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By Bigpoolman
I wanted a shot where I caught the bails flying but also got the bowler in the scene and without a distracting background.

Usual minimal editing in LR, highlights, clarity etc. Not yet sharpened or edited in PS. Do I need to darken the sight screen a bit maybe?

Suggestions welcomed as always.



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17 Sep 2017 10:56PM
Wow. definitely out! I really like this but I think it would be even better if some of the white spots behind the bowler were cloned out as they are a slight distraction.
17 Sep 2017 11:27PM
Yep, not sure what I am allowed to do on this sort of shot to maintain integrity of the image but I can certainly see what you mean Robert. It was a good day yesterday, we won the league and Dan got seven wickets.


GeorgeP 14 62 26 United States
17 Sep 2017 11:30PM
It is amazing how 22 yards gets compressed when using a telephoto lens. The main focus (batter, ball, stumps and flying bails) are sufficiently sharp to immediately attract the eye and keep the viewer's interest. The bowler's effort is also apparent and, if he is not yet expressing glee at the wicket, it is only because you shot a fraction of a second before he registered success. I think is is a wonderful image.

The square crop works well - and while the sight screen is intrusive, it is part of the environment. Perhaps a slight vignette using LR radial filter to restrict it to the sides might minimize the distraction - but only a little.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2403 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2017 8:03AM
As George says, telephoto compression gives a real sense of physical immediacy and drama.

This is perfectly timed. I would like to see just a bit more space for context, again could we see the full uncropped image please?

The sight screen is integral to the subject, no problems with that. The white blobs are dots of out-of-focus light background showing through the trees. They don't bother me, but they could be easily removed.
Robert51 12 7 121 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2017 8:21AM
I may have called "Opps" but that may have not been the words used by the batsman.

I really like the image but as George said a zoom lens will always compress the background in images. It's one of the things to bear in mind when shooting. What may have help it the other wicket had been included as people know the distant between stumps and the mind will fill the rest in. I know you then have the problem of the umpire but who said this photography lark is easy...
18 Sep 2017 8:41AM
Thanks all.

I have uploaded two mods, one is the uncropped version, the other is a slightly sharper version from PS where I also darkened the edges a little.

As you will see from the uncropped version, I did rather remove the possibility of using a wider image by chopping off half the umpires head. I think though I slightly prefer the comprised version in this case and I do have other shots that show the wider picture albeit not of this particular wicket falling.

Interested in your views.


paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2017 9:08AM
You can do what you like, it's your image. This is good and well shot. I would get rid of the sight screen altogether. we know they are there, but it is a bit of an eye puller. Partly crop, partly clone.

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1840 England
18 Sep 2017 1:07PM
Excellent work.

I like Paul's even tighter crop: reducing it to the essentials, expecting the viewer to do a little work. This is often a good way to go when there's a temptation to include more and more context - but could fail if most viewers don't get the sport... For instance, I suspect that many Americans will lack George's insight - as I am all at sea with shots of baseball.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4231 Canada
18 Sep 2017 2:44PM
Terrific shot and timing. I would like to see a bit more height, but you were shooting for a wider shot originally. I know know what a sight screen is! I cloned it out in a mod rather than crop, and added a little height.

Assuming you shot RAW and converted to JPEG using LR or Photoshop, both apply a default amount of sharpening, its not a lot, so it compensates for the AA filter in cameras. So it has a little applied, and this will occur unless you set the default to zero. Either way a crisp and contrasty shot with good whites.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 767 England
18 Sep 2017 9:57PM
No problem with timing which is spot on. The ball hitting the wicket s what every cricket photographer wants to capture.
The sight screen is part of the environment so doesn't worry me, and shouldn't worry any cricket fan. Difficult to avoid as that'll affect your view of the action (and I wouldn't want to do that here!), though a simple crop would do here.
It's an interesting question on what is allowed.

As Paul says, it's your image so you can do what you like.
However, for a sports publication, web or print, cloning and removal of objects wouldn't be acceptable. Journalistic integrity. Cropping is fine, adjusting exposure and colour balance are ok but htat's about it.
But worry about that when you're on tour with the England team!
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2017 8:14AM
Would you actually know the sight screen had been removed, fan or not, if no one told you?

19 Sep 2017 9:25AM
Thanks all.

I was quite chuffed with the timing and it provides a good keepsake for what was a memorable day and moment. I rather wish I had started taking images of the cricket earlier in the season now as its a long wait till next April.

I was quite undecided about the sight screen as I alluded to above. I agree with several of the comments above that its an integral part of the scene but, on this one because I had already cropped out a chunk of it, it does draw the eye as well. Food for thought and the various mods work well.


dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 767 England
19 Sep 2017 11:53AM
True Paul, but manipulatioin of images in the media and the corresponding trust and integrity is a hot potato that'll never go away. Fake news and all that, too.
As such, worth making the point. Not particularly a problem for an artistice presentation.

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