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The Windup

By Paully33

Tags: Baseball Sports and action

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banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
4 Aug 2011 4:52PM
Hi Paul,

This is quite a decent shot. In sports photography, when getting started, its very easy to focus you attention on the subjects face, and think only of timing. What can happen is you forget to have a quick look around the frame, and notice youve missed a foot!. This is of course whats happened here, and Ive added a foot in the mod, - a first for me. I would also crop a little space from the top.



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4 Aug 2011 5:03PM
Thank you sir!
rambler Plus
9 969 17 England
4 Aug 2011 10:47PM
When you are setting yourself up to take sports shots it is important to check the background before you start. Once the action starts you will have little time to worry about composition. Had you moved left you would have captured more of the pitcher's expression and set him against the darker background of the tree to the right. Review your shots during breaks in the game and if you can move to get better angles.

On the positive side you have left space in front of the player which is good and the exposure is excellent.

Have fun with your photography and have fun with Ephoto too, welcome.

danh 8 61 36 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2011 9:00AM
Along with the comments above, I'm guessing (perhaps wrongly, apologies if I'm in error) that maybe you were using the central AF point in your viewfinder which, while allowing you to get the face in focus, has caused the 'offset' nature of the photo. If you can, practice using different/other AF points that better suit your composition or, if you're really brave, try manual focus.

You should also try to shoot sports in aperture-priority (wide-open), and use your ISO to keep your shutter speed well-above 1/640th (that said you've shot this in 'manual' which is even better, as long as you keep your aperture wide and your shutter speed fast) . This will both freeze the action and give you a shallower depth-of-field. I'm not sure if your exif data is correct because you seem to have used ISO3200 during the day and only got 1/200th, even if your aperture is very small at f9. I assume you may have used flash and this has caused the 'warp' in exif data. If this is the case (again, apologies if my guesswork is no good) try to get used to shooting sport without flash - most places don't appreciate it and normally, you're too far away from the action for it to help much.

I look forward to seeing a few of the batter next time. Smile


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