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Old Aug 29, 2010, 10:18 PM   #1
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working on this shot in practice-its a shame his eyes were closed
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Old Aug 30, 2010, 7:54 AM   #2
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Nice capture. I'd suggest cropping more off the left of the photo and bring in the blacks a little more. But really a nice shot!
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Old Aug 30, 2010, 10:31 AM   #3
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thanks john- by the way, im also shooting behind the backstop to get a head on picture of the pitcher. any advice john on how just to freeze the baseball and have the pitcher out of focus? do i try to focus on just the ball as it leaves the pitchers hand? shooting with the d90, is the 4000 max shutter enough to freeze the ball in focus or would i need shutter up to 8000 of a sec like the d700 has?
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Old Aug 30, 2010, 10:38 AM   #4
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you have 2 separate problems with that type of shot:
1) getting the ball in focus but pitcher blurred. Which means you need to get the ball in focus well after it leaves the pitcher's hand.

2) freezing the ball.

In all honesty, while I've seen the type of shot executed well by some photogs I've never tried it myself. So I'm not sure what technique is involved with accomplishing the feat - but you do want the ball closer to the batter than the pitcher - first so the ball is larger in the frame and second so the pitcher is more blurred. I'll be very curious to hear how the experiment goes!
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first off, nice timing on the first shot. as john mentioned if you cropped a bit of the left and worked on the levels a bit, look even better.


"disclaimer: i don't shoot sports" I am wondering if you could accomplish the baseball picture this way. first off, pick a distance you want to capture the ball at, so if its 10 feet from the batter, manual focus to that plane. set your aperture wide open. then basically set your camera on high speed and hope that you get lucky. i think with enough pitches you should have a shot or 2 where the shutter goes off at the time the ball passes within the plane of focus?
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thanks for the advice guys- i try to soak up as much as i can when others offer advice-much appreciated
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This is at 1/1000 you could get away with lower i bet.

the best bet to get the ball in focus is to set the focus to manual, and set the focus point somewhere between the pitcher and batter, and just go out guns blazing. I doubt that the af will deliberately catch a moving ball heading directly at you. You may get one on a fluke though.



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Nice shot with exceptions already noted, also for the ball in focus this is a feat as stated of luck. Pre focus with lens set to manual so it doesnt move after you depress the shutter and let her rip at the highest FPS you can. Faster bodies will have the best success rate with this. Tracking the ball with AF isnt going to happen unless its a lobbed slow pitch softball.
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