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Old Sep 25, 2006, 6:28 AM   #1
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 7:08 AM   #2
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Frank,

Great captures - especially the slide tackles. Those are tough to capture.

I'm still not a fan of the 5.6 aperture for sports (backgrounds on 1 & 3), but you've caught some amazing action and, as always, your shots are clear and colorful.

Great stuff!!!
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I would love to use f2.8 but Canon doesn't have a 100-400L 2.8 that's for sale at the moment
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 7:11 AM   #4
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I would love to use f2.8 but Canon doesn't have a 100-400L 2.8 that's for sale at the moment

No, but Sigma makes an excellent 120-300 2.8
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I know, I allready have the wonderful 70-210 f2.8
But remember I'm shooting Full Frame so I don't have a crop factor
and I love to get the action up close and personal.
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Old Sep 25, 2006, 3:09 PM   #6
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Frank,

If you don't mind me asking - where do you usually position yourself for soccer matches? Besides shooting from behind the goal area? I've just started shooting soccer this year and still trying to work out a good workflow for the game and where to position myself.

Second question - what's your technique for header shots? that's probably the shot I have the most trouble with: so assuming a goal kick, restart, whatever that's likely to result in a good header how do you track and what do you focus on? Do you select the likeliest receiver or track the ball and fcus at the last moment? Just curious. I'd really like to improve my keeper rate on headers.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old Sep 25, 2006, 3:10 PM   #7
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Wonderful pictures, they are perfect, extra sharp and the colours are great
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Great stuff. The detail in your shots is amazing. I especially like the framing in 6. 3 I like a lot too.

Are these semi-pro league players?
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They are not semi pro, SCE is the team our company sponsors ITC

I shoot mostly from the backlines, as sponsor I have some privileges

Shooting sport is always anticipating what will happen, most of the time I follow the match through the lens because when you see something and you still have to bring the camera to your eyes and focus you are way way too late.

For most sports I use all focus points and Servo focus, I however hardly use small bursts, most of my shots are done with one shot only, although with tackles I often use small bursts of 3-4 shots.
I learned sports with a very bad camera (long shutterlag) so anticipation was something that I HAD to learn, and now pays off.

The header shots are mostly done from corners, when watching a team during first half you can almost pick out the headers.
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