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Old May 17, 2008, 2:22 PM   #1
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Not quite the same game as some of the posts I see from 'across the pond'. Seemed like if the girls got close to each other the ref blew the whistle (plus the sun was out :G... Here's what I came up with.Shot with CanonRebelXT and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 - Av Mode/Manual). C&C Welcome!

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"1. Pretty harsh sun going down behind the players in the first half



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4. More 'Sportrait' than action shot, but at least I could see faces in the second half...



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6. Goal #4 (Final score Cary Christian (white) 4 - St. Davids 0)






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Old May 18, 2008, 8:09 AM   #2
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Nice series and you are right, some of my least favorite conditions to shoot in.

Main thing I would say is get lower when shooting so you are shooting up rather than down at the players.
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Old May 18, 2008, 11:04 AM   #3
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Nice series, you've done very well with the exposures in such harsh conditions. #5 is my pick!. Kind regards Graham.
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Old May 18, 2008, 4:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the comments.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"On the side I was shooting into the sun, there's a huge hill just past the end line, so that's the only option - the good news is on the other end, theres a huge down-hill, slope so I could really shoot up (ant's eye view)..
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Old May 18, 2008, 4:36 PM   #5
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Ah, that explains it.Shooting with a back lit subject is interesting and you have to use manual settings but you can get some lovely results. I don't have any to hand but well worth working with it. It's better if you can get the light as much behind as possible and expose for the skin tones.
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Jason, you've caught a really nice series, especially with the lighting. (See my Spring Football game series to see how this light should NOT be handled.)

Because of my affinity for goalkeepers, my favorite position to coach, I have to say #3 is far and away my favorite. You've caught a nearly impossible moment as the offensive player goes for the header simultaneous to the catch by the keeper. Not only that, you've managed to capture the faces of both players. Nicely done.

#5 also good, because of the level of intensity of the action. JohnG drilled into my head when I first started coming to this forum the mantra...."Ball, faces, opponent".... and I still consider that about the best piece of advice I've received on sports shooting. #3 and #5 both illustrate this point beautifully.

Looks like you've gotten more of a handle on PP, specifically Levels and USM. Even with the difficult lighting, each of these shots has pop.

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2 thumbs up! very nice!
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