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By francisg
Taken during the same game as yesterdays posting. The light and actions changed quickly. The Camera I used was a Canon EOS 350D with a 70-300mm Lens. ISOo at 800, set at Program. To capture the Event I had the shutter set on Continuous. And the Autofocus set on A1 Servo. Any helpful comments would be appreciated

Tags: Football Red Amateur Action Sports Male People Men Footballers Soccer Sports and action

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4219 Canada
5 Oct 2015 1:41PM
You used the right AF setting for this.

Its quite good, though a little soft. I assume the focus was on roughly the goalie, but its hard to tell. Probably a combination of a slightly slow shutter speed for moving players, and weather/light.

Ive sharpened the mod as much as I could without showing a lot of noise.


danbrann 16 640 17
5 Oct 2015 6:34PM
Right settings but would be much better with the ball in picture. The present image doesn't tell us much about the sport.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.7k 2379 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2015 6:40PM
I like your title, that's the story - three against one. But I also like what I can see of the yellow shirt - it looks as though his team is sponsored by a funeral service? Now get that lettering completely visible, combined with the player outnumbered by opponents and there'a a much stronger story to be had!

The ball would be good, but this needed a faster shutter speed, 1/500 second or preferably 1/800 although I appreciate that the light was an issue.

I think this also needs more space though, it looks cramped. You have obviously cropped, I wonder by how much?
dark_lord Plus
16 2.8k 754 England
5 Oct 2015 8:16PM
The softness looks due to camera shake as nothing is sharp anywhere in the image. Having the one player sharp and the others out of focus to varying degress would work better.
I appreciate the title, but there's nothing in the image to grab or keep the attention. Yes the ball would help but the players aren't animated, there's no action.
such a concept can work with non-sport subjects but when it is a sport the viewer expects more. Even their expressions are non-expectant. I know I'm suggesting something that may be a fleeting moment but that's what's needed.
At leas you can see their faces, I've shot motorsport and you don't get to see their faces there!

Don't be afraid to push the ISO - some noise in a sharp picture is betterthan a noise-free soft image.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1815 England
5 Oct 2015 10:16PM
I'd say 1/320 and a 280mm setting is a recipe for camera shake...

I am concerned by the plus 2/3 stop compensation: the scene doesn't look as if it needed that - but it did merit doubling the ISO, and upping the shutter speed!

I'd also say that while the AF settings were good, the exposure ones weren't: Program is not a good thing for action. Either select the widest aperture you can live with and select Aperture priority (getting the highest shutter speed you can), or pick the shutter speed you need and select T or S priority, and hope the aperture will open wide enough...

The yellow shirt may involve a grave mistake...
francisg 16 705 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2015 6:50PM
Thank you to all you guys for the comments and advice. The picture received very little post production treatment other than tweaking the Curves a little to improve the contrast. The thing that did strike me was when the players came out onto the field. One team was being sponsored by a firm of funeral directors, and the other was sponsored by a firm of Monumental Masons. There must be a sermon in that somewhere ha ha ha ha

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