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Old Feb 26, 2006, 12:20 PM   #1
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Digital Rebel XT, Canon 85mm f1.8. AWB, ISO1600, shot in manual, 1/500 f2.8


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Old Feb 26, 2006, 12:57 PM   #7
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Your getting a good amount of light, and the focus seems to be pretty good.

The F2.8 is giving you decent depth of field.

Plus the lens is probably sharpening up a bit in comparison to using it wide open.

Beyond that, its a question whether your happy with your composition, point of view, etc etc.

What are your thoughts?


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To be honest, I am generally satisfied with the image quality I am getting. Obviously, the more shallow the DOF, the more focus issues I get and as I am able to increase it, I get an increased sense of satisfaction from my results. Also, the higher the F number, the higher number of keepers, not surprisingly.

The last fewgames, I have experimented more. It took me awhile to figure out that what one sees on ths small camera LCD bears little resemblence to what you see on a 19 inch LCD. I will just keep pushing ahead and experimenting and learning what worls and what doesnt.

I always wish I was able to shoot from a better position which would give my shots a different perspective. I do have to work more on composition but its just hard in basketball. The shots you are able to set up and frame properly are not the action shots that capture the heat of the moment.

I still have alot to learn and I am really enjoying what I am able to produce. I want to try 'people photography'. That is a whole different animal. I seem to do better with people when they are not posing, catching that candid moment. I havent been able to satisfy myself in the least when it comes to something loosely resemblibg portrait photography. Something else to work on ....

Here are two candids that I do like ...
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Yah, great portraits!

Basically I've found the same process.

Just keep trying, repeating, trying something new.

If you keep trying to improve a narrow area of expertise (ie. courtside basketball photos), it definitelly improves your photography overall.

One thing I learned from Ansell Adams (not personally, but by observing his work and work ethic), is not to try to be an expert at everything.

Adams took the problem of nature photography, and more specifically the great mountains of Yosemite, and worked and refined his photography, printing, etc. over a long period of time and "mastered" what he set out to do.

The result was great images, as well as an American understanding that our outdoors are "comparable" to the classic European scenes, and that we must do what we can to preserve what we have.

So, find every extra little bit of knowledge you can garner to make your basketball pictures the best they can be.

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