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They're Off

By Pontepineapple
Went to Pontefract races last Sunday to have a go at 'sports photography'. This is probably the best effort although a bit soft. I found it extreemly difficult to get everything right at the same time AND get both ends of the horse in frame!! Shall go back and try harder.
Hat's off to all 'real' sports photographers!!
Sometimes it's good to leave your comfort zone !

Thanks for looking,x

Tags: Horses Racing Horse racing Jockeys Silks Pontefract Starting gate Sports and action

Voters: JackieB, TrevBatWCC,

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JackieB 9 18 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2011 8:14PM
Excellent effort Sal, you are brave attempting this, well done

Jak x

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danh 9 61 36 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 11:17AM
Sports photography = shoot in aperture priority, wide open. Then manipulate your ISO to get your shutter speed as fast as at least 1/640th, preferably faster (I always aim for 1/1000th as a minimum)

As you said, these are all way too soft to be used for anything much. f16 and 1/100th will do that to a sports image unless you're after creative blur. This has too distracting a background to qualify in that category, I fear. Try shooting at the long end of your zoom and getting some really good 'portraits' of the riders in action, but be sure to use the 'rules' above. Zooming in close is scary at first because the natural reaction/fear is that you'll cut something important out of the frame. While this can be true, a frame-filling, up-close, 'sweat clearly visible' image will blow-away a 'landscape' shot that just happens to have some sporting activity somewhere within it.

If you're going for a rider 'portrait', then (appropriately enough) 'portrait orientation' for your camera will better fit the human form you're trying to capture. If you're more 'head-on' to the action it'll better fit the shape of the horse too.

If you're lucky enough to have consistent light while you're shooting, look at your exposure results from a really clear image while you're in 'aperture priority (wide open), manipulate ISO to keep shutter-speed high' - mode. Then go into 'manual' mode and install the same settings. While staying in aperture priority is useful, lots of dark or light horses and rider-colours can play havoc with your evaluative exposure results.

Give it a go and let's see the results, eh? I look forward to it. Smile
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
24 Jun 2011 2:53PM
I know what you mean about shooting subjects like this, from going to Pontefract races a couple of years ago, as it was a location for the Club's first Treasure Hunt! Wink A lovely colourful capture, Sally, even if a little 'soft' Smile
Trev Smile

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