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08-19-2012, 08:31 PM   #901
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Our team, Sunnybank Saints U10 Vortex, have a week off before the coming semi-finals match. The coach asked the team to come to an informal match on Saturday so that they could keep working on improvements. Since there was no team to play against, the coach asked for relatives and friends (some of whom play soccer in older age grades) to make up an opposing team.

I want along planning to experiment as there was no self-imposed pressure on me to capture all the action. I've never seen a match with so much smiling.

I kept to the Sigma 70-200/F2.8 II, fully open, and varied positions, all sitting on the ground with the camera hand-held. I preferred the initial midpoint sideline shots as the background was less busy and the furthest distances weren't too bad.

Since there was a lot of action in the 1st half near the oppositions goal and end of the field, in the 2nd half I decided to position myself first at the opposition corner and then later next to their goal, thinking I'd get a lot of close action. However, perversely, most of the action occurred up the other end, so a lot of stuff was photographed at a large distance and with a busier background and with the sun behind them. In retrospect, I would have gotten better results in the 2nd half by staying at the mid-point sideline. (The field was N-S orientated.)

Often the OOF background became obtrusive @ f/2.8. I think this happens if the subject is a bit OOF.

I mainly wanted to practice shooting with the decoupling of AF from the shutter release button. I tried using the AF button with both Auto-AF (1st half) & Centre-point AF (2nd half). For me, Auto-AF gave better results, but this may well change as I get more experience with this way of shooting.

All shots shown here at f/2.8, 1/2500s-1/4000s, ISO100-ISO320.

1. Two Vortex players



2. My son kicks a ball which has his coach cowering for a change!



3. A nice shot. Maybe I'd recrop to have a little more space on the left.



4. This shot captures the spirit of the match well.



5.



A 4-shot sequence that has the coach directing even as he's playing against a Vortex player. The 3rd & 4th photos for me are quite emotive, with overtones of fostering, encouraging & directing the next generation.

6a.


6b.


6c.


6d.



7.



8. The OOF background is becoming intrusive.



9.



10. The face is slightly OOF, but the ball looks in focus. I could tighten this up with masking & applying Focus Magic to the palyer, but I haven't bothered with any major processing in these images.



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We had our first game of the season this past Friday. All shot with the K5 and Tamron 70-200 f/2.8.











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What mode is everyone using?
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What mode is everyone using?
I mostly use TAv setting.


#GvilleRick your images are fine, I like the first one the moist, but your colors are all over the place. So I guess some issues with white balance.

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Yesterday was the start for the new (and first) seazon for the womens soccerleague , that is this year a combination between The Netherlands and Belgium, called BeNe League. First game out of our hometeam PSV/FC Eindhoven against ADO Den Haag and I went on tour with Linda Dereksen, reporter for Eindhovens Dagblad. This is the first time that the womens league is been covered like a real (mens)soccergame. So play on friday evening and report and picture in the paper on saturday morning.



I would have choosen a different picture, but the article was about this player. I also would have printed it bigger and on the frontpage
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Yesterday was the start for the new (and first) seazon for the womens soccerleague , that is this year a combination between The Netherlands and Belgium, called BeNe League. First game out of our hometeam PSV/FC Eindhoven against ADO Den Haag and I went on tour with Linda Dereksen, reporter for Eindhovens Dagblad. This is the first time that the womens league is been covered like a real (mens)soccergame. So play on friday evening and report and picture in the paper on saturday morning.



I would have choosen a different picture, but the article was about this player. I also would have printed it bigger and on the frontpage
Nice work. Although I don't know the other shots, I think given the article is about here it's a very fitting shot! It shows her in control of her opponent and looking very cool about it in the process.
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Had our first road game last night and I decided to make the trip to see the stadium. The field is one of the few artificial ones in the area for high schools and was quite nice. I used the DA 55-300 at the beginning while the light was bright then switched to the Tamron 70-200. Looking forward to getting a Tamron 1.4 TC this week so I can just use the 70-200 with or without it. Here are some favorite shots from the night.











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At the World Triathlon Championships today:







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Great shots. Never been there, but seen it on the olympics (TV) and some pictures elswhere a few weeks ago.
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Second week of High School football. Three schools are using our stadium due to stadium safety issues with old bleachers. DA 55-300

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Another U17 match in the quest for the Finnish championship

We took another 10 hour bus trip 700 km up north to play a single match in the U17 Finnish championship series. Here's a couple of shots, all shot with K-5 and Tamron 70-200 f2.8, mostly wide open.


This guy scored twice, but he could've scored at least 6 times.


This is one of the times he didn't.


There was a massive paper mill in the background.


This guy arranged the 5th goal...


...after having run past all the other team's players he passes to another guy who scores.


This one is one of my favorites and it's basically a failed shot. I tried to capture the happy guys in the background who had just scored their 5th goal, but my K-5 (camera's fault, of course!) got the guy sitting on the ground disappointed. And to make it perfect, the ad in the guy's shirt says "Northern power", which gives a touch of irony to the image.

All the shots were taken sitting down on the ground. I think it makes a big difference giving a more dramatic angle, reduces the amount of the grass in the pictures etc. And both quests are still on: 1) my quest for documenting the entire season of this team and 2) the team's quest to win the championship. A 2-point lead with 6 games left, it's up for grabs... but we can still drop the ball and lose it. Next game tomorrow, and after that it's all decided within one month.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jppp Quote
We took another 10 hour bus trip 700 km up north to play a single match in the U17 Finnish championship series. Here's a couple of shots, all shot with K-5 and Tamron 70-200 f2.8, mostly wide open.


This guy scored twice, but he could've score at least 6 times.


This is one of the times he didn't.


There was a massive paper mill in the background.


This guy arranged the 5th goal...


...after having run past all the other team's players he passes to another guy who scores.


This one is one of my favorites and it's basically a failed shot. I tried to capture the happy guys in the background who had just scored their 5th goal, but my K-5 (camera's fault, of course!) got the guy sitting on the ground disappointed. And to make it perfect, the ad in the guy's shirt says "Northern power", which gives a touch of irony to the image.

All the shots were taken sitting down on the ground. I think it makes a big difference giving a more dramatic angle, reduces the amount of the grass in the pictures etc. And both quests are still on: 1) my quest for documenting the entire season of this team and 2) the team's quest to win the championship. A 2-point lead with 6 games left, it's up for grabs... but we can still drop the ball and lose it. Next game tomorrow, and after that it's all decided within one month.
Love that last shot! Weird that "failed" shots sometimes can turn out so well. Also, that Tamron got some crazy bokeh compared to my sigma (don't read "bad", just different).
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Love that last shot! Weird that "failed" shots sometimes can turn out so well. Also, that Tamron got some crazy bokeh compared to my sigma (don't read "bad", just different).
Yes, the bokeh seems a bit busy in some shots (the leaves of the trees etc) but it can also be very smooth, like in the second picture from the top. I don't mind, I just like the price/quality ratio of the glass ;D
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Great shot Ron, but nasty "strawberry" on her knee. Ouch!
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