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#1 jrstout55

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 09:56 AM

Here is a shot from this weeks high school game. C&C please and welcome.

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Posted 16 September 2015 - 10:14 AM

Good shots jrst, like the first and last shots.
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Posted 16 September 2015 - 11:47 AM

Pity about the black football strips, bright colours would have made for more interest..? That along with the sun being at the players backs in No1 . For me there is too much background detail in 2 and 3 which detracts a bit from the main subject matter...?   I have not tried any such subjects, though I think that isolation of the important subject may work better,  like whoever has the ball..?   There can be just too much action on the sports field at any one time and trying to capture too much of it may cause issues that reduce the impact of any one pic..... But then, what do I know, other than that which I like.   Thanks for posting.



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Posted 16 September 2015 - 01:33 PM

Good action shots! I really like the first one but in my opinion the highlights need to be brought down (so that the turf looks green) whereas the shadows need to be lightened so that the central figure (quarterback?) does not look underexposed
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Posted 17 September 2015 - 12:26 AM

I think these are fantastic, jrstout55!  I also shoot high school football and I can't hide my jealousy right now at the fact that you had such amazing lighting!!!  I find myself having to stop taking shots at half time due to the light...  unfortunately, I have not been able to upgrade enough to handle high shutter speeds and an acceptable (to me) ISO level; so as you would imagine I get a lot of grainy shots in the second half of the game, and as a personal preference, am not the biggest fan of grain.

 

I have also received some of the same advice as you have in this thread; try to isolate the player with the ball or at least the player you are attempting to capture.  I find it extremely difficult in such a high contact sport as football (baseball was much, much easier :) ), with all of the action generally revolving around the athlete carrying, catching or otherwise attempting to "get the ball".  IMO you've done a really great job with that... however, I am nowhere near proficient in the extremely difficult art of photography; simply a football mom :) In fact, I would like to know if you have any secrets on capturing more of the "play" with less of the background?  I still struggle with that a great deal.

 

I think you've done a wonderful job capturing "that" moment of the game... the catch, interception, tackle or other moment in the game that actually "makes" the game of football, the game of football.

 

I love the shot of 72 (your left tackle maybe?)!  The determination on his face awaiting a would be defender... priceless :)

 

Any tips on isolation are definitely welcome and very much appreciated!  Thanks again for sharing!



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 01:12 AM

Good shots jrst, like the first and last shots.

The last photo is of my son. 


I think these are fantastic, jrstout55!  I also shoot high school football and I can't hide my jealousy right now at the fact that you had such amazing lighting!!!  I find myself having to stop taking shots at half time due to the light...  unfortunately, I have not been able to upgrade enough to handle high shutter speeds and an acceptable (to me) ISO level; so as you would imagine I get a lot of grainy shots in the second half of the game, and as a personal preference, am not the biggest fan of grain.

 

I have also received some of the same advice as you have in this thread; try to isolate the player with the ball or at least the player you are attempting to capture.  I find it extremely difficult in such a high contact sport as football (baseball was much, much easier :) ), with all of the action generally revolving around the athlete carrying, catching or otherwise attempting to "get the ball".  IMO you've done a really great job with that... however, I am nowhere near proficient in the extremely difficult art of photography; simply a football mom :) In fact, I would like to know if you have any secrets on capturing more of the "play" with less of the background?  I still struggle with that a great deal.

 

I think you've done a wonderful job capturing "that" moment of the game... the catch, interception, tackle or other moment in the game that actually "makes" the game of football, the game of football.

 

I love the shot of 72 (your left tackle maybe?)!  The determination on his face awaiting a would be defender... priceless :)

 

Any tips on isolation are definitely welcome and very much appreciated!  Thanks again for sharing!

