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Track & field for the first time

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by amanita, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. It's been a long 14 days without my gear. It finally arrived last week and instead of calibrating my 70-200 sigma sent me a brand new lens. I guess the older was way off. So, in just 3 months of owning a DSLR, a have a replaced D80 body and a second 70-200. Is this normal? :smile:

    Anyway, I have a track & field event to attend tomorrow and would like your opinions on how I did the first time. If you have time and will to check out about 120 pictures here, write me a note afterwards. I know there are some flops in there, but I am quite satisfied for a first-timer. It was supposed to be more of a journalistic set. One of the problems with previous lens was I had to stop it down to f/4 or more to achieve some sharpness. Obviusoly I lost some isolation by doing that. I hope to improve on that with new lens.

    Here is one of my Ema:
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  2. Quite the determination on that little face. Nice capture. Congrats on getting your gear back (or replaced).
  3. Very cute :smile:
  4. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Cute as can be
  5. Thanks Anthony, Peter and Gale!

    This one is nothing special, just a snapshot when I was concentrated on other competitors. Initially I came to the event to shoot a few of my Ema when trainers appeared and asked me if I could shoot for the whole club. I took the oportunity to learn something if I gained access inside the field.

    Anyone checked the gallery? Any comments?
  6. I like the shots. First, bench Ema so you can concentrate :biggrin: -- She's a cutie.

    My suggestion(s) would be to try and face them head on as much as you can, obviously if possible via access and lens (length). W/ this level of meet, I would have to think that access wouldn't be a problem.

    I've also learned from others here to shoot tighter. And, I think you do it in a lot of shots, but stay real low, especially w/ these younger kids...
  7. Thanks for kind words and pointers, Chris. I was thinking already in this direction, I got one like this:


    Is this what you are talking about?
  8. that's what I'm talking about! very nice!
  9. Great pictures! Take my advice tongue in cheek, far from having any idea what I'm doing, just love taking the T&F photos.

    Watch the ankles, I'd prefer to crop http://picasaweb.google.com/ales.vaupotic/Poljane1952007/photo#5069303211327322850

    I really like this shot... http://picasaweb.google.com/ales.vaupotic/Poljane1952007/photo#5069302695931247074
    in landscape mode.

    This makes a great portrait mode http://picasaweb.google.com/ales.vaupotic/Poljane1952007/photo#5069302743175887346

    Don't be afraid to crop to achieve the proper orientation. I am suprised at the sunglasses. Our refs would even allow ear rings!

    I love the "fun" group shots that you got here http://picasaweb.google.com/ales.vaupotic/Poljane1952007/photo#5069302876319873570

    Great job, enjoy tomorrow.
  10. Thanks, I'll put some more effort in processsing next time.

    Well, it's off to the stadium. Unfortunately it's raining right now but I think it will stop in the next hours.
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