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Old Aug 29, 2011, 7:09 AM   #1
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From this weekend...

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 8:25 AM   #2
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Overall a very nice series Sam.

shot 1: nice action and decent sharpness. The shot is underexposed by a good stop though. And you've cut off part of the arm of one of the players.

shot 2: great timing and good framing. Shot is still under-exposed though - this one is closer so should be easy to adjust exposure in post processing.

shot 3: still underexposed. Also the shot appears to be front-focused. At 200mm and f5.6 both players should be in good focus but the defender's face looks OOF. Timing on this shot is also a bit off - I'd like to think there had to be a better shot in the sequence with better interaction.

shot 4: nice action - exposure is much much better here.
shot 5: nice shot - good faces, good action - still a tad underexposed though.

Overall very nice set!
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Old Aug 29, 2011, 8:55 AM   #3
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Thanks John!

It didn't dawn on me until just now... I forgot the iris closes down as I zoom in. I'll have to keep that in mind when I zoom in the next game. I get caught in the "heat of the moment" (my son is pictures #2 & 3 lol).

I'll be honest, while I can see #3 is dark, I thought the better exposure was #5... #4 looks a little overexposed to me, although that could be my monitor.

Do you have any tips for shooting when the subjects are backlit? We had two games Saturday and I only shot 1/2 of each (with our offense coming toward me and the sun at my back). I was afraid if I shot the other half (again with our offense coming toward me), their bodies would create so much shadow I wouldn't be able to get my exposure right (similar to #3 with the boy in yellow).

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Old Aug 29, 2011, 9:33 AM   #4
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I'll be honest, while I can see #3 is dark, I thought the better exposure was #5... #4 looks a little overexposed to me, although that could be my monitor.
For me, faces are the most interesting part of a photo - so that's how I judge my exposures. The reality is dynamic range is often too great to have everything exposed properly. So, you have to ask yourself - what element(s) of the photo are important to expose properly.

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Do you have any tips for shooting when the subjects are backlit? We had two games Saturday and I only shot 1/2 of each (with our offense coming toward me and the sun at my back). I was afraid if I shot the other half (again with our offense coming toward me), their bodies would create so much shadow I wouldn't be able to get my exposure right (similar to #3 with the boy in yellow).
The answer is to shoot manual and shoot tight. If you set the exposure to expose faces properly you're fine - the problem is you cannot then shoot action past your position. So with strong directional lighting you have to set your exposure for one way or the other and stick to that. Now, realize with strong back lighting when you follow my advice the background will be blown out - sky will look terrible. So, what I recommend is trying to shoot from in those situations. Instead of shooting nothing, position yourself so sun is 45 - 90 degrees off your side and get the shots you can.
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