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Jul 19, 2011 18:31 |  #1

Used my new 70-200F2.8L for the first time today. Never taken tennis shots before. Would welcome feedback


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Jul 19, 2011 23:03 |  #2

The general rule is that sports shots look best, just after the athlete connects, and is following through. Note, that is a general rule, and exceptions do occur. But, I think in both of your pics, a better shot would have been if you clicked the shutter about a split second later.

Here's a good thread (about golf) that shows exactly what I mean by "just after the athlete connects" - Some great shots by Doug James.... https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=1063​144&page=2

Also, your shutter speed may be a bit slow. If you were trying to show motion, you partially achieved that. But, if you wanted the players to appear as crisp as possible, another click or two of a faster shutter speed may have generated better photos.

Other than that, decent composition and background blur.


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Jul 20, 2011 02:51 |  #3

stugotzo wrote in post #12789652 (external link)
The general rule is that sports shots look best, just after the athlete connects, and is following through. Note, that is a general rule, and exceptions do occur. But, I think in both of your pics, a better shot would have been if you clicked the shutter about a split second later.

Here's a good thread (about golf) that shows exactly what I mean by "just after the athlete connects" - Some great shots by Doug James.... https://photography-on-the.net …read.php?t=1063​144&page=2

Also, your shutter speed may be a bit slow. If you were trying to show motion, you partially achieved that. But, if you wanted the players to appear as crisp as possible, another click or two of a faster shutter speed may have generated better photos.

Other than that, decent composition and background blur.

Many thanks for the feedback. I found it very hard to get the money shot showing the ball just as it left the racquet. Even with the 8 frames per second! However, your comments are really helpful. Back to the courts.


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Jul 20, 2011 07:03 as a reply to  @ Plumtreelad's post |  #4

So far, so good. Shoot and post more.


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Jul 20, 2011 08:06 |  #5

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So far, so good. Shoot and post more.

Thanks for the encouragement.

I am going to tweak up the ISO a bit so that I can hopefully get even sharper results using the higher shutter speed.
I am at a tournament tomorrow and will post the results on Friday


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Jul 20, 2011 09:22 |  #6

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Many thanks for the feedback. I found it very hard to get the money shot showing the ball just as it left the racquet. Even with the 8 frames per second! However, your comments are really helpful. Back to the courts.

Some of the best sports shots capture the emotion of the athlete after the play ends. You may notice that the newspaper tends to show many more of those, than action photos.

Don't be afraid to get some of those types of shots as well..... those are the ones that parents love the most too.

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Jul 20, 2011 10:08 |  #7

Take a look at this guy for some Tennis shooting ideas.
http://www.mikepowellp​hoto.com/ (external link)


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Jul 20, 2011 17:12 |  #8

stugotzo wrote in post #12791551 (external link)
Some of the best sports shots capture the emotion of the athlete after the play ends. You may notice that the newspaper tends to show many more of those, than action photos.

Don't be afraid to get some of those types of shots as well..... those are the ones that parents love the most too.

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http://4.bp.blogspot.c​om …ance+armstrong-704499.jpg (external link)

http://www.instablogsi​mages.com …-the-masters-cup_7333.jpg (external link)

Yes, good point. I now realise that the action shots do not tell the whole story.


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Jul 20, 2011 17:13 |  #9

aliengin wrote in post #12791782 (external link)
Take a look at this guy for some Tennis shooting ideas.
http://www.mikepowellp​hoto.com/ (external link)

I wish I had that type of imagination. It all appears so very simple but you do need to have the creative eye to be able to capture those "simple" shots.


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Jul 20, 2011 18:11 |  #10

aliengin wrote in post #12791782 (external link)
Take a look at this guy for some Tennis shooting ideas.
http://www.mikepowellp​hoto.com/ (external link)

that's some great stuff


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Jul 21, 2011 06:53 |  #11

Pretty good really! I like the motion blur, even if unintentional.


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Jul 21, 2011 15:48 as a reply to  @ TheBrick3's post |  #12

Based on feedback from yesterday's posting, here is my second attempt using pics taken today. Again feedback welcomed.


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Jul 21, 2011 15:55 as a reply to  @ Plumtreelad's post |  #13

And a couple more.


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Jul 21, 2011 16:07 |  #14

Much better... especially pic #2 from the first post today.


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Jul 21, 2011 16:10 |  #15

stugotzo wrote in post #12800387 (external link)
Much better... especially pic #2 from the first post today.

Thanks. A bit disappointed that the pics are a bit more grainy. I had to up the ISO because it was very overcast and I did not want to let the shutter speed get too low.


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