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By rhol2
Taken at a local cricket club. IQ not great as heavily cropped but I think it shows the intensity of the modern game.

Tags: Sports and action

Voters: SteveH1978, luckybry, kirkoid

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SteveH1978 6 2 3 England
8 Jun 2011 9:52PM
Great shot, perfect timing, photo's not bad either... Just kidding, really great sports shot, I don't really think you notice the loss in IQ on an image of this size so it works well with the crop you have chosen.


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danh 6 61 36 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2011 12:32PM
I'm afraid your subjects are just too small in the frame for this to qualify as a 'great sports shot', to me. Your timing is spot-on but you're sorely limited by the length of your lens.

If you're really critical of your own work, you'll look at the 'dead' space around the image and see that your subjects are the batsman and the two fielders closest to him. Anything else is pretty much irrelevant to the shot (even the stumps, based on the fact that the image is clearly a batsman playing cricket). If you concentrate on just those three people you'll see where your crop could be made. The trouble then is that with such a small crop of the photo, your focusing and exposure become much more important. I can't comment on your focus due to the size of the image on my screen but your exposure has caused the batsman's face to be almost entirely too dark to reveal any detail. This has been caused by your camera's meter seeing all those white clothes and darkening the image down to get a good 'average' exposure. If you'd had a light-meter to hand, or 'chimped' your first few shots you could have adjusted your settings, while in 'Manual' mode, and produced a clearer image of his face. Unless it's 'wings and wheels' sports photography, a clear facial image is often the dividing line between great sports photography, and merely 'good'.

As a small additional point, I'd have been inclined to change my position to remove the nearest fielder from my foreground, just to give me a better chance of a great shot whatever stroke was being played.

Sorry for being so long-winded. I haven't gone into my usual ISO/aperture/shutter speed details but you'd be better off using those tips too, if you can be bothered looking up my 'recent activity'. I certainly wouldn't blame you if you can't. Wink
rhol2 5 369 1 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2011 2:23PM
Hi danh I accept there are some shortcomings in this picture,as I mentioned in my initial comment. because of limited lens power it is heavily cropped. The exposure reflects the dull lighting at the timeIn any case the batsman's face is hidden by helmet and grille.Have you noticed there are no shadows? I can not accept your proposal to crop out the wicketkeeper and slip fieldsman..their reactions are integral to the spirit of the image. I would have thought that anyone with a knowledge of cricket would realise that. Closeups of a batsman playing a shot are ten a penny...By the way is your screen correctly set up?
danh 6 61 36 United Kingdom
9 Jun 2011 5:36PM
My screen's fine, ta. I meant due to the size of the image it's difficult to see what's going on, purely because of the definition available at 600 pixels max. I guess we'll have to agree that our opinions will differ over this one. I'd prefer to see a close-cropped, up-tight shot of a batsman with his full effort clearly visible on his face, rather than a wide-angle where you're guessing at what the detail in the face is, whether they're ten a penny or not.

I was only trying to offer a critique so I hope I haven't caused any offence.

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