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Posted By: mel, 07-30-2009, 04:11 AM

I got to go shoot some amateur and pro boxing with BrendanPK last Saturday night in Baltimore MD. I've been waiting for Brendan to post first but since he has more of a life than I do . . .

Anyway, I've never shot boxing before and never really paid much attention to it. But being right there ringside for it is an amazing experience. And I only got nailed by the ropes one time. So now I know the reason you shoot it with short lenses. There was another photographer there who is a professional sports shooter and is widely published in the major boxing magazines. He was very helpful and gave me some great advice for shooting.

Overall a fun time. These men are amazing athletes. I have a new respect for the sport and the type of conditioning they commit themselves too. I wasn't going to post any but Mike bullied me into it (jk mike). So here's a few.











This last one, as he was stepping into the ring, the photographers were told to get a lot of shots of the first round. We weren't sure if that was due to lots of confidence in the fighter or lack of confidence. Well this fighter won his bout by a knockout in 50 seconds (it's the guy lying on the mat above).


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Great series Mel - the action/sweat flying really make it tops for some of those images!

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Thanks Marc. Fortunately I managed to avoid being hit by the flying sweat.
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# 4 gets my vote too, you captured the precise moment !!!! And I see ZERO issues with these photos Mel, they look plenty sharp to me, come on!!! Enter the contest !!!
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nice shots mate

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Some good photos Mel. I particularly like the BW image where the boxer exudes power and concentration.

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Thanks all. I like the BW too for the same reasons. I did conversions on a few others as well and for such an intense sport, the images are really moody imo

Stratman - already entered.
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Wow! Mel, I think you've found your calling.

Every one of those action shots is money! The others are really good too, but the action is frozen in those. #2 is as good as it gets!
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lol thanks alan. yeah i could definitely shoot this again. i hope brendan will let me tag along again to the next event.

hey i'm going to up in your neck of the woods next saturday, well manhattan anyway. kind of close-ish.

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Wow ... this is an amazing series indeed.
Something I really haven't seen before posted on here.
And you have captured the mood/action extremely well.
Well Done ... I'd submit these to the challenge anyway.
I'd be extremely pleased to shoot this sort of work.
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Indeed, a great collection. Unless you are shooting with flash, is it really possible to get "razor sharp" images in low light, fast moving conditions like a boxing ring?
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Thank you both.

Flash was being used for some of the "victory" poses by the other photographers but I didn't use it, mainly because I didn't think to have it handy, but also, that's the time they were NOT moving.

The schedule got somewhat behind and I had to leave before it was all over unfortunately, something I'm still kicking myself for. There was a title fight at the end of it and the photographers were actually allowed into the ring for the post-fight shots. I'll be forever bummed I missed that one.
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Nice work , Mel!
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What a cool experience that would be. It is a brutal sport and I think i'd prefer to be looking through my camera at it.

I really like to see these kinds of images though. Great set. B&W shot works well for me.

You just brought De niro/Raging Bull back to me.
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Now those are magazine quality as well Mel - did the sweat , blood hit you ? Excellent shots all.
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Those are very fine sport shots Mel. Sports is my favorite subject and these are certainly magazine or newspaper worthy. You have got the right moment, the atmosphere and last but not least lots of emotion in those shots.
My vote for the challenge goes to #4. I guess boxers may have a soft spot for that shot from and between the ropes, #3

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