My tennis club shots

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The club I play at (only started tennis 3 years ago for something different) asked me to take some shots at their end-of-season club champs. Thought I'd try some tightish shots and was relatively happy with the results. All 70-200/f2.8. Comments and crit welcome.
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2. (It's amazing to see the strings moving on this one)
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5. (No ball in this one but I like his follow-through and face)
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nice work, you caught the ball well. perhaps try bolting the lens to 200 and trying for really tight facial expression shots.

#2 and #4 could do with a little cropping to take out the excess and tighten them right up.

i like backlighting when shooting tennis. i find the cyclone wire fences slightly less annoying contre-jour.

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nice work, you caught the ball well. perhaps try bolting the lens to 200 and trying for really tight facial expression shots.

#2 and #4 could do with a little cropping to take out the excess and tighten them right up.

i like backlighting when shooting tennis. i find the cyclone wire fences slightly less annoying contre-jour.
Thanks mate. Not sure how much cropping room I've got left in those ones, I'll check.

Back-lighting: I get really dark faces, though I see what you mean about the fence. I'm surprised how dark your fence is seeing as you have to open up to get the player bright enough.
 
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Back-lighting: I get really dark faces, though I see what you mean about the fence. I'm surprised how dark your fence is seeing as you have to open up to get the player bright enough.
aha, perhaps i should admit to sprinkling some photoshop pixi-dust around to darken down the background. :biggrin:

and yes, i did expose for her face.

edit: i just nabbled pic 2 from your set and played around a little. it would be better to be working on the base file straight from the camera, but you should get the idea.

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just so we're clear: you take some lovely tennis frames. imho: just get a little tighter and try to kill the backgrounds either by shade, backlighting or throwing it completely out of focus.
 
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Cheers Sambo, appreciate the feedback and the cheat! Not sure I would do that for all the hundreds I took, but they're gonna put some on the wall so I may play with those.

Everyone else here obviously thinks they're perfect!! :wink:
 
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