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saeidNL 12 3 Netherlands
24 Jun 2011 10:30AM
Nice action shot ,well captured and good detail,And Works very well in mono too,
saeid
danh 12 61 36 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 10:38AM
It's a pity you have to explain what's happened to the ball. Slightly weakens the impact of the image if it needs to be 'translated' so as to provide context. It's a pity your rider's face is partially obstructed too.

If your exif data is correct you've blown a great opportunity for a really shallow depth of field by shooting at f5.6 instead of your available f2.8. As a result your shutter speed is too slow and your background (horses with coats, a Vauxhall Astra and a lorry with a wind-deflector) are all clearly visible and detract from your image.
luckybry 12 3 Scotland
24 Jun 2011 12:21PM
another cracking image
bryan
andylea 13 37 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 1:02PM
brilliant timing ian fantastic detail and tones a cracker have a great weekend Wink
andy
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13 23 23 Canada
24 Jun 2011 1:57PM
Great image and super timing..........Sandy
acousticmist 12 10 1 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 4:33PM
A superrb mono, very well captured..............Martin
ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 4:34PM
It's a pity you have to explain what's happened to the ball. Slightly weakens the impact of the image if it needs to be 'translated' so as to provide context. It's a pity your rider's face is partially obstructed too.

If your exif data is correct you've blown a great opportunity for a really shallow depth of field by shooting at f5.6 instead of your available f2.8. As a result your shutter speed is too slow and your background (horses with coats, a Vauxhall Astra and a lorry with a wind-deflector) are all clearly visible and detract from your image.


i didn't have to explain what happend to the ball infact i was not going to but resided to in the end, not sure this de values the image but thats your opinion and your allowed that, the riders face hopefully says it all as he is looking where the ball is going, can hardly ask the rider to hold that pose and look my way, not sure the relevance behind that comment but again your allowed your opinion.
As for depth of field it is at the best for the situation to get all the horse and rider in focus, again not sure where your coming from.
Agreed the horses and cars in background distract but not alot i can do about that considering the sun was on my back and could not get another view point but agreed valid point.
SteveMoulding 13 3 7 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 6:38PM
Great action shot.
Steve.
JackieB 12 18 3 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 7:59PM
Another fantastic action shot Ian, excellent, I love it

Jackie
ianrobinson 12 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
24 Jun 2011 9:04PM
thank you for your comments all they are appreciated good or indifferent.

Ian
JLM1981 11 2 England
27 Jun 2011 7:46PM
Great sense of movement. Captures the action of the sport very well.
danh 12 61 36 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2011 12:33PM
Apologies for taking so long to respond to this. I'll try to expalin the relevance to my comments.

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i didn't have to explain what happend to the ball infact i was not going to but resided to in the end, not sure this de values the image but thats your opinion and your allowed that


I'm not that familiar with polo and so, I was completely dependent on you telling me that the ball had just been played out of the left-hand end of the frame. If an uninformed person looks at a photograph and doesn't understand what it shows (in my case I know there are two teams, a ball to be chased and shot between posts to score a goal... but little else) then the image is not as high-quality as if it is clear what is happening. On a site like this I think an image that doesn't need that much explaining is a stronger image, especially where a sporting event is concerned.


Quote: the riders face hopefully says it all as he is looking where the ball is going, can hardly ask the rider to hold that pose and look my way, not sure the relevance behind that comment but again your allowed your opinion.

I'm afraid the rider's face doesn't say anything to me because I can't really see it. He's looking in a particular direction but there's no particular emotion displayed and no 'event' that can be elicited from him. Of course you can't ask him to hold a pose, this is sports photography. To be blunt, as perhaps I should have been before "you missed the shot". You probably, given a choice, would have preferred to have the ball in the frame with the mallet (is that what it's called?) a few inches away from it, either just about to make, or just after, contact.


Quote:As for depth of field it is at the best for the situation to get all the horse and rider in focus, again not sure where your coming from.

The focus needs to be on the eyes of the subject, whoever that might be. Setting an aperture that gets the 8-10 foot length of a horse completely in focus will detract from your image because it will put so much more of the rest of the image into clearer focus. If the horses front or rear legs aren't pin sharp it really doesn't matter, especially if it removes distracting detail from the background. If you look at top sports photography it will be uniformly shot at f2.8 or perhaps f3.2. Anything smaller than that brings the background into focus, spoils the image and slows the shutter speed too much (especially if in low light conditions).


Quote:Agreed the horses and cars in background distract but not alot i can do about that considering the sun was on my back and could not get another view point but agreed valid point.

The above comment, relating to your aperture size, would have more-effectively blurred your background in this image had you used that setting

Apologies if I sound argumentative or confrontational. I'm just trying to make it a bit clearer if my earlier comments had no relevance for you.

All the best,

Dan

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