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The Side Step

By John_Humphreys
This picture is from last Saturday night's game between Munster and Border Reivers at Thomond Park. Munster won 9 points to 8. The picture shows Munster flanker John O'Sullivan side stepping an attempted tackle.

The picture was taken under floodlighting. Because I was using a 1.4x converter on my lens, the max aperture I had was only f4. Even with the ISO wound up to the max on my camera (1600), I could only achieve a shutter speed of 1/250 sec. I normally like to shoot sports at 1/1000 sec and upwards but I just didn't have the light on this occasion.

Tags: Rugby Border Park League Union John Munster Reivers Magners Thomond Osullivan Sports and action

Voters: sbphoto, Gary_Williams, Glostopcat and 28 more

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AlanBW 15 20 England
13 Sep 2006 9:00AM
Excellent action shot John
StevenPrice 16 30 2 England
13 Sep 2006 9:36AM
you did really well to get as good a shot at that shutter speed very well done John.

bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
13 Sep 2006 11:46AM
you are back with your rugby shots
love this one...perfect timing!

keep them coming
tull 18 181 United Kingdom
13 Sep 2006 3:39PM
Excellent action capture John great sense of movement and power.

Billies 16 7 Ireland
13 Sep 2006 10:38PM
Clix. A really "alive" action shot. Your description is very instructive.
MattRW 15
14 Sep 2006 9:53AM
Good shot. Pretty sharp considering the lighting and shutter speed. I know how hard these shots are to get!

GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
16 Sep 2006 3:56PM
Interesting shot, John.
Even though this sport doesn't touch me, I must admit that you have taken this sot really well.
Very detailed description.
Thank you for your comments.

You know, John, it's funny really, but I asked exactly the question, you have written in your comments: "Excuse me, young Lady, where are you from?"
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
16 Sep 2006 6:22PM
Excellent action shot. Good timing to this.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4263 Canada
16 Sep 2006 10:36PM
Nice action shot JOhn.

colin 17 697 5 Scotland
17 Sep 2006 8:55AM
You've gaught the action perfectly, John. In a way the lighting circumstances have helped give the shot a sense of movement, with slight blurring on the tacklers leg. I'd be delighted with this.
15 13 1 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2006 7:55PM
Another great action image John!
sbphoto 17 19 Ireland
18 Sep 2006 11:59PM
Very good action shot, John considering the light conditions. Good timing and nice facial expression on the red guy. Very acceptable for 1600asa also.
oppo 15 6 2 Scotland
20 Sep 2006 8:04PM
Interesting description John. It just goes to prove floodlight sports photography is one of the most demanding subjects to photograph. The timing in this one is superb. I don't know how you managed to keep it so sharp.

georg 16 4 South Africa
20 Sep 2006 8:27PM
great action shot. Maybe the South African Springboks can take a few hints here.
georg 16 4 South Africa
20 Sep 2006 8:28PM
great action shot. Maybe the South African Springboks can take a few hints here.
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
20 Sep 2006 9:29PM
Excellent action shot, like the look of determination you've caught on the Munster players face
beavis 16 19 Ireland
21 Sep 2006 9:54PM
Nice shot John under the conditions, good to see your Rugby shots back again...havent posted many myself lately..
annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2006 5:04PM
love it John, great movement shot.
Perhaps a little more space on the RHS for the players to 'fall' into!
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2006 10:21AM
great action capture, well taken john.

pacman 17 29 Ireland
18 Oct 2006 11:54AM
excellent capture, deserves the RC, portfolio of sports shots very good also
annefromleo 15 11 1 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2006 10:13AM
Fantastic John, sorry to have missed your 30th!

Great diagonals, this really works
Frank_Reid 15 227 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2006 10:14PM
Cracking shot John............ I get a great flying feeling from the Border player but the Munster player is so light on his feet.

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