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Old Dec 5, 2005, 10:20 AM   #1
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Old Dec 8, 2005, 6:11 PM   #2
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I like this one. Looks like a showdown. Left or right...who twitches first. What are you shooting with.

I've just started doing my sons' games and am still trying to learn what shots work for team action shots. I've mostly taken tight crops of players on drives or foul shots, which I like, but when I pull back, get alot of arms and backs. I would like to get some that show this type of confrontation.

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That a cool shot.

From a more court-side angle, you could have got the reaction shot of the kids on the bench in the background.

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Old Dec 27, 2005, 10:06 PM   #4
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I use a Digital Rebel XT with a cheapie Canon 50mm f1.8 for this gym. When I shoot at the local college I use a Canon 100mm f2.0

Terry is the resident expert on sports shots and I am still feeling my way through. I shoot alot of burst shots and some selective singles. This shot was a no brainer and it turned out pretty well. On a burst, if I capture 7 or 8 images, there is usually one or two useable ones. When shooting action, IMHO, burst is the way to go and will increase your chances of getting a cool shot.

My vantage point in this gym isnt ideal. It is called The Pit. The floor sits down in sort of a pit. The seats begin about 5 feet above floor level and work higher, stadium stylle. Terry, thats one reason why I croppedthe kids on the sideline. That and the shallow DOF because of the 1.8 I used made the blurmore of a distraction than an enhancement, so I cropped it. I am going to try the next game at 2.8 instead of 1.8 and see what that does for me.

I dont try and get my close up shots with the camera. As Terry says, shoot wide and crop later. I probably crop 95% of my action shots. Its a little different with a stationary subject, such as foul shots because you know the subject isnt going to move on you so you can zoom in closer.

You might also try some vertical shots and dont forget to get the feet in the shot. In most of my best shots, it looks like a special olympics game where none of the players have feet.

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