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Old Oct 28, 2013, 6:13 AM   #1
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From the last league game yesterday...
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Any tips/suggestions are wanted, but I specifically wanted to know about the cropping on #4 (all photos have been cropped). I wasn't sure whether I should leave the foreground player entirely included (but then I felt it took away from the players fighting for the ball) or clone him out.

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ETA: I just now noticed the stripe at the top of #4. That can be easily cropped or cloned out. I'm just a little burned out right now. :P
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Old Oct 28, 2013, 8:51 AM   #2
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Specific to your question - the cropping on 4 looks good to me and is definitely preferable to having the entire player in the frame. He's there for a little bit of context and the current crop supports that. Any more and he would be too much of a distraction.
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Old Oct 28, 2013, 3:45 PM   #3
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Thanks John!
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Old Oct 30, 2013, 10:40 AM   #4
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Hi Sam,
some nice action caught!. my take for C&C are :-

#1 image is back focused! subjects are out of focus, (check out the guys head behind).
#2 I'd lose a little space from the left of frame also image is slightly "hot" ie overexposed.
#3 image slightly off focus & again "Hot".
#4 I'm torn on this but IMHO there is not enough of the foreground player to contribute so I'd level the image up for the goal uprights on the Right crop up 1/2 " & crop in from the left to exclude the white post in the distance!
This I know would leave in a slight portion of the front player in the frame but as an action shot I could live with that?, also tone down exposure as again it's a little over.

look forward to seeing more Sam .
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SamG;

Are you using Continuous Focus/Servo AI?
And single point focus?
That might help with #1.

On #4, if you removed the boy in front, then you'd need to remove the gent in the back standing at the edge of the grass.
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Thanks guys.

@Wall-E, I know I'm on single point, I don't remember if it's set to Continuous (I think it is, but I'm going off memory). The single point is the middle (unless I accidently hit the pad).

The yellow is my son's team (my son didn't get a highlight shot this game... his one goal I was too busy admiring as a dad and didn't even raise the camera lol). I have found it's hard to concentrate on photos when you're a fan.

I'll try to work on a couple of these in PS again.

@bluesman, I'm a little surprised you said #2 was overexposed, but I agree with #3.

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#2 again:


#4 again:
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SamG;

I actually think #4 is worse now.
There's no shame in not getting what you want every time.
All you can do is learn and move on.

Wish I could see the histogram on #2.
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SamG;

I actually think #4 is worse now.
There's no shame in not getting what you want every time.
All you can do is learn and move on.

Wish I could see the histogram on #2.
What do you see as "worse" on #4? I actually like it better with more of the foreground player, but was just trying the tighter crop. I should probably just straighten the original and clone out the post in the upper left.

I not anywhere near a professional. I'm just a parent, take better than average (in my opinion) action shots and distribute them to parents.

ETA: My exif viewer shows a histogram for the pictures, are you not seeing one?
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What do you see as "worse" on #4? I actually like it better with more of the foreground player, but was just trying the tighter crop. I should probably just straighten the original and clone out the post in the upper left.

I not anywhere near a professional. I'm just a parent, take better than average (in my opinion) action shots and distribute them to parents.

ETA: My exif viewer shows a histogram for the pictures, are you not seeing one?
You now have an 'orphaned' arm jumping in from the left edge. To me it looks unsettling.

I found the little icon for my browser extension. I now see the histogram fine.
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