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04-14-2021, 01:13 PM   #616
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Are these races relatively new? I lived in the Wheeling area up through 1996. I was not aware of them. It is only a couple hours away if they still occur I might drive on over
I'm not sure what year the Vintage Regatta started. They run every Labor Day Weekend. Last year they did not run due to the pandemic.

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I was shooting tonight's game from the visiting dugout during one inning and got a series of shots of a play they thought the umpire missed. The photos show that the call of the batter being out was indeed correct.







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Panning Indycars

Panning Indycars during practice for the 2012 Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Leeds, AL 3/30/2012

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Camera Pentax K200D
Lens Pentax DA-L 55-300mm
Focal Length 230.0 mm (345.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/8
Exposure Time 0.01111s (1/90)
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Focal Length 210.0 mm (315.0 mm in 35mm)
Aperture f/5.6
Exposure Time 0.01111s (1/90)
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QuoteOriginally posted by GvilleRick Quote
The photos show that the call of the batter being out was indeed correct.
Great sequence!

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The photos show that the call of the batter being out was indeed correct.
Best bits of sports photos are the eyes
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Best bits of sports photos are the eyes
I'm surprised how often I will notice that a player has their eyes closed as the ball is either about to be caught or just in the glove. But yes, I like the shots like the first in this series showing the player obviously locked in on the ball.
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Both of my boys showing off their hair in matches over the weekend.

Another couple of games confirming that even with my best technique I'll completely miss focus during soccer with the K-3 II and the 55-300 PLM about 25% of the time, and some additional percentage the focus is off, but not enough to really care if you keep the images small and the action is compelling enough. 2-3 weeks to see how much the Mark III improves things. A lot of the misses are with the action coming towards me, it can't keep up back-to-front as the play moves.
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Sometimes go back and forth on framing and cropping. Do I want a more expansive shot of the action and the team, or more of a focus on individuals? Here's the second one from the last post, with a tighter crop, which I think I like better.

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@thorsanchez I like the cropped better. But what is interesting is is in the cropped photo I focus on the player in the red while the the wider view I focus on the kid's body and hair position in the white
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QuoteOriginally posted by ThorSanchez Quote
Both of my boys showing off their hair in matches over the weekend.

Another couple of games confirming that even with my best technique I'll completely miss focus during soccer with the K-3 II and the 55-300 PLM about 25% of the time, and some additional percentage the focus is off, but not enough to really care if you keep the images small and the action is compelling enough. 2-3 weeks to see how much the Mark III improves things. A lot of the misses are with the action coming towards me, it can't keep up back-to-front as the play moves.
25% seems high. Back button focus? Af.c? Burst shooting?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Sidney Porter Quote
25% seems high. Back button focus? Af.c? Burst shooting?
Yes, yes, and yes. Center-point focus only. 55-300 PLM. And roughly nine years of practice. It's pretty consistent. If I shoot 50 shots of a game 10-20 will be out of focus.

If I switch to 9-point the hit rate goes down. If I switch to 27-point... well, I never really use that because something might be in focus but I'm never quite sure what.

The out-of-focus shots are pretty evenly split between the background being tack-sharp, and nothing really in focus at all. And I don't expect the K-3 Mark III to be magic, some of my shots will be out of focus because I'm watching the game, something develops, I quickly pull the camera up to my eye and start shooting and even my brain hasn't caught up to what I want to shoot. But hopefully it will help with the sequences of players running about and the camera can't adjust fast enough for half the shots.

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My oldest son broke his leg a few weeks ago so I have not taken many high school photos. For his games I am not the "official" photographer so my focus has been on him. For the 9 year old I am the "official" photographer. It is a different mindset when I am trying to get everyone, I struggle a little getting the defense involved. My oldest is a O Mid and the youngest is playing attack so offense has been my focus. It is easier follow the offense. They play 2 games each Sunday.






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QuoteOriginally posted by Sidney Porter Quote
It is a different mindset when I am trying to get everyone, I struggle a little getting the defense involved. My oldest is a O Mid and the youngest is playing attack so offense has been my focus. It is easier follow the offense.
It's probably somewhat similar to soccer, where you end up with a lot more (and better quality) photos of the kids who have either positions or skills that lend themselves to isolation and more touches on the ball. Strikers, forwards, wings... they end up in better spots with the ball, isolated on a defender or two, and that makes for more compelling photography. Central midfielders and defenders are more challenging.

I'll usually put myself on an endline by a goal, with my team attacking in that direction so I get more faces. But that means the defenders and our goalie are often a long way off. My 12-year-old is usually in an attacking position, so he gets a lot of shots. My 14-year-old is more of a defensive midfielder or defender, so I have to really take advantages of games like Sunday where the coach pushed him up to striker for a half.

I'm not an official photographer, either. So my kids get more than their share of the pixels. But as one of the few parents with a "real" camera I occasionally share with the others, and I feel some responsibility to try to get a few shots of each kid.
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