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Old Apr 21, 2008, 8:24 PM   #1
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OK, so the team I was shooting is only 2-6. Their opponent has one of the best pitchers in the state. She had 16 strike-outs during this game. So not a lot of offensive shots. C&C welcome:



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6. Different kind of shot but I kind of liked it:



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Old Apr 22, 2008, 2:36 AM   #2
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John,

Great work as always. Quick question for you and I'm sure you had a reason, in photo 1 why did you choose to go landscape rather than portrait?

Photo 4, I would have framed the subject a little more to the right (my reasoning is the ball coming from left to right, framing the player a little more to the right would make the photo seem less crowded) hope that makes sense, and this is just my opinion.

As always your timing and anticipation of the shot is impeccable.

Again, many thanks to the truly fine photographers in this forum, I have learned so much from you guys.

I feel uncomfortable leaving any comments because I feel like you guys are my instructors.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 8:28 AM   #3
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George,

Thanks for the feedback. It is very much appreciated. Don't ever feel bad about commenting. It's how everybody learns - and I can assure you I'm still learning :G

On shot 1 - it's a landscape crop of a portrait shot.

On shot 4 - good point - I agree with your assessment.

Thanks again for taking time to provide feedback.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 4:43 PM   #4
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JohnG,

I too like #6. The dust flying from her feet and that look of gunning down the runner is what makes it for me.

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Old Apr 22, 2008, 10:31 PM   #5
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Great work as always. I especially like 2 & 3. I agree that #6 is interesting - good expression kind of framed by the runner in the foreground.

What lens were you using?
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Old Apr 23, 2008, 6:17 AM   #6
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John, an excellent series as usual. What I really like about the group as a whole is the fact that the ball is captured in significant motion in five of the eight shots (including #3 where it appears the ball is just making contact with the glove). Where were you on shutter speed on these?

The action of the slide and the catch make #3 my favorite of this group, but another that hasn't been mentioned in comments, I liked was #8. The eyes fixed on the ball sell this shot to me.

I like the concept of #6, but it just didn't work for me as well as it might have. The runner is too out of focus for me to recognize the situation quickly. Perhaps backing off the zoom a little or shooting with a little longer DOF would make it clearer to me.

Until I tried it, I never realized how hard it is to shoot good defensive action on baseball/softball, so all of these get applause from me. If the weather will allow it, I plan to go out for a while Friday evening and try again with HS action.

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Nice series John, Great anticipation to get so many close to glove catches! my fav's being #'s 2 & 8, I like #3 but on my monitor focusappears slightly off!. Kind regards Graham.
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thanks everyone

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Great work as always. I especially like 2 & 3. I agree that #6 is interesting - good expression kind of framed by the runner in the foreground.

What lens were you using?
Sigma 120-300 2.8. Great for softball but 300mm is a bit short for baseball.

Graham - I agree that shot is a bit soft.
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Old Apr 23, 2008, 9:54 AM   #9
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Thanks John.



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John, you don't need me to tell you that these are good so I won't :blah:LOL.

Don't you just hate it when a great moment is slightly oof as in #3 but cool action.
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