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Feb 21, 2014 07:06 |  #16

Hi; normally about 99% of the time I am sat on a low stool as photos always have more impact from a low position. I position myself behind the dead ball line halfway between the corner and the posts (I pick whichever side is best with the sun location etc.). If I am there to photograph one team I then move to the other end for the second half same spot. That of course is my ideal choice, sometimes with more photographers at a game you go where the space is.

I have shot 2 games from the touchline moving around before, one of them was this Bristol Rugby game http://www.flickr.com …6/sets/72157633​184630143/ (external link) you can get some good shots especially from lineouts. I did though knelt down for the majority of them rather than stand but of course some are from a standing position in that set.

Good luck and share your results! Your 300 on the 7D will be great and the 5D iii with the 70-200; will be a good rugby set up.


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Feb 21, 2014 09:01 as a reply to  @ mrrikki's post |  #17

Thanks for the advice. I shoot hockey images as my prime activity and I sit on a low stool so that will be normal business for me.

I have looked at your images and I like the way you crop tight and get the facial expressions. I will try to do the same.

I will post some!


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Feb 23, 2014 05:16 |  #18

Mrrikki here is my first attempt. Thanks for your advice. Feedback would be welcome


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Feb 23, 2014 06:48 |  #19

I like them, good facial expressions and action in both. Good job.

Only real comment on the photos is the second one the guy on the left trying to tackle has a great facial expression but can only see half of his head, it may not look better cropped but it makes me want to see a little bit more, of course this may not be possible if it isn't a crop :)

They look a little noisy but assuming you used the 7D that's not a surprise in the UK weather currently, also I am viewing on an iPad. I was having the same problem, I recently upgraded from Light Room 3 to 5 and love the noise reduction power of it along with the sharpening.


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Feb 23, 2014 08:59 |  #20

I like the second shot. Perhaps a tad tight as mrrikki noted but shows the intensity. As an aside, offloading in the tackle to a perfectly timed support runner is the hallmark of NZ rugby in my experience as a player. Ever team we played (amateur touring sides visiting the US) were uniformly good in it. Nothing more devastating to deal with as a defender.


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Feb 23, 2014 10:23 as a reply to  @ Scrumhalf's post |  #21

Thanks for the comments guys. I agree that the loss of the top of the head is a little unfortunate. Sadly it was not part of a crop, just poor composition on my part!
I will keep trying


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Feb 23, 2014 10:26 |  #22

Sorry David, for some reason I thought you were from NZ, hence my previous comment. Sorry for what must have seemed like an irrelevant comment.


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Feb 23, 2014 12:30 |  #23

Plumtreelad wrote in post #16710750 (external link)
Thanks for the comments guys. I agree that the loss of the top of the head is a little unfortunate. Sadly it was not part of a crop, just poor composition on my part!
I will keep trying

Nothing you could have done then, sometimes that just happens.

Hopefully you will shoot some more games and share images, always good to see more rugby shots!

I did no games this weekend which is the first time in ages and away next Sat at the photography show!


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Feb 23, 2014 14:17 as a reply to  @ mrrikki's post |  #24

Scrumhalf, no problem. I am born and bred in Yorkshire, England and played Rugby Union at school.

Mrrikki, I am also going to the show but not until Tuesday. Spent today doing my usual hockey pics that you can view only Flickr site if you are interested.


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Feb 23, 2014 14:38 |  #25

Like all your hockey shots, it's a sport I would like to have a go at sometime.


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Feb 23, 2014 14:44 |  #26

mrrikki wrote in post #16711310 (external link)
Like all your hockey shots, it's a sport I would like to have a go at sometime.

There are quite a few hockey clubs near you most notable Clifton Ladies Hockey Club who play in the premier league at Coombe Dingle sports complex. If you decide to go, when you get there you need to "ask permission" of the technical director if you can take photos inside the ropes. Usually no problem. like rugby, best to take a low seat to sit on

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Feb 23, 2014 15:34 |  #27

Only thing that scares me is a hockey ball hurts more than a rugby ball lol

Where do you position yourself?


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Feb 23, 2014 15:54 as a reply to  @ mrrikki's post |  #28

You are right. There are cases of photographers and cameras being done some serious harm by a hockey ball.

You sit about 3 yards from the side line and either just round the corner from the corner flag along the goal line or on the touchline usually about 10 yards from the corner flag. Very often the technical director will tell you where you can and cannot sit


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Feb 27, 2014 12:03 |  #29

Plumtreelad wrote in post #16705779 (external link)
mrrikki, I have been asked to take some images of a rugby match this weekend. May I ask where you tend to position yourself around the pitch. Obviously you spend some time behind the try line but is that the best place for general shots or I am likely to get more action on the touchline?

DO you tend to sit for a while in one place or stand and move about?

Hope I get better weather than your hail storm!

Thanks

I have shot alot of rugby matches (my son plays on a club team here in the US). I like to position myself behind the try line. I also move around a good bit though.




  
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