1st attempt at track and field shooting. suggestions???

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  1. Unicycle1348

    Unicycle1348 TPF Noob!

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    a few from yesterday's track meet.

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    I don't like the selective coloring in pic 1, but that just me. Number two is slightly under expose but I guess it would be difficult not to blow out the sky if you were to expose the high jumper correctly.
     
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    Its not just you. Selective coloring's purpose is to accentuate the subject in a photo that would be lost otherwise... The selective coloring in this photo is accentuating the clothing... I don't think the clothing is supposed to be the subject. As a viewer, I want to focus on the jumper, but I'm distracted by the coloring... its a confusing shot.

    As for the second shot, you're right, it would be nearly impossible to correct the underexposure by messing with the exposure. A little fill flash however, could help fix that.
     
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    I'm a lousy flash user (indoor and outdoor). How would you point the flash in this scenario to do the fill?
     
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    There really isn't much of an option... there's nothing really to bounce off off. Fire it right at him.

    I also suppose the use of some reflectors would have helped the shot out considerably... but considering the event, I doubt the last thing anyone would have wanted was a photography horsing around with that while people were trying to compete.
     
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    To correct the problematic situation you experienced on the second photo, I would move your camera position and not shoot right into the sun...move around and shoot from the mid-point of the runway, as the vaulters clear the bar and push the pole away from the bar, and then milliseconds later, shoot photos as they are free-falling back to the landing pads. That way, the subjects will be front-lighted by the overhead sunlight that is hitting them, and you're not looking up at them. Flash use on the jumps and vaults is typically considered a no-no.
     
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    thanks for the information guys. i will definatly take this advice and use it on friday.
     

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