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Old Feb 8, 2007, 6:21 PM   #1
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too saturated? other thoughts?

--sorry for that problem at first-- :-)


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Old Feb 8, 2007, 6:43 PM   #2
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I'm thinking it is either really under exposed your you left the lens cap on...... actually you might not have attached the photos LOL.
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Old Feb 8, 2007, 7:14 PM   #3
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I'd say not saturated enough. :-)
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Old Feb 9, 2007, 5:59 AM   #4
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Tough subject (for this shot.)

Here, the subject (the two players) is taller than it is wide, so you've got a lot of excess background, especially on the right.

Also, in your zeal to zoom in on the action, you've clipped off the feet of one of the players (and an edge of the frisbee, but that's less important.)

For 1/500" it seems kind of soft.

And tell the guy in the stripped shirt not to stick out his tongue while jumping.
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Old Feb 9, 2007, 6:34 AM   #5
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At that's better can see it now.

I think you are the first person to post any ultimate action here so that's cool. You have captured a really great moment but as already mentioned it's a shame the the feet are cropped off and also the Frisbee is a little clipped. This does look a bit soft which could be from a small amount of motion blur but I have also done a little sharpening to see what happens and that helps (give some USM a try). Even thought this was taken at f5.6 you have reduced the dof enough that the background is not distracting which is good. Will your lens go any wider at that setting? What lens are you using?

Would love to see some more shots.
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Old Feb 9, 2007, 7:25 AM   #6
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I definitely agree you should shoot in portrait orientation. If the sport involves humans (as opposed to cars or horses) as your subject they are invariably vertical subjects. So, by shooting in landscape orientation you've clipped the feet (not a big sin though) and you have a lot of dead space on the sides

You had great timing though - I really like the shot for the timing aspect and I love the tongue hanging out. Facial expressions often make for the best sports shots.

I would say your midtones are too dark - tough exposure to get right in-camera but easily fixed in PP. Some levels or dodging work will bring out the midtones better. As the other two mentioned however, the softness is an issue. I'm inclined to lean towards a mis-focus over motion blur but it could be either.

Still very nice shot - especially if you're not used to action shooting. Keep up the good work and look forward to seeing more from you!
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I love the tongue hanging out.
It definately shows the concentration and determination. (I do it.) But its also a good way to shorten it.
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Old Feb 9, 2007, 7:20 PM   #8
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... especially in ultimate.
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