jra wrote in post #14427563
I can relate to your take on baseball....baseball and softball have been the most popular sports that I photograph. Capturing that moment with the ball and batter in mid swing can be a very difficult task......but, with lots of practice, it can be achieved at a very high success ratio with a single well timed photograph....some batters are much easier than others to time correctly IME. One of my keys to knowing that I have captured the action at the correct moment is that I didn't see it through my viewfinder. If I saw the ball pass the batter as he swings in the viewfinder, I know that I was either too early or too late with my timing. I know the instant I depress the shutter button if I got it or not....no need to chimp. I've also learned to time the sound.....I can tell just how close I've gotten to "ball on bat" by listening to the hit verses the sound of my shutter. Considering that sound must travel, if I hear my shutter the split instant before I hear the crack of the bat, I know that I've nailed it.....any sound delays on either side easily tell me that my timing was off.
As far as what purpose is served in watching others....I guess that it's mainly curiosity on my part. I just enjoy watching how other people handle certain photographic situations. Everyone approaches things in their own manner depending on their experiences, desires, vision and goals.....and I find that very interesting as an observer.
Hey, that's a good, logical post, it's just that if you put it together with your first post it is a criticism of shooting in the burst mode.
Now, granted that if you have a lot of experience shooting a particular sport you get the knowhow of when you are likely to be able to snap the shutter and get a keeper. But even then, there are moments before and after that instant that may in fact yield something better that you could totally miss...
But also there is the fact that someone shooting baseball for the first time won't have the same experience that you have, no matter how good they are overall at photography. So judging them for using short bursts is, well, not very productive.
Also, at 61 I'm not as steady as maybe I once was, and so when I'm out shooting handheld, which is most of what I do, sure I fire off a short burst so that hopefully at least one of the two or three shots will be crisply sharp instead of blurry from camera shake. Now yes, a lot of times the first of the set will be just fine, because I do work at good technique, but there are times when I have to delete the first and settle on the second or third shot!
And, I've shot sports where the "moment" is just not that predictable, where something can change and you may not get it in a single shot, but in say a three-shot burst you can catch it!