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Competitive Badminton (your critics and comments!)

 
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Jun 28, 2012 10:44 |  #16

onemoresmash wrote in post #14641250 (external link)
Thanks everyone. I appreciate every comment!

I have considered the 85mm too, but I found when shooting at most local tournaments, the only shooting position is at the side of the courts. That means you are shooting the players at ~45 degree. If I shoot the near side, 85mm would be too long on a crop camera. If I shoot the far side, the net pole will be in the way most of the time. And because the courts are adjacent to each other, there are only at a few courts where you can stand at the court end. And if you play local tournaments, you will know that no every court has exciting actions...(just a rant for the lack of proper badminton facilities in the US :P)

You definitely have to be mobile as certain positions are more suited to getting certain shots.

Using a prime, limits you to certain types of shots. You are then free to work on timing. Patience is the key. If you are there the whole day, you'll have plenty of time to try to get the right capture. You might even get lucky as what happened to me for this next photo. OK, the shot is not perfect as the hand got cut out of the picture but I did have the 135mm on for my excuse.

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Here is one from courtside, 1D mark IV (i.e. 1.3x crop), 200/2.8 - nice lens and very fast focusing. Consider that the shuttle came to her at probably over 300km/h, it was rather fortunate to get such a shot.

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The advice by ajaffe is excellent. You can't go wrong by following those guidelines.



  
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Jun 28, 2012 10:55 |  #17

Brikwall wrote in post #14639137 (external link)
Nice shots of Canadian players in 2, 3 and 4. Toby Ng (#2) and Michelle Li (#3) are both heading to the London Olympics. I have a number of shots of Michelle in that very same pose.

Having photographed a number of sports, I can honestly say that badminton is probably the toughest to shoot. Not taking into account the speed of play, there's poor lighting, cycling lights, coloured courts that also throw off white balance, limited shooting positions and cluttered backgrounds. It's definitely not easy.

You've surprised me by naming the players! :D. Michelle is very consistent with that pose and it is very graceful. One very challenging shot of her to get is where she shows emotions after winning a point. So far, I haven't been successful and I don't think I will get another chance as it seems she will go back to college after the Olympics.

They visited Moncton a few months ago - Canadian Nationals I think it was. Did you cover that tournament?




  
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Jun 28, 2012 13:24 |  #18

flickserve wrote in post #14644094 (external link)
You've surprised me by naming the players! :D. Michelle is very consistent with that pose and it is very graceful. One very challenging shot of her to get is where she shows emotions after winning a point. So far, I haven't been successful and I don't think I will get another chance as it seems she will go back to college after the Olympics.

They visited Moncton a few months ago - Canadian Nationals I think it was. Did you cover that tournament?

I covered both the 2011 Yonex Moncton International Challenge, held in Dec 2011 as well as the more recent 2012 Yonex U23 and Junior National Championships (semis and finals only) held this past May. Michelle was present for, and competed in, both events.

You're right in that capturing the emotion after a point is tough to get, not only with Michelle but many others, too. It's usually quite fleeting and easy to miss, even if you're ready for it. A couple of the international competitors were a bit more emotional during the December tournament but warnings from the umpires, including a red-card for one athlete, put an end to that!


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