that direction. But it's still a damn good shot... especially, as you've commented, because of the dust, and also the fact that he's airborne! Grin

( It would be good if you could upload the unprocessed original... other members of the Critique Team will probably turn up at some point, and they would appreciate that. You can upload it as a 'modification' to your own image... just click on the blue button "Modifications" and follow your nose. )
Thanks Alan, modification uploaded - an unprocessed version.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 12:24PM
Welcome to ePHOTOzine! This is your first upload, but you joined a month ago so I hope you have been exploring the site, there's a lot here apart from the galleries.

This is a good shot! The elements that are essential for this - observation, timing and shutter speed. Large aperture obviously to isolate the action against the background, but in this country a really fast shutter speed will generally need a large aperture... I'll second Alan, I would go for shutter speed priority, with a suitably high speed set, for any situation where I am anticipating action. Then watch the aperture that it is giving me, and adjust ISO as necessary. But your settings worked, that's the main thing.

My only quibbles - the image looks a bit blue-ish, and I think I would crop differently. I'd like to see more space on the left, that's where both men are looking and that's where the ball is heading. So avoid making the frame look cramped there.

I love the cloud of dust under the bowler's feet, by the way!
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 12:39PM
Hi again. I've uploaded a modification, based on the original image - to view it click on the blue Modifications button below your upload, then on the number 1.

I increased exposure (that minus exposure compensation setting wasn't needed). I also reduced contrast and warmed colour slightly.

Then a crop to allow more space for the bowler to aim into. Then I isolated the two figures using the quick selection tool and did some very gentle dodging on highlights, burning on shadows - just 3% exposure for both tools.

And by the way - thanks for joining in the conversation, that's how the Critique Gallery works best.
mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.6k 2078 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2019 12:49PM
PS I also got rid of a few annoying white dots on the right - well away from the dust cloud, so I suspect that these were midges!
chase Plus
14 1.2k 259 England
29 Aug 2019 1:07PM
I do like this ( I am a cricket fan ) both feet off the ground and a cloud of dust too.
The first thing I looked for was the ball and as you have said ,that's a shame, but including the ball AND his feet in the air was perhaps just a step too far. I like the way the Umpire is looking in the same direction, a second or two earlier and he would be looking downward for the Bowlers' foot placement on the crease.
Moiras' mod is good, just that little bit of extra space on the left works wonders.
Some good advice above, shutter speed priority would be the way to go, the D810 will give you a nice high ISO without noise, maybe with some continuous frames ? You could go with continuous shooting then pick the best of the bunch.
Well done, nice action image.
dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
29 Aug 2019 4:41PM
And welcome from me, too Eddie!

Outstanding moment of extreme effort and action. Big tick for subject matter and timing.

The first impression is that it looks a bit faded, a bit light. The original actually seems more attractive, tonally. Good idea to brighten the bolwer a little, no need to let the background have too much tonal detail.

The techie stuff looks fine to me: but it's not my genre, and I suspect, with that body and lens, that this is something you've done before. If not, either you're rather well off, or you've done other sports, or maybe wildlife pictures...

The more you can tell us from the off, the better - including details on your profile: are you a young and hungry photographer, maybe starting to make a living from pictures? A jaded old amateur like me? A seasoned professional wildlifer?

Looking ofrward to seeing more pictures of this standard...
Thanks for all the constructive advice. Some good info there.

Moira - thanks for your mods - warming the image has made a surprising difference - I like it. The back lighting did make the flies stand out - at least one cricketer ended up rolling on the ground to get rid of them!

Chase - thanks for the interesting comment on the umpire - makes sense but not something I had realised, as I'm not into cricket - I was just invited along as they knew I did 'photography'. Just shows that you need to know your subject whatever it is.

Dudler - A very old amateur I think. Not sure about the jaded bit though.

I shall go away and review my image!
dudler Plus
16 927 1516 England
29 Aug 2019 6:53PM
I should probalby review my own - my avatar is a picture that's now 11 years old, nad doesn't do justice to my greying facial hair...

I've now added a mod based on your unprocessed original. I feel that you overdid the lightening, and i'm wondering why - can you explain the thought process?
The light was so harsh and the players being in white I was anxious to keep as much detail in the players clothes as possible. So I used a small negative compensation. It probably was over bright as I had overdone the shadow recovery I think.

So thanks for the modification - mine comes out much the same as yours after finessing the processing a bit.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4032 Canada
31 Aug 2019 8:56PM
This is very good, great timing.

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