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By Paully33
Well I had my first HS Football game this past week. Beore game conditions were beautiful then clouds rolled in and it was pretty overcasty. So I shot from what I have read over the past few months and tried to get the best shots I could. Had allot of action come my way so I think I got good shots. So now I leave it to the xperts to say "yes or no"

This was A QB run directly at me that resulted in a touchdown. I was kneeling on the 5 yrd line when the action came right at me.

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NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
28 Aug 2011 8:36PM
pretty good peak of the action shot with great composition and the tight framing.

to work really well its either got to be so blurred its intentionally creative, or sharp in all the right places which im sorry to say this isnt.

itd damn hard to track a subject moving towards you but i think your focusing spot was central and has tracked the chest which looks slightly sharper than the face.

sharpness with a telephoto is down to 2 things , choice of shutter speed and focus. in your exif data its says f20 at 1/100sec. well thats really unusual combination because it would be normal not to exceed f8 and go for a much faster speed. usually its inadvisable to have a speed slower than the focal length. your lens probably peaks well before f20 and the optical performance would pretty much me declining at that setting. its definately speed thats required here and not depth of field

ie rule of thumb 1/500sec (500mm) 1/300sec (300mm) etc this to ensure camera shake is avoided

with focusing, continuous servo and predictive focusing would help too subject to the spec of your camera.

hope this helps

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ams99 Junior Member 6 65 9 England
28 Aug 2011 8:42PM
You've managed to isolate the image really well. Well done.

The next step is to make sure you use a faster shutter speed to freeze the action. Try 1/800 or 1/1000.

With the action froze and in focus this would have been one to be proud of.

Well done, look forward to some more.
28 Aug 2011 9:34PM
Thank you and I really want to get "that shot" I was trying to keep in mind of exposure due to it being overcasty. That was kind of a "norm" critique I received on my other pics. So I was constantly adjusting my settings to compensate for it being cloudy. And i was focusing on the chests of players instead of faces. I will adjust and keep what was just said in mind and not to exceed 1/1000 and stay below F/8. I just ordered a Canon L-series 2.8 lens so I hope that will really help with the shots. Any advise for the use of that type of lens?
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
28 Aug 2011 10:06PM
Use it a lot, - its a great lens, sharp as a razor at f/2.8.

Just a question about this shot, - may just be me, but it appears a little wider than high, as if you re sized the height without maintaining the aspect ratio of the width or vice versa? Or is is just an optical illusion as his shoulder pads make him so wide?

I made it taller in a mod, - see what you think?

28 Aug 2011 10:25PM
That could of been me when I resized, I always use 600x400 so I will pay more attention to that when I am saving for web. But the QB is a pretty good sized young man for a 15 yr old and he is not using standard QB shoulder pads which are quite small to allow for no arm restriction when passing. But having said that I am sure I was jsut to much to blame with my settings when I saved.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3879 Canada
28 Aug 2011 10:26PM
Does the mod seem more "normal" to you Paul?

If you are using Photoshop to re size, make sure the Scale Styles and Constrain Properties boxes at the bottom of the dialogue box are checked.

28 Aug 2011 11:14PM
yes that does THANK YOU! I will ensure that I make that correctionin photoshop!
Philo 8 99 83 England
29 Aug 2011 9:07AM
Hi Paul, the first thing that struck me with this shot was that it looked squashed so I agree with Willie there. You have filled the frame really well with the player making a strong composition but the shutter speed is much too slow causing the blur.
I am by no means a sports photographer but I have spent quite a bit of time shooting at football galas through the summer. This has given me the opportunity to play with different settings and find out what works best for me. I ended up favouring aperture priority as I nearly always wanted to be wide open to isolate the action. I would then adjust ISO to give a shutter speed of 1/500s: I found this was fast enough to freeze action but would often leave feet and the ball blurred giving the shot more dynamism. I later discovered I can set ISO in auto to achieve a minimum shutter speed so that it constantly changes ISO to maintain my desired 1/500s. I don't know if your canon can do this but certainly worth trying if it does.
Good look with the new lens and I expect to see some great results at f/2.8Wink

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