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Old Jan 23, 2007, 8:59 AM   #1
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Let me know what you guys think. I have just started taking pics of my daughters team.

Taken with Pentax k100d, vivitar 70-200 f3.5 manual lens, 1/180, iso 1600, 70mm, f3.5, manual WB.
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Old Jan 23, 2007, 9:54 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Sports forum!

You're a brave soul - doing action photography with a manual focus lens :G

My first suggestion is the subject needs MUCH tighter framing - there's way too much dead space in this photo. If you wish to keep all 3 girls in the photo, simply do a horizontal crop of that section. If you just want the 2 girls then keep the crop vertical but crop in much tighter. In general you want to be tight on the action UNLESS something else is relevant. Examples of this are: showing the crowd where the crowd size / participation is relevant (not usually the case at this level - think of rowdy fans behind the hoop at a college game during a free throw), or including the basket when the player is doing a layup and not quite there (the idea being the basket shows what's going on and not just a player in the middle of the floor - it adds context). In this shot, there really isn't a benefit to the image to have all the dead space - so the focus should be on the ball handler and defender.

With the size of the post (I know you're limited) and current framing it's tough to judge how sharp the shot really is. I'm also guessing you stayed at 70mm because the zoom you're using is not constant aperture? If that's the case then you need to get right up to the floor and wait for action to come to you.

It's important at high ISOs to have your subject fill as much of the frame as you can right off the bat - there is less detail to begin with because of the low light and noise eats away at some of that detail. So when you crop the image in post processing you don't have as much leeway as you do with good light, low ISO shots.

So, if you have enough image detail, crop down on the current shot. If not, for your next outing, frame tighter (use zoom if you can, but if you can't then you have to get down by the floor or on the floor and wait for the action to come to you).

Again, welcome and looking forwar to your next post!
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Old Jan 24, 2007, 11:46 AM   #3
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JohnG-thanks for your input.
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