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Old Aug 14, 2012, 3:41 PM   #1
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Default Olympics Table Tennis

Hi All,

This is the first time I've posted any photos, so I hope I do it right. I've put them on Flickr and put the links below.

These are from the Olympics, and I was about 60m away from the table. I was using my new canon 40D with a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens.

I'd really appreciate your critique, as this is my first DSLR and its first sporting outing.




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Old Aug 15, 2012, 7:00 AM   #2
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Well - table tennis isn't a sport I shoot so I can't give specifics on that sport. But, in general these shots are simply framed far too loosely to be good sports shots. The problem is - it is exceedingly difficult to take good sports shots as a fan in the stands. If you want to practice shooting sports, do it at a lower level of competition where you can get close to the action - and, if you're using that lens, do it outdoors where you have plenty of light. I saw the tennis shots and I would suggest finding a sport where you don't have a barrier like a fence between you and the subjects. A big part of sports photography is your shooting position. That makes it very difficult to practice when you can't get close to the action or when there are fences between you and the action.
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Old Aug 15, 2012, 7:17 AM   #3
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Thanks John. I know my position was terrible at the table tennis, but thought I'd give it a try. I've got some nosebleed tickets for the paralympics later in the month. I'll take my camera, but I'm not expecting much. I'll concentrate on the local club and little league stuff for now.
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