New Lens - First Use - First time shooting sport

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  1. Tony8

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    Received a new 55-250 lens for my birthday (first additional lens since buying my Canon 650D with 18-55 kit lens), so thought I would give it a whirl at the cricket. Loving the extra reach it gives me and although it's early days, it seems really good value for money.

    Anyway, this is my first go at sports photography and although I feel that I learned a lot from the day, I would really like some feedback/critique on these if you would be so kind :smashin:

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    Cricket by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket - On the Boundary by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket - Spin Attack by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket - Out! by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

    This is the LINK to the set, if you would like to see the rest.

    Thanks for looking :)
     
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    nice stuff - I reckon I prefer #5 from this set :)
     
  3. Tony8

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    Cheers, Jim!

    It was the only shot I caught where a wicket fell - seems it really is all about timing and anticipation when shooting sports.
     
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    .....and "burst mode" ;)
     
  5. Tony8

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    ...indeed! Hadn't remembered to flick it on at that point, but did soon after :)
     
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    Any sports shooters around? Or just anyone who can give me some pointers, please? I'm looking to improve, so really don't mind people ripping my photos apart and telling me where I've gone wrong. TIA :smashin:
     
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    Hi Tony,

    I used to be a keen sports photographer (amongst other photograhpy) and happy to give you some pointers.

    It is important with any action photo is try and get the ball in the frame, whether it is cricket, football, rugby. There is no point getting a great photo of a kicker with his leg up in the air and expression on his face, when the ball miles up in the air and out of frame :D Or anticipation and timing is key.

    Likewise it is also great if you show emotion in face shots of atheletes, boxers, players etc..

    Also try and minimise background distractions. (photo 1)

    Composition needs to be tight.

    I quite like photo 3's compostion and story telling.
     
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    Hi Geege,

    Thanks very much for imparting some advice on these, much appreciated and all sounds like sensible stuff to keep in mind the next time I'm shooting sports. Glad #3 worked for you :)

    Cheers!
     
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    Ventured out again today for some more cricket as I enjoyed last week so much. Tried to remember all the pointers I had received here and elsewhere, but it seems that sometimes distracting backgrounds cannot be avoided :mad:

    Anyway, here we go, tried something different with a few of these - any feedback, advice or critique will be much appreciated :thumbsup:

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    Cricket by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket - That'll be four more... by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

    #3
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    Cricket by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket - Tactics by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket - Stumped! by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

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    Cricket by Tony_Richardson, on Flickr

    This is the LINK to the rest of the set, if you would like to click through to see them larger. Cheers!
     
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    Some good shots there. Here's some constructive feedback
    1. Excellent shot this one, good framing, timing, caputre of expression on his face concentrating on the ball, which is nicely in the frame. No distractions.
    2. Good timing, shame we can't see the fielder's facial expression (you can't help that) , You are left wondering, "Did he catch it or not" which is nice.
    3. Excellent composition and focusing and use of DOF. I like this one.
    4. I would have framed this tighter to include the two batsmen only. Shame about the distraction right in the middle on them though.
    5. Good timing, although where's the ball?
    6. I quite like this one too, nice effect, although If I want to be really picky the whole bat needs to be in frame.
     
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    Cheers Geege, glad you like them. Thanks very much for the feedback :thumbsup:

    #2 - fielder missed it, hence the title of the shot :smashin:, but I like that it left you with a sense of wonder

    #4 - totally agree about the background, very frustrated that I did not grab another shot like this from another angle, or wait until a clean opportunity presented itself

    #5 - the ball is in the wicket keeper's glove, he was stumping the stranded batsman out. Goes against the "keep the ball in shot" rule, but I was short on flying bails shots, so included it :)

    #6 - totally agree that this is cropped to tightly at the top, this was intentional to avoid the messy background. Really I just wanted to see how this different type of shot would turn out
     

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