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On the Beach with Jarek

By DinkyDoo
Caught this moment in the mens final of the Grampian Beach Volleyball Open Tournament at Lunan Bay.

Great event - great action - great location.

Tags: Beach Volleyball Sports and action


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
22 May 2016 12:06AM
Its a good action shot, though underexposed.

I think the reason for this is that when you set the shutter speed and used shutter priority, the camera cannot increase exposure if it decides to to so based on metering; this is because you have ISO likely set to 100 rather than auto, and the aperture is at its max value, so no possibility of any exposure adjustments, either automatically, or by exposure compensation.

I loaded a very quick and rough mod, it about +1. Quality is not great as this is likely a small crop from a larger original.



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dudler Plus
16 973 1535 England
22 May 2016 9:57AM
Welcome to hte Critique Gallery, Ken. This is a fine action shot - you've caught the moment really well.

I've done a mod, correcting the verticals as well as the exposure.

I then realised that Willie's mod (which, verticals apart, looks far nicer than mine) also has a tweak to white balance - you had set auto, and that often gives a cool result.

Perfect timing - I'm guessing that you could do absolutely nothing about the rather cluttered background!
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
22 May 2016 5:24PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Ken.
I don't think I can improve upon Willie's I won't try.

I assume you are happy with the amount of motion blur showing on the man, especially considering you chose to use Shutter Priority and set the speed. It's quite a personal choice as to how much of your subject is in focus, but you did well here, the important part being focused - his face.

It's a nice bit of action, and I especially like the sand being kicked up. But it's a shame about the background. Was there no other viewpoint you could have chosen, where the background presented less in the way of distractions?
As it is, it looks as if you are almost inside the game areaTongue.
When preparing for sport like this, have a good look around before the game starts. What direction is the light in? Where is the best uncluttered background? Etc.

That red balloon competes with the game ball for attention.
The face of the man in the tent is directly behind the game ball.
Your player's outline is spoilt by the tent and its contents.
Could these have been avoided?


paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
22 May 2016 5:47PM
It is very under exposed on the figure, and that is where to correct exposure should be. The figure is not very sharp, but the gazeebo is#so the focal point is too far back. That is why he is unsharp.

You needed to be at about ISO800 to get 1/500 and a smaller aperture. That gives a bit of depth of field and uses the sharper area of the lens. Wide open will not give the best resolution. Experiment with settings and shot plenty of frames. Digital is more or less free. Learn torecognise expoaure and sharpness issues on the LCD.

The two basics of photogrphy, most of the time, is get the exposure right, get the subject sharp.

22 May 2016 9:55PM

Yes I agree with all the points - I didnt really consider the background as I was actually looking for an attacking shot and took this from very close to the net. I am pleased with the motion of the player and the ball I agree with the comment about the balloon and the background. Great tips thanks.

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