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JohnG Sep 8, 2006 10:58 PM

A few from tonight:

Finally got one perfect:

Commin' right at ya:

Open field runnin'

Forget that weak @## arm tackle:

The one that got away:

Kick return (great op for easy action):

Leavin' em in the dust:

More bodies flyin' - have I mentioned that I love that?

Lookin' down field:

soliz39 Sep 9, 2006 8:05 AM

Way cool John. . :cool:

JohnG Sep 10, 2006 10:40 AM

Thanks for looking Soliz39!

Shell Sep 10, 2006 12:06 PM

Great Shots John! Good vivid colors! #2,8,& 9 are my favorites!

urbanaries Sep 12, 2006 8:33 AM

These are fantastic John! #2 is my fave but they are all superbly captured.

Boily Sep 12, 2006 11:02 AM

:cool:Some very clear shots, good job, well done !!

GoCubs Sep 13, 2006 8:07 PM

Great shots John! I want to be you when I grow up!!:blah:
Fantastic example's of the techniques you try to teach us with your info in your responses!

JohnG Sep 14, 2006 7:08 AM

GoCubs wrote:

Great shots John! I want to be you when I grow up!!:blah:
No you don't - I'm an Indians fan. Of course that means we're both used to "wait till next year" :blah:

Thanks everyone for the comments!

Tamsfam Sep 20, 2006 12:40 PM


You really are good at catching some GREAT action! I still think its harder on the field then up in the stands to catch the play....but I anyway I agree I wanna be like you when I grow up too!;)

I really do lean alot from you guys and your posts.

Oh and no need to comment on the learning curve.......It sure is a long one!:doh:

JohnG Sep 20, 2006 1:00 PM

Tamsfam wrote:

I still think its harder on the field then up in the stands to catch the play....but

Tammie, thanks for the compliment. Man is your statement here dead-on!!! It's SOOOO much easier to see the action develop when you're further away and can see the whole playing field. Now, get right up on the action and stick a camera to your face and you find yourself missing all sorts of missed opportunities. I really do find myself missing much more of the game - especially in something like football where the action can spread out over 40 yards.

As for getting better - I've already said you've gott the knack, just keep practicing and keep getting feedback and acting on that feedback. I think it also helps to shoot games (for any sport) with an eye towards getting shots of every player and not just the 'peak action'. You'll be surprised how much action there is that doesn't involve the person with the ball. Try to force yourself to get a good picture of an offensive tackle, for instance. It forces you to look at other aspects of the game (not just the quarterback throwing and running back running) and will really improve your eye and timing. Plus, quite frankly, as a photographer there's only so many shots you can take of a guy running with the ball. It keeps your mind fresh and active.

The bad news is: once you start doing all this, your 'keeper rate' will initially go down - as you'll get more self critical. The good news is the curve will swing back and your keeper rate will go back up and the quality and variety of your keepers will improve.

Besides, every time someone here posts it gives the rest of us ideas and inspirations. So, it's in my own interests for you to keep posting here :G

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