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End of Season

By losbarbados    
Straight out of the camera, a bit of an improvement on where I was at the begining of my first season shooting polo

Tags: Sports and action

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EddyG Plus
10 5 Scotland
13 Mar 2011 2:00PM
Great action shot well done
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2011 10:21PM
hello there.
before i made comment, i had a look at some of your other polo shots for comparison, the last was rather nice, well framed and composed and quite sharp.

im sorry to say this is not as well taken. there are a few areas that need working on to make the most of these super opportunities with the horses and riders.

the first thing to notice is that the image is not really sharp anywhere at all. deliberate blur can be a good expression of movement but here its simply shake due to a slower shutter speed or simply not in focus although most auto focus would track a subject so large.

compositionally, the horse is too low in frame and cropping off to much of its lower body has left it looking rather awkward and has also cut off the foot of the rider. there is too much wasted space above the head with the added addition of the wall at the top of frame. it would have been much better with the camera tilted down a little and to the left to take things a little of centre and add a little dynamic to the composition. the slight move to the left would have given space for the horse to be moving into.

regards
Phil
cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
13 Mar 2011 11:01PM
had a go at a mod...from a different viewpoint Smile
losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2011 8:36AM
@eddygilli - Thank you.

@NEWMANP The difference between the earlier shots and the latest one is becasue the earlier efforts has been through the workflow, this one is straight out of the camera which is why the composition is not of the same quality. From my position in the arena the tilting down would resulted in the fencing tat was between me and the action would have been at the bottom of the image, and I'm not sure if it is correct but I would rather choose to make the picture of the rider than have a barrier do it for me. Two things can account for the blurring, either it was not focussed correctly (I had spent an afternoon in the week at the local eye hospital with an infection or there was movement on the lens. Personally I think it's the latter because most of other photos in the set were sharp, and I wasn't using any support, I would normally use manual focus, simply because using a viewfinder it can be annoying when following the action the autofocus decides to pick up a swinging mallet across the picture Wink
You're right though, the picture wont make it any further than the "must try harder" folder that sits on my desktop,

@cats_123 modworks wel, if I were to do anything with it then that is likely to be the road I go along. shame about the shake in the image

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