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Odell Beckham football photography lesson

 
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Nov 24, 2014 08:31 |  #1

Again, the MMQB mini-site has offered a lesson in football action photography.

They presented a frame-by-frame gallery (external link) of sideline photographer Carlos M. Saavedra's images of Odell Beckham's astonishing three-finger touchdown catch. Look a couple of pages down from the top of rhe page.

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Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D4
Image Date: 2014-11-23 22:03:58 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 50.0mm (35mm equivalent: 50mm)
Focus Distance: Infinite
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure Time: 0.0010 s (1/1000)
ISO equiv: 2000
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure: Manual
Exposure Mode: Manual
Flash Fired: No
Orientation: Normal
Color Space: sRGB
Creator: Carlos M. Saavedra
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NFL: Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants
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Those who want further insight into what led to these images can look at the video replay of the catch (external link), where the photographer can be spotted kneeling on the turf.

This offers an exception lesson on real-world sports action photographing. There's no guessing of what happened or how it happen. It's a real, true example of what happened on an actual play where a skilled photographer had one chance to capture an amazing image. Anyone who wants to master action photography would do well to carefully study what happened.




  
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Nov 24, 2014 08:36 |  #2

That was pretty amazing, even with the gloves.




  
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Nov 24, 2014 08:45 |  #3

I spent quite a lot of time watching the replay and looking at the photographers shoot that. I feel so bad for the one guy with the 400mm or whatever lens that is to Carlos' right.. Great spot, wrong lens. :(

I do have to say I love watching the reaction of the guy in the blue coat with the VIP pass around his neck, to the right of center.. I can just watch it over and over again.. :)


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Nov 24, 2014 10:22 as a reply to  @ BrandonSi's post |  #4

Thanks for sharing that. I forgot about the MMQB.

Isn't it amazing how many "Pro" photographers are standing and how many are on their knees when taking the pictures. I was always told to get low....


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Nov 24, 2014 14:48 |  #5

tmalone893 wrote in post #17290344 (external link)
Thanks for sharing that. I forgot about the MMQB.

Isn't it amazing how many "Pro" photographers are standing and how many are on their knees when taking the pictures. I was always told to get low....

I guess that might depend on how far away from the action you are. Standing or being low with a very long lens probably won't change the angle of the shot very much.

I think closer action with shorter lenses it would be better to be low.

I'm sure there might be other places like Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. There, the bottom row of seats in the stands are so low, that they make all photographers kneel while a play is going on.


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Nov 24, 2014 17:03 |  #6

And interviews with the photographers that caught the sequence.

http://www.nytimes.com …av=top-stories-below&_r=0 (external link)


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Nov 24, 2014 17:22 |  #7

rdalrt wrote in post #17291073 (external link)
And interviews with the photographers that caught the sequence.

http://www.nytimes.com …av=top-stories-below&_r=0 (external link)

That was the coolest thing I've read all week.. Thanks! :)


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Nov 26, 2014 17:55 |  #8

Awesome story and thanks for sharing. I was at the game and was hype in the moment and thought I caught it pretty good in real-time. But when they played it back in slo-motion on the 'tron' it was that much better!

So anybody know how I would go buying the pictures for personal use. I trying to get this one signed before I leave NJ.




  
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Dec 03, 2014 16:07 |  #9

Hi

I'd read about the catch, I was expecting something else.
Not that I'm biased but Dokie Williams had some better catches.

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Dec 05, 2014 23:31 |  #10

Johnraiders wrote in post #17309276 (external link)
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I'd read about the catch, I was expecting something else.
Not that I'm biased but Dokie Williams had some better catches.

John

Clearly biased just because you said "Dokie Williams". Only a Raiders fan would say that.

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