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Need for speed

By javas  
An action picture of the Scottish handball goalkeeper when she wants to play the ball very quick to an attacker.

Tags: Daughter Goalkeeper Handball Sports and action

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Tooth 17 5.8k 227 Ireland
4 Nov 2006 1:08PM
Hi jan, first let me say I'm no sports photographer sso I'll just stick with what I think are the most obvious points hre.You've obviously got a good interest in the sport, and by its title you're trying to portray speed. This is fine in itself, except that somewhere in any action picture something has to be focussed and not affected by the motion blur. Either the player could be ststic and the background motion-blurred by a technique called panning, or the background could be static and some parts of the player blurred - but still the face at leat has to be frozen.

The problem with critiquing a shot like this is that you haven't given any details of the settings you used or the technique. was it on an automatic mode on the camera, or a semi-automatic priority mode? For shots like this I think shutter priority would be best, choose the speed you want to freeze the right amount of action. I guess from this the speed could be 1/30 or longer, which will just make everything blurred.

Two final small points - pity the left foot is cut out of the frame (little details like tese make the diffrence between good and very goos shots), and the seems to be an overall green cast to the pic, which should be easily fixed in your image editor.

As I say, I'm no sports photographer, so if you don't get much more help on this pic I suggest you send a PM to sara (Whipspeed) , anothermember of the critique team who has a good interest in sports photography, and ask her to give you some better pointers

Hope that's useful

javas 18 1 Netherlands
4 Nov 2006 2:00PM
Thanks Stephen
I didn't realize that I gave so few information.I just thougt to ask for some tips. Most things on fotography I've learned from my daughter and she's the one on the picture.
I made it on full automatic and the room was quite dark.
This was my first try on sports with this camera and first I thougt about deleting it because it was all movement. Finally I've put it on ephotozine to get some tips. Youre's are very welcome for me. I just an amateur who started 2-3 years ago.
Thanks a lot.
robadsy 17 348
8 Nov 2006 12:59PM

stephen offers good advice here...

for me, the key points of criticism for this shot are:

1: no point of focus, common points people use are the head/face, or the number

2: white balance. the green cast is probably from the flouro lights and most basic photo editing software will have a function to correct this.

3: composition, if the whole foot was included it would probably carry the maximum energy. why not run it in the landscape format? a bit of "negative space" for the object to move into is another common technique employed in the action photography genre.

well done for having enough of an open mind to post this, i hope the advice here helps :o)

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