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johnandscooter Aug 3, 2010 6:10 PM

NFL - Baltimore Ravens Training Camp
Well I made it to training camp with my new 70-300mm IS USM lens.

I had tons of fun and learned so much. Thankfully I've been practicing with airplanes and dogs so I got to know my new lens before this trip. I think I got some decent photos.

All photos were taken in Av with largest aperture possible. My eye was always on the shutter speed to make sure it was faster than 1/1000. I used partial metering.

My only complaint was that I was extremely limited in my ability to move around. There were so many other fans that I was locked in one spot to preserve my front row location. This meant I couldn't be choosy with the backgrounds in each photo. But considering I didn't have a press pass my location was awesome.

I'd love to hear your comments on these few. There are many more posted on flickr at[email protected]/
if you're interested.

[edit - i removed the 700 pixel paint shop pro resized photos and just linked from flickr below so they are more clear]

johnandscooter Aug 3, 2010 6:52 PM

Interesting... the resized photos aren't too clear. The originals on flickr are much sharper I think.

[edit -- see photos below]

JohnG Aug 3, 2010 7:06 PM

Yes - when you attach a photo that is too large to this site, the software here automatically re-sizes it and it's not an advanced algorithm so there's always a good loss of sharpness. If you use links that doesn't happen.

Also notice - even at the shutter speeds you used there is still motion blur in hands and feet. That's why people who say '1/500' is enough usually don't shoot a lot of sports. You can never have enough shutter speed to freeze motion.

You'll also see focus is a shade off on some when you view at larger size - you're going to have that. Fortunately the greater DOF of f5.6 (or there-abouts) helps hide that problem.

For a first time doing this you did a great job. You've got some very good action and you ended up with nice tight framing. If you go again, the next step is to incorporate exposure compensation so that you bias the exposure a bit - that way faces in the helmets are more visible. It's easier when they're wearing the dark jerseys as the exposure the camera uses will be a bit brighter - when you're shooting players in the white with sunlight it's tougher - you can easily have a 2+ stop difference between the face and the jersey in those cases.

But really, really good first stab at it. You did very well!

johnandscooter Aug 3, 2010 7:16 PM

Thanks for your comments John. I went into this little exercise with your previous advice: tight framing and get the faces exposed.

I'll look into the exposure compensation idea and how it would have applied to this. I'm a little confused but I haven't read into it yet.

Thanks again!

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Mark2009 Aug 3, 2010 9:28 PM

Really nice shots, I am trying to get up to see the NY Giants this week, will be first time shooting that kind of shots, will post if I get there,,

raiderfan Aug 4, 2010 11:48 AM

Nice pics.... must be painful to watch a Ravens practice, yet alone a game.....


jk nice pics!!! Maybe we'll see you in the AFC Playoffs..... LOL

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