Baseball pic - C&C please

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  1. amnd2323

    amnd2323 TPF Noob!

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    I can't figure out how to get a picture to show up here. I've used the Insert Image icon and tried both the link and the "embed image" link, but it just shows up with a red X. I'm trying to post from Picasa. Any help on how to do this would be greatly appreciated!

    Anyway...here's a link to the pic I was trying to post. Any C&C is welcome. Thanks! Mandy

    Picasa Web Albums - MLaPuma
     
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    DevilDogge TPF Noob!

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    Mandy, I use picasa and it works just fine... Are you viewing the image you want at the biggest size, then right clicking on the image and go to properties, and copy and paste that image url into the "insert image" tool on the forum.
     
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    amnd2323 TPF Noob!

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    Thanks! That worked :)
     
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    You were able to catch the bat hitting the ball which is a good shot, but the background is too distracting. You can do that in post processing, in PSP or PS, or better yet accomplish it with a larger aperture to give you that DoF.
     
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    bazooka No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I agree with above, distracting background. It looks like you may already be at max aperture though. You could zoom in more depending on your lens, or get closer to let your lens open up more (depending on the lens).

    I also think having the ump and catcher in the shot is awkward.
     
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    what cam/lens are you using?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Catching the bat on the ball is good.

    The shot would be better if:
    • the main subject was a much larger percentage of the overall image
    • the main subjects eyes could be seen
    • their weren't secondary, tiertiary and quantenary subjects in the frame
    • and having the image in the vertical format
    To attain those goals would require:
    • a focal length much longer than 85mm
    • a lower perspective from further down the first base line
    • a larger aperture
    Batter, catcher, ump shots are best made from center field and getting down to shoot from a lower perspective not only makes the players look bigger and more powerful, it also helps to minimize background distractions. Take a knee at least, on your butt is even better.
     
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    amnd2323 TPF Noob!

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    GREAT advice....thanks so much. I have a Nikon d300s, but I'm pretty limited with my lens choices right now. I have an 85mm/1.8 (which is probably what I used for this shot) and I have a 70-200 that only goes to f5.6 at 200mm. My son plays baseball and my daughter plays soccer so I'm always taking lots of sports photos.

    What is an affordable lens that would be good for these types of photos? I found a 400mm/2.8 for a mere $11,000........ha! My son will be playing a game at the Ballpark in Arlington (where the TX Rangers play) so I may try to rent a good lens for that game.

    Thanks again for the constructive criticism.....much appreciated :)

    Mandy
     
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    amnd2323 TPF Noob!

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    I borrowed a lens for a few shots. This one is 300mm/5.6. I think this one would have benefited from a lower perspective and just the catcher in the pic too.

    I recently read Scott Peterson's book on Exposure and he talks about metering when there's a lot of green. He says to meter off the green and underexpose 2/3 stops. That's what I tried for these shots, but the faces are underexposed and I ended up adding fill light. How would you have metered for these shots?

    Thanks again :)
     
  10. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    I think that's Bryan Peterson.

    I have a used Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G zoom for sale that I used for a season of shooting a daytime adult soccer league: http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/buy-sell/195508-fs-nikon-70-300-vr.html

    I made enough $$$ from that 1 season of using the 70-300 on a D60 to buy 4 Nikon D90's, 2 long lenses (below) and 2 short lenses, $8000 worth of camera gear.

    I use a Sigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3mm HSM OS lens for my long shots of daytime field sports. A new one is only $999. I keep a shorter lens mounted on a second camera body for closer in shots.

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    amnd2323 TPF Noob!

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    Oops...yes, Bryan Peterson.

    I'm pretty sure the lens I borrowed for the shot of the catcher is the same as the one you have for sale.

    Alot of the soccer games are at night and even with the stadium lights, f5.6 even with a high ISO doesn't seem to be enough to allow for fast enough shutter speeds.

    KmH...I'd love to get good enough to some day actually make some money from this hobby. I checked out your website and blog and you've got some great info and great pics there!
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    F5.6 will never get you shots at a night game unless you buy a D3s and you would still struggle
     

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