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Polo 2

By losbarbados    
Part 2 of my Polo Set

Tags: Polo hickstead Sports and action

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pablo69 12 201 6 England
11 Nov 2010 12:34PM
A good action shot, ball in the shot players showing a great intensity and focus, obviously the water mark is a big spoil, but the back ground could do with being more out of focus, it would focus the eyes on the subject matter.

Hope that helps
losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2010 6:19PM
Thank you Pablo
Philo 10 99 83 England
11 Nov 2010 7:30PM
The action is well caught here and the shutter speed looks good providing just a touch of blur where needed.
However the shot is a little under exposed and rather noisy. The water mark is really annoying and just not required on a 600 pixel image.
Compositionally the players are nicely placed but I feel the shot would work better in landscape to include all of the horse.
It would be quite helpful if you advised your camera settings. I would be particularly interested in the ISO used as I have the E510 and it does not perform well at 400+.
I hope this helps in some way.
losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
11 Nov 2010 8:50PM
iso 3200, 107mm, 1/400 f22 on sigme 55 - 200 f3.5 lens.

The light was all over the place in the day and I struggled with the settings, I was concentrating more with the shutter speed, I had it on shutter priority hence the aperture.
I amy have stepped up the exposure 1 or 2 stops, I was experimenting through the day. I've concetrated on summer sports in the past and it's the first trip in to winter - I shot around 250, 90 of which went into the bin prior to going on to my facebook page, and then another 50 went between face book and my website.
Philo 10 99 83 England
11 Nov 2010 9:43PM
Thanks for advising the settings it really does help. I haven't done much sport work but when I did have a go I used aperture priority and then wound up the ISO to get a reasonable shutter speed. Had you shot this at say f8 (or perhaps even wider) you would probably have adequate depth of field to get everything in focus, slightly blurred background and a much lower ISO to achieve the same shutter speed.
It's very easy to say after the event but not so when you are in the thick of it, especially when the lighting conditions are changing fast.
Stick at it and I look forward to your next upload.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
11 Nov 2010 10:48PM
Needs to be shot in landscape mode, not portrait, with perhaps a wider lens. Looks like you were ensuring you got the polo mallets in at the expense of the horses and the action. Also, shoot from a lower point of view with less empty foreground.

For ISO 3200, - there very little noise.


losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
12 Nov 2010 6:56AM
Thank you for your comments Wille.
The intention wasn't to get the mallets in at the expense of the horse, although they were a priority, so I think I got the aspect correct, just not lens width.

Each time I look at the picture, there has been something niggling me about it, just not sure what, hence the look for critique, and I think the foreground is the main thing. What do you suggest, loose about half of it? It would need cropping out, although I get your point about having a lower point of view, I spend all summer on my knees at American Football, the game is played in a boarded arena so I was as low as I could get, so I will need to crop tighter in the future

As for the noise, I ran it through a noise reduction tool to clean as much out as I could
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
12 Nov 2010 3:22PM
Yes, - just crop off some of the bottom. Ive loaded a quick mod with the crop, and I also extended the left side a little to balance.


losbarbados 11 236 United Kingdom
13 Nov 2010 11:05AM
Thank you Willie,
your comments have been very helpful

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