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Old Sep 17, 2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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A few shots from the hundreds I'm still sorting through from the Shanghai Rugby Sevens last weekend ...... I was second shooter to a Pro so I must admit with a media pass I had great pitch-side access.









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Old Sep 17, 2011, 11:23 AM   #2
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I'm not sports photo expert by any means, but these look really excellent to me...nice close ups and good facial expressions which convey the intensity of the action. The last one could use some straightening, but other than that they look good!

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Wow! I'd heard rugby was a rough game. You really captured that here. Some nice action shots there.

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Some amazing captures of the intense action - great job!
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They look good to me, but then I don't shoot sports. I agree with Patty, you sure captured the roughness of the game, and the intensity that it's played with. The last one really is nice, and I agree, it could use a bit of straightening. What will you use for a guide? I've found using vertical lines seem to be better guides than horizontal lines, unless you are straight to the horizontal surface. I wonder what others use. Also, what lens did you use?
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Nice job, Kev!
You captured some truly intense action in these.
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These are great Kevin! I love the facial expressions -- as others have said they show the roughness and intensity of the game.
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Great series, really like the first one best, especially for the intensity of that guys face.

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Thank you very much for your kind comments ; Jehan, Patty, Mole, Harriet, John, Mtnman and Ronny !

I'm glad you all enjoyed them ! Rugby is a great game, I played it for 8 years and really loved playing it. The World Cup that is on now is marvelous, the world's 3rd largest sporting event and well worth watching if you get the opportunity (especially teams like Fiji and Samoa, who are not be expected to make the later stages but play the game with such flair & panache) !

Sevens rugby is even more fun and it gives different types of players a stage to perform on (Fiji and England are currently at the top in 2011 but NZ are always there or thereabouts too). Ladies also look great at the fast paced and the try-laden 7 a side version.

Harriet : I used the DA*300 and Sigma 50-150/2.8 for these shots. Straightening is not easy, the angles I was shooting at almost all have diverging lines from the advertisers' banners but the players are relatively straight vertically (those that are upright that is ). Sometimes it's difficult to know which lines to straighten as some people will notice horizontal more than vertical and vice-versa However I do use the guidelines in Aperture 3 and almost always use the vertical lines to straighten shots.
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Sometimes it's difficult to know which lines to straighten as some people will notice horizontal more than vertical and vice-versa However I do use the guidelines in Aperture 3 and almost always use the vertical lines to straighten shots.
Kevin, I find that lines that are not vertically aligned tend to stand out more than those that are not horizontally aligned. I always look for a vertical reference first, and if one is not available, I use a horizontal reference. Hope this helps!

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