Thank you for the critique. As for #72, that is my son and he is playing right offensive tackle. This was his first high school varsity game as a starter, just a 10th grader... proud papa. This game was easier to shoot as far as having light as it started at 1pm. The sun did get a little troublesome in some shots, like the first one because of the side of the field I was on, especially as the sun moved throughout the day. You as well as others mentioned the background. As a football lover, the atmosphere is as much a part of the scene for me. It distracts some but it is all a part of the game for me. I try to minimize how much is in the photo when I can though. I played football for several years so I kind of have an idea of what I am looking for when taking photos. Not all the time as lucky as I was this past weekend with some of the shots that I got. Thanks for the comments about #72... I am very proud of him.  :)



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Posted 17 September 2015 - 11:25 AM

All nicely done, but I like the third shot the best.  If I were #72, I'd like to have that shot cropped down a bit more and have that printed.

 

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 12:01 AM

All nicely done, but I like the third shot the best.  If I were #72, I'd like to have that shot cropped down a bit more and have that printed.

 

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As a matter of fact David.. I printed it on a 16x20.  


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Posted 10 October 2015 - 09:49 AM

I have three grandsons all playing football.  I have been taking game photos "forever."  I have come to the conclusion that I need a faster focusing camera and a longer lens.  I can do pretty well when taking video, but my keepers on stills almost all have too much of the action.  Can't even see my grandsons unless they wear pink socks  :lol: .  I need to tighten way up on my subjects.  Seems it has taken way too long for me to come to this conclusion.  I plan on getting a 7d II soon, and hope to get a 70-200 lens for it.  Your pics are great and have convinced me that this is the way to make my shots better.  I do have an fz200, and it has a lot of zoom, so I will try it for awhile until more money comes in.

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Posted 14 October 2015 - 08:13 AM

I have three grandsons all playing football.  I have been taking game photos "forever."  I have come to the conclusion that I need a faster focusing camera and a longer lens.  I can do pretty well when taking video, but my keepers on stills almost all have too much of the action.  Can't even see my grandsons unless they wear pink socks  :lol: .  I need to tighten way up on my subjects.  Seems it has taken way too long for me to come to this conclusion.  I plan on getting a 7d II soon, and hope to get a 70-200 lens for it.  Your pics are great and have convinced me that this is the way to make my shots better.  I do have an fz200, and it has a lot of zoom, so I will try it for awhile until more money comes in.

Thanks.

Earl, 

You mentioned that you have the FZ200. I have the FZ150 and have used it to shoot some football with. the shots came out pretty good too. I use the 70-200 mostly and I also use the Tamron 150-600 and it takes good shots as well. 



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Posted 30 May 2016 - 06:05 AM

I have three grandsons all playing football.  I have been taking game photos "forever."  I have come to the conclusion that I need a faster focusing camera and a longer lens.  I can do pretty well when taking video, but my keepers on stills almost all have too much of the action.  Can't even see my grandsons unless they wear pink socks  :lol: .  I need to tighten way up on my subjects.  Seems it has taken way too long for me to come to this conclusion.  I plan on getting a 7d II soon, and hope to get a 70-200 lens for it.  Your pics are great and have convinced me that this is the way to make my shots better.  I do have an fz200, and it has a lot of zoom, so I will try it for awhile until more money comes in.

Thanks.

Earl, Just wondering if you've had the chance to purchase the 7D Mark II yet??  I had the wonderful opportunity to do so this past December and was wondering your thoughts/opinions, if any?  I simply love it and after MUCH research, had come to the conclusion that, without purchasing a full frame dslr, the 7D MII had everything (and more) that I was looking for.  I've yet to be able to shoot any football, obviously, but am looking forward to this fall!  My oldest son will be in his senior season and my youngest will be in fifth grade (many seasons left with this guy at least  :)), so while I can't wait to get out shooting football again this fall, it's also bittersweet to watch my baby play his final year of high school football...  with any luck though, we'll be seeing him play in college  ;)    

 

So far the 7D MII is everything that I expected and more, and in fact, I am still learning about all that this camera has to offer!  Because I live in Michigan and purchased the camera in December, I haven't had a huge opportunity to get out and take the amount of shots that I'd like; however, with baseball season well under way, I'm getting in much more practice!



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Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:55 PM

Great shots, I like the 2nd one!







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