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Out of the sand

By Greygoose
Golfer second attempt out of sand pit, Tryed to get golfers expression as he hit the ball out or back into the bunker.

Tags: Golf Golf ball Golfer Sports and action

This photo is here for critique. Please only comment constructively and with suggestions on how to improve it.


mrswoolybill Plus
12 1.3k 2009 United Kingdom
17 May 2018 8:45AM
Hi Steve, you've been on the site a little while but I think this is the first time you have uploaded to the Critique Gallery? I hope you'll enjoy it here.

I've photographed golf, it's damn difficult. When things happen fast they happen fast. And golf clubs can travel a long way in the frame. Well done for a perfectly timed and well focused shot.

I'm sure you are aware of the only real problem here, the head of the club is missing. And the head is a major protagonist in the action, it's where the energy comes from. My one suggestion technique-wise would be to go a bit wider, allow space for the action, with a view to cropping afterwards.

As it is, sometimes when there's a detail accidentally clipped it can pay to crop much tighter, to look as though the clipping is deliberate. I tried a much tighter crop, to give a frame split between expression and ball. It's imperfect, but a different sort of imperfect.

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17 May 2018 11:04AM
Thank you Moira, yes missed the head of the club . Lack of experience, If Iíd thought I could of altered zoom as it was on 500mm, I donít think I cropped the head off. On the back of that Iíve been invited to take some pictures of a competition nothing serious basically he just wants pictures , so may take him up on it for a bit of experience, Thank you for comments.
dudler Plus
15 758 1445 England
17 May 2018 4:25PM
And welcome from me, too.

You did everything pretty much right, as far as I can see, except composing a little bit wide to allow for clubs flailing around. Zooming out a bit from unpredictable subjects and cropping later makes sense, as Moira says.

Excellent work otherwise.

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2058 United Kingdom
17 May 2018 7:11PM
Welcome to the Critique Gallery, Steve.

You captured the action well, the ball in the air, the golfer's determined expression, and the spray of sand. Your shutter speed was ideal, as was your aperture, to produce a nice blurred background. Also, you obviously considered your low angle, with the golfer in the pit, rather than looking down on him. These are all positives, and it's just the timing that was out, and the club was too far over to stay inside the frame.

As has been said, more space all around enables a later crop, but ensures inclusion of golfer, ball and club. Also, you could have reconsidered your shooting angle, perhaps more to the side of your subject, so that the swing of the club was less inclined to be across your frame. If and when you shoot the competition that you've been asked to do, the participants will be expecting you to be moving around and will learn to accept your presence, so you can move around and change angles at leisure.

dark_lord Plus
14 2.2k 563 England
17 May 2018 9:58PM
Welcome from me too.

I've nothing to add as regards cropping advice. It is tempting to get in as close as you can, and in general that's good for sports photography.
Wha's also good is timing the shot which you've done very well with here and that, on the whole, is much harder to do well.
paulbroad Plus
11 127 1278 United Kingdom
19 May 2018 4:59PM
The face is the main subject, not the head of the club. never noticed it was missing! Well done! one of those cases where a good tight composition and a suitably ramped up ISO do the job. difficult to improve.


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