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Old Sep 20, 2009, 11:06 PM   #1
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Default My Very First Youth Football

Okay, so I rented the 100-400 for two weeks. So far I have tried a little baseball and soccer. I liked the extra reach for baseball but was not as happy with the results in soccer (DOF increased =bad backgrounds and extra reach was often lost by other players in the way).

Saturday I got to take some shots of youth football with this lens and really see how the extra reach is needed for football. There was pro there a SportsShooter member carrying two 1Ds, one with the same lens and the other with a 400mm f/2.8. Wow what a setup!

It was a cloudy day which helped.

Here are a few of the shots from the 7 an 8 year olds. This is my first REAL attempt at youth football (have tried HS from the stands - no field access) so please feel free to add any comments or suggestions.

1. This kid was strong for an 8 year old and broke a bunch of tackles.



2. I liked this even though I cut off his feet and hand (he was getting closer) because it has the ref signaling the TD n background.



3. Same kid a little later being drug down.



4. Here the defense had him stopped so he decided to hand off to a team mate - It was funny but drew the Yellow Flag!



5. One in landscape mode - The local home team has two teams in each age division, and the blue teams are younger in each group so there were very a lot less Blue highlights.



6. Next three are not actions shots, but I tried to get the linemen too as they (and their parents) may want to see their pictures even if they are not the ball handlers - Do others try to make an effort include this kind of shot?


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Old Sep 21, 2009, 10:01 AM   #2
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Griffina-from a spectator point of view-I really like your shots. I think you have done well.
I agree with your comments on #2.
#7 needs a little selective fill light on the faces.
#8 The headless ref leaves me feeling ill!
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Andy; Overall they look very good and you should be happy with what you've captured. Some small things to consider.
#2 yeah his foot is cutoff. But you realize that.
#6 I would like to see the QBs face in focus also (increased DOF).
#5 and 8 look just a little flat to me, not much. Maybe it was the overcast? Maybe bump up saturation (except for blue) and contrast just a little.
Good job.
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Griffina-from a spectator point of view-I really like your shots. I think you have done well.
I agree with your comments on #2.
#7 needs a little selective fill light on the faces.
#8 The headless ref leaves me feeling ill!
Thanks for sharing.

Thanks robintrade for the comments.

Good point - I will go back and brighten those faces in #7

That is funny about #8. I had not even noticed the headless ref. A little early for Halloween I guess.

Thanks again,
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Andy; Overall they look very good and you should be happy with what you've captured. Some small things to consider.
#2 yeah his foot is cutoff. But you realize that.
#6 I would like to see the QBs face in focus also (increased DOF).
#5 and 8 look just a little flat to me, not much. Maybe it was the overcast? Maybe bump up saturation (except for blue) and contrast just a little.
Good job.
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Mike,


Thanks so much for the comments and suggestions.

Yeah, I hated the QB was so soft even though I was going for the linemen.

I actually experimented with the saturation a little for first time. It is a neat tool I need to learn how to use it.

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