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06-14-2014, 06:25 PM   #1711
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QuoteOriginally posted by jppp Quote
Finnish U19 football again. This time in rain. K-5 + Tamron 70-200mm f2.8.










Despite the guy tearing the shirt, #15 scored a goal.

I was completely not prepared to shoot in the rain and it just got heavier and heavier. The Tamron seemed to have survived, I wasn't worried about the camera.
Very nice jalkapallo action shots.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ex Finn. Quote
Very nice jalkapallo action shots.
Kiitti hei, for the nice words ;D
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When men played baseball. Outs were called hands. No mitts or protective gear. There was a set of bleachers for unescorted women to sit where men could not bother them. No called strikes or balls unless the batter was letting good pitches go by or the hurler (pitcher) was not delivering the ball for the batter to hit. The object was to let the batter hit the ball. Not a great photo but I thought you might get a kick out or it. Lens was a Tamron 70-210 f3.5
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A bit quiet here, so I'll step in.
Our team started the Finnish U19 championship well, but lately we've been struggling a bit. With just one game left in the season, we're now 4th and it all comes down to the last round on saturday when four teams decide the top four positions. We are in the contest for places between 2nd and 4th.
Unlike several previous seasons, I've not been travelling with the team around the country, but only been shooting the home matches - and a couple of the latest away matches as well. I still use the K-5 with the Tamron 70-200 f2.8, but the combo's mileage is starting to show a bit. It once took a direct hit from the ball during one match etc. and I think there might be something a bit wrong with the lens. Certainly a lot of dust and crap inside it.

Anyhoow, here are a couple of shots since the previous ones:


My son scoring an equalizer in the local derby, which we ultimately lost.


This guy is just phenomenal with the ball - and we won this game.


No goals in this match, and mainly the other team's goalie (also in the picture) managed to piss our players off so bad, one of them was thrown out. So, this one shot gives a pretty good idea of the match.


A difficult match against a team, who are the main candidates for the championship. This match was a 1-1 tie and this guy has just scored the equalizer for us.


In this match we were lucky because the other guys were better. However, we managed a 3-1 win and I've managed to get better and better goal celebration pictures lately.


Another 0-2 win for us and pretty darn difficult to shoot this match. The sun was quite low and the background was a very dark forest.


Another derby and another defeat. Nuff said.


The first match for my son (airbourne) for more than 3 months after having torn two ligaments off the bone in a match in June. Wrong jerseys, neither of the coaches could make it to the game, and another defeat for us. And goodbye to the championship at the same time.


And the latest match which we won for a change. This guy managed to shrugg the other guy off of himself, took a couple of steps and shot the ball into the net. The first, liberating goal of the match after which the other team didn't stand a chance. The final score 6-1.

WARNING! The following image was shot with a non-Pentax!!!

Sony NEX-6 + Sigma 60mm f2.8. I just thought it would be nice to show the starting line-up of the second-to-last match in the championship. Surprisingly there are only 2 guys born in 1995 in the picture, who will end their junior career this week. My son's age group has evaporated during the season for various reasons: injuries, military service, some have quit, etc.

So, only one match left and it's going to be played in a football hall with a terrible lighting system. I'll be there, but I predict that the pictures will be bad.
This will also mark my retirement from junior football. My son will probably take his chances and wants to see, where his skills can get him with this sport. Who knows, maybe I'll have more to show in the future. But will the pictures be shot with a K-5 or even a Pentax? Remains to be seen.


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10-02-2014, 05:39 AM   #1715
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QuoteOriginally posted by jppp Quote
so I'll step in.
Glad you did--very nice set! Too bad about the last shot: it could have been very good.

Also too, your son showed off some serious air in that shot--I'm impressed.
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Too bad about the last shot
My sincere appologies. I could not help myself. I deserve being outcast and condemned by the entire Pentax community. </sarcasm>
And yes, my son is usually the one who jumps the highest. And that's how he injured his ankle, by landing with a serious twist. But in that picture, I think he's already coming down, because he's already dealt with the ball.
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Those are engaging shots.
Have you considered shooting with a vertical orientation? Often, but not always, that works better for me.

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Have you considered shooting with a vertical orientation?
Only when shooting individual players in close-ups and non-action situations. Somehow I feel that I can't fit the action in vertical shots. For me this is quite a horizontal game.

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Try it. While the game as a whole moves horizontally, for photography it can be otherwise. Your last two action shots for example, would have filled the frame nicely vertically.
It took me awhile to reorient my shooting reflexes, but I'm getting better shots of soccer now than I did.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Miguel Quote
Try it. While the game as a whole moves horizontally, for photography it can be otherwise. Your last two action shots for example, would have filled the frame nicely vertically.
Thanks for the tip. I'll have to give it a try.
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Some volleyball pics. Insufficient lighting made things difficult but I kept trying.





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Some volleyball pics. Insufficient lighting made things difficult but I kept trying.
Excellent perspective on the first shot. From that vantage point you can get the intensity of the faces on both sides of the net.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Miguel Quote
Excellent perspective on the first shot. From that vantage point you can get the intensity of the faces on both sides of the net.

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Thank you very much Miguel.

After I moved around, I discovered that that was my favorite spot for the very reason you mentioned. I still continued to move around though to avoid the monotony of single vantage point.
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Alerting everyone that Ron has started a new "Sports Photography" thread which is open to all Pentax bodies.
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Defensive Header Sequence

Going through some old K-5 sports shots. Here's a mighty header by JÚrome Polenz (JÚrome Polenz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) as he defends against a corner kick in an A-League (Australia's premier soccer league) match between the Brisbane Roar (orange jerseys) & the Western Sydney Wanderers (striped jerseys) at Suncorp Stadium, Milton, Brisbane on 13th January 2013.

K-5 & Sigma 70-200/F2.8 II @ 200mm FL, 1/640s, f/4, ISO400. Most stadiums have a maximum lens FL restriction of 200mm. This restriction, and not be able to be close to the edge of the field, means heavy cropping which makes it difficult to get sharp detail, particularly on the far side of the field. This was a late-afternoon match and the stadium was fully in shadow when these shots were taken. Also, the spectators in the background were the focus subject in most of the shots so I've had to correct for this and for the ball motion-blur due to the relatively slow 1/640s shutter speed, using FocusMagic & masking.









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