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Making a Break for it

By Paully33
Here is one that the RB busted through the line and ran in for about a 35yd run. Caught him just as he past the line and slid by a linebacker

Tags: Sports and action

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paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2011 8:37AM
The figures are good, the main one sharp and well defined. The problem is the background, which is difficult to deal with, I know, but very distracting.


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perkyjude 6 46 11 England
1 Sep 2011 11:21AM
Great action shot. There are a few options post shot to deal with background, the most obvious one would be to soften the entire background to lessen the distraction a little, I sometimes cheat and use the airbrush tool to do that. I wonder if compositionally he could have done with a little more space in front of him to run into (if you know what I mean) and a landscape shot, although you could crop this to a square. Also - where the black of his arm is lost on his black trouser you could run the dodge tool carefully along the edge to define it very subtly. Anyway... that's my thoughts for what they are worth. Hope any of it helps. Jude :o)
danh 8 61 36 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2011 12:14PM
Your settings are your main problem but I covered those in an earlier critique - the slow shutter speed has really let you down, as has the distance from the play. Any reason you didn't use the full 300mm you had available? The longer your focal length, the more your depth of field blurs (when the same aperture is used). When your subject is that close to the background it won't help much though. Try to get your subject in a position when he's already some way removed from the distractions of bleachers and crowds, if you can.

As for the post-processing comments, again from a purely personal perspective, this is sports photography and blah blah blah. I'm verrrry predictable. Tongue
perkyjude 6 46 11 England
1 Sep 2011 1:31PM
I just want to add.. I do agree with danh about 'post processing' not being ideal, and it is far better to get the shot right in the first place, (I have read danh's critiques before) but in respect to the photo you have now taken, and therefore the moment has passed to get it perfect, you may still want to improve the shot in hand, hence my thoughts. However once you have improved your image with post processing then next time you are out there in the stadium you need to remember danh's excellent advice and put that into play and that way you will get better and better and you won't need to post process at all. Jude :0)

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