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Mar 02, 2010 00:30 |  #1

My dad wanted some cool pics of him umping. Here are a couple I like... I don't have a ton of lenses to choose from so I chose my fastest sharpest at the time. Luckily the 100mm f/2.8 seemed to be a workable focal distance (I think :p ) Feedback is much appreciated. Also what do you think of the PP? Too much? I still haven't gotten that part yet. Thanks for looking!

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Mar 02, 2010 00:38 |  #2

i think they are good. they look way better than my first sports shoots, which were of indoor soccer. what was the aperture you used for these? also, your dad looks young and pretty ripped... how old are you?




  
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Mar 02, 2010 00:48 as a reply to  @ whirligig's post |  #3

Not bad at all.
Maybe a shot from the front would have been better though?




  
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Mar 02, 2010 01:15 |  #4

haha, not that young... not that ripped either... lol too funny. But he is in good shape for 50, much better than me and I'm half his age! Anyway it's funny, I didn't even think about wondering around to the outfield fences. I will remember that next time! I did get some side view shots but not really happy with the shots. The background is too in focus and very distracting. Here is one... Actually I just cropped it and cut out the batter to get a tighter shot of the action and it doesn't look TOO bad, background is still a little distracting IMO. I imagine I could fix this in photoshop without too much trouble. Let me try :D

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Mar 02, 2010 01:43 |  #5

oh, he's just a few years younger than my dad... and a FEW pounds lighter- ha! the third pic is good, too, but it doesn't look quite as sharp as the first two, imo.




  
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Mar 02, 2010 02:15 |  #6

Agreed. Here it took me a while and it's not perfect but it looks less distracting (*I think).

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Mar 02, 2010 02:16 |  #7

Look too fake?


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Mar 02, 2010 13:57 |  #8

way less distracting. i think it's pretty cool. the edited one gets my vote. what, did you do to make it that way?




  
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Mar 02, 2010 14:11 |  #9

there are some parts that are a bit fake looking, i would pull back on the blur a bit. especially around the poll where it gets almost looking pixelated.




  
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Mar 02, 2010 15:07 |  #10

Very carefully selected the background then used lens blur (in photoshop BTW). I actually did one that is less blurred and it looks ok but still a little distracting. The one thing I can see is the bottom pole of the fence on the you can see a sharp line on the top of the pole that is basically where I split the two selections to gradually blur the background. For some reason it created a harsh line between the selections. Other than that, what do you think looks too fake about it?


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Mar 02, 2010 15:28 |  #11

I think the edit looks great, and I love the action of the ball bouncing against the dirt.


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Mar 02, 2010 15:40 |  #12

OK I fixed it. Weird that is does that, still learning. :D I also softened the edges of the people to ease the transition and look more realistic. Now even at 100% crop it looks pretty convincing. ;)

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Mar 02, 2010 17:03 |  #13

Thanks futrcndctr! I love this shot because of that too! In hindsight I wish I would have shot it a little faster. This was shot at 1/1600th and f/5.6 . If I opened it up a litle I may have gotten a little shallower DOF and allowed me to shoot a little faster and really froze the ball better. Although the little bit of motion blur isn't bad I don't think. In some ways it actually gives the picture some action.


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Mar 02, 2010 17:32 as a reply to  @ 90sShooter's post |  #14

Hey all,

As an umpire, one of the pictures that I am trying to get is making the strike call. Is your dad a "pointer" or a "hammer" guy? If he is a pointer, try to get it where he is pointing and looking directly at the camera with the call. Any call on a close play where the player is out when your dad is "selling" the out.

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Mar 02, 2010 17:40 |  #15

LOL too funny! I think both depending on how he is feeling. ;) That is a great idea, I will try that too next time. Thanks for the ideas!


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