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Old Mar 31, 2011, 6:09 PM   #1
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Default baseball shot.

This photo is taken from my set in the sports/action forum:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/sp...ce-photos.html

I''d love any feedback on this photo; the composition, ball blur, editing, etc...

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Old Mar 31, 2011, 6:39 PM   #2
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Not an expert on sport picks, but this looks great.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 7:04 PM   #3
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Hi,

As a first image, it is remarkably good. The detail, exposure, the color,
framing of the catcher and batter are just very well done. Really a nice photo.

The suggestions that I would have are:
When photographing a batter, try positioning (when possible) yourself so that you might be a tiny little bit more up the line towards first base. In sports photography, (IMHO) you always want to capture as much of the subjects face as is possible. In your photo, it is a minor point, but it would have
a really great shot if you could see more of his face.
Also, I would adjust the light to fill the batter's face. Currently, it's a bit too dark.
As for the ball, it is pretty darned good. My only suggestion would be using a higher shutter speed to freeze the ball, shooting in burst mode.

Really nicely done.
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Old Mar 31, 2011, 11:41 PM   #4
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I agree about the positioning, I was limited as to where I could stand because of another photographer who beat me to the prime spot, lol. But dont worry, i'll beat him to it next time! I'm also planning on buying a teleconverter for my 70-200 2.8... That will give me a little more variation as to where I can set up.

I was usually taking 4-5 shot bursts (at 6fps) when focusing on the batter or pitcher, shutter speeds ranging from 1/800s to 1/2000s of a second. I shot in Av mode, but maybe i'll consider shooting in full manual next time. But, because i'll probably be using a teleconverter, its gonna bump my f2.8 to around 4 instead. We'll see.

I will certainly concentrate on getting the eyes in view too. and a brighter face.

Thanks for the feedback guys!
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i lightened the face up a bit:
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 6:08 PM   #6
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Superb shot. Perfect time and everything else about it is spot on. You have all the elements of the game of baseball there except for the pitcher. Outstanding!!!
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Old Apr 1, 2011, 8:02 PM   #7
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As a baseball fan I love the shot. As a newbie shutterbug I love the shot. Have to ask if that turned out to be a foul down the first base line with the batter's position.
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As a baseball fan I love the shot. As a newbie shutterbug I love the shot. Have to ask if that turned out to be a foul down the first base line with the batter's position.
My first though is he is taking, not swinging
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Thanks bynx, medic!

If i remember correctly, he did not swing. He started, but held back, hence the bat pointed in a strange direction. Im not sure though. I tried looking back into my cull pile to find the other shots from this swing, but apparently it wasn't a 'spray and pray' shot, but instead a single timed shot. aka... luck. lol
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