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Up the Reds.

By francisg
Taken during last Saturdays Amature Football game. I had the Camera Canon EOS 350D mounted on a Tripod and using a Canon Zoom lens &0-300mm I followed the players around the field. I set the sensitivity to 400 and the Shutter to Continuous. This gave me a reading of 1/800 sec @ f9.0 Not much post processing was done other than to crop the best image of the series. and using Curves to lighten and improve the image contrast.
I would welcome any advice to improve the image and or Techniques

Tags: Sport Action Male Games Soccer Sports and action English Football Sportsmen Athletes Men Red Colour Pastime

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iancrowson Plus
11 215 168 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2015 12:53PM
Good action shot.
My first thought was it's a pity their feet have been cut off. Was this down to your crop,? if so the picture would be improved by including them. If they are missing in original photo think of framing a bit wider.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
29 Jan 2015 2:47PM
Its a good result with the technique you used.

better with feet as Ian mentioned, but you learn with practice.

The colours are over-saturated, and appear almost florescent on my screen, so the mod just has colour desaturated. Over saturated colours affect detail and clarity also.

Heres a technique you can try if you like the next time; it what most pros would use I think.

Set you cameras autofocus mode to AI Servo; set the mode to shutter priority, set the speed (depending on the lens) to 1/1000, which will account to the 300mm end. Set the ISO as youve done, - if you find the shots are underexposed, increase ISO.

AI Servo allows you to track the players as the camera continuously maintains focus, with the shutter half pressed, so the focus should be good when you decide to take the shot. You can till leave the camera on continuous exposures.


mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2397 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2015 5:48PM
As above. And don't zoom in so close. Give the players space to move in and into. You can always crop later.
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2015 7:23PM
You either need the feet in, or ziim in even closer to just torso and expressions. Just cropping the feet doesn't work well.

It is pretty good but has one huge, and regular amateur sports problem. Background. It just pulls my attention.

You need to find a viewpoint with a less demanding background. On oro grounds, its lots of out of focus spectators and stands but building site security fence is a problem.

Look at backgrounds. Consider low viewpoints looking up.

francisg 17 705 1 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2015 9:43AM
Just to say thank you for all your helpful comments. They are much appreciated.
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1835 England
30 Jan 2015 4:14PM
Frank -

You've got a lovely feel for football - there are a good few other shots in your portfolio, and you clearly know what you're doing. I wish I could anticipate action as well as you do!

I've done the crop that Moira suggested, and it makes me think there's a shot to be done in situations like this that concentrates on the feet... Maybe not a shot you want to take, but certainly one someone should!

Program mode is definitely a risk in almost every circumstance. Most people go for shutter priority for action, but there's an argument for aperture priority, especially when the light's getting low: then, you set it wide open, and get the highest shutter speed you can, which is precisely what you want.

Here, though, you can choose the speed you want, and the aperture is going to be fine. Sunlight's always simple!

Although sunlight gives bright highlights: if you have a RAW file, you can reprocess to hold the shiny foreheads back a little.

Good work!

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