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Run with obstacles.

Run with obstacles.
Copyright ©2005, Vitaliy Timkiv

Photographer: Vitaliy Timkiv
Folder: Vitaliy Timkiv
Uploaded: 2005-Dec-03 16:17 EST
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Camera: Olympus E-1
Lens: Olympus ED 50-200mm f2.8/3.5
Lens Adapter: None
ISO: 400
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Flash: No
Tripod/Monopod: No
Critique Level: Honest with Encouragement

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Vitaliy, this shot suffers from the same problem the other football shots you've posted here have exhibited: you're not successfully differentiating between foreground and background with focus, aperture and shutter speed, and not zoomed in enough on the action to really convey the dynamics of the sport. As a result, quite honestly, these shots are something of a bore. The background in this shot is particularly distracting. You really must find a different POV or adjust your approach to focus and DOF to make shots like this work.

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $ at 16:54 EST on 2005-Dec-03 [Reply]


I'll be a little more specific with my comments. Though you haven't provided us with EXIF, the embedded info in the image indicates that you shot 182mm at 1/500 and f/3.4. This was probably close to wide open on the 50-200 at this focal length, so you did what you could with DOF. In this event, with this POV your only other recourse is to pan with the action to blur the background, so I'd recommend dropping your ISO down, maintain full-open in aperture and slow your shutter speed, then move with the action as you shoot. This will result in lots of non-keepers, but as you can see this shot isn't really a keeper anyway. 1 great shot is worth 100 boring shots!

Ferd Berfle Win ¤ $ at 17:00 EST on 2005-Dec-03 [Reply]


I with you shall agree.

Vitaliy Timkiv at 03:18 EST on 2005-Dec-04 [Reply]


Ferd has pretty much said it all - this would have made an excellent action capture, but the background is so busy it ruins the effect.

In my own efforts to make this type of image, I've found that slower is better and Ferd backs me up on that. I've also found that at night, you can get away with action shots in the same manner - it's really a question of taking a few photos and throwing away the losers.

On the other hand, the action here is pretty good - it shows the concentration and effort of the soccer players. I refuse to call it football. :>)

Good luck.

Tom Francis ¤1 at 07:25 EST on 2005-Dec-04 [Reply]


Just about every action shot I see is heavily zoomed in and the background blurred so as to focus the eye on the action. I actually find this somewhat refreshing in that it is more than an action picture. For me, it is a picture of a crowd watching the action and I like it. It also tickles my fancy that there is a man with his back to the action taking absolutely no interest.

Frank Brault ¤1 $ at 18:46 EST on 2005-Dec-04 [Reply]