Photo by Leslie Lange
I'm not from the US, UK actually and to be honest I can't stand the amount of press this overhyped sport gets. As many others have said watching millionaires run about faking injury isn't my cup of tea. Not to mention it's organised by a largely immoral body, Fifa. Who demanded in Brazil they changed their alcohol laws just to appease Budweiser, the sponsor. As we all know too beer and sport activities are one in the same thing.. not money! Oh yeah and the authorities have killed 12 people now in protest of what Fifa did to the country .. beautiful!
Lets have a sample of sport pictures with a theme as the summer is sporting season .. in this case it could have been team games, or ball games. Alas no.. what DPreview team did here was take a bunch of very similar looking pictures, bundle them into a front page article and tried to get some more hits due to the world cup being on. Wow! Even the curation is dull, no story, no depth and no continuity. The Advertisers are really happy now
Me, I love watching millionaires fouling kicking and pushing one another-none of it in the rules of Football, a game they are no longer able to play.
Its a great idea to practise shooting photos off your TV screen- which is how many continental newspapers do photogrphs now
* Warrning! This comment contain irony *
For an insightful look at football/soccer as a social and cultural phenomena, here a contribution from one of the great thinkers of our time ...http://www.clarionledger.com/story/opinion/columnists/2014/06/25/coulter-growing-interest-soccer-sign-nations-moral-decay/11372137
Oh dear ... ;)
It's widely accepted in the U.S. that Coulter is an idiot.
If this request for soccer images was posted in the Open Forum instead I am sure it would have received a lot more responses. Personally I totally missed it.
Why do so many people (mostly Americans) feel the need to tell others how much they hate soccer/football? Do you see non-Americans go on US websites to proclaim their hatred of baseball? I don't particularly care for baseball but I can certainly appreciate a good photograph of baseball or of any other sport I don't like. Is it too much to ask that haters of soccer do the same?
> Do you see non-Americans go on US websites to proclaim their hatred of baseball?
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do, but why does it matter? I don't care. The important thing is this is supposed to be a photography forum, so why are most of the comments completely unrelated? Is this "Off topic" section?
Very nice set of shots
What's beautiful about a game that hosts players who argue with referees, who act as if they are injured (put them in a rugby scrum for a few games then they'll learn about pain !) and who bite. For this they are paid ridiculous sums of money.
I personally think calling it "the beautiful game" is silly.
However, each sport is played under an established set of parameters particular to each individual sport. Hockey for example has a different set of parameters vs basketball.
With the exception of a few bad apples in every sport, players perform within those established parameters. Exagerating injuries as used in soccer, basketball, boxing, MMA, and many many more is a strategy employed to gain an advantage or stall a match. But again, if it falls within those acceptable parameters of a sport (e.g. the ref does not call you on it), it is fair game.
And no, Rugby is not the toughest sport out there. Have you tried Mixed Martial Arts? It's a different story all toghether when the focus of the match is trying to knock out or choke out or submit your opponent.
No, you're right. Rugby is the most beautiful game together with figure skating.
Three billion fans on the planet love this game and you still wondering what is beautiful about it.
Some make it happen, some watch it happen, some said 'what happened?'
Football fans always remind me of the nazi rally films. The same mindless adulation and obedience to a totally unethical and unecessary uniformed violent mob. No progress then?
> Football fans always remind me of the nazi rally films.
Interesting. I don't suppose Justin Bieber concerts remind you of nazi rally as well?
Did you take your pills today, munro harrap?
If you click on the photographers names, you will get either to their Flickr of DPR gallery with many more nice images.
Was there an opportunity to submit photos! I missed it if so. I would love to get in on the action!
Yes, Paulski66, the US made the final 16, and so did Costa Rica! (first time since 1990 I believe). You can watch on univision in Spanish. You have to have cable to watch on ESPN.
Wait...under way in Brazil right now? Is the U.S. in it? Crap! Does anyone know if it's televised or anything?!?
Don't worry the final will between Brazil and Netherlands ;-)
USA is playing Belgium in Round of 16 today (7/1) at 4pm EST
If you're close enough to the Canadian border almost all the games are carried live on the CBC. The problem with soccer from the point of view of the American networks is probably that the play goes uninterrupted during each 45 minute half, so there is no opportunity to stick in a billion commercials.
Don't tell anybody, but number 5 is doing it wrong. Maybe they are doing some kind of epic back-header.
I know right, way to break a neck. :) Maybe it was a setup picture, but it looks more like she is getting clocked by a free kick than heading the ball.
Lack of understanding normally means you should keep quiet. Seen many a goal come from that.
I've seen many goals scored by the defense too--that doesn't mean we should feature those moves in a picture show. ;) There is no lack of understanding here. That's simply not a safe or accurate way to place the ball.
Who are you talking to Leno? 4 games in a world cup and you think you are an expert on "soccer"? It's not a good picture.
It may not be a good picture but the original comment was about football players technique which clearly is not understood. I have seen a lot more football then 4 games in a world cup. By the way the world governing body is Fédération Internationale de Football Association. You might notice the word soccer is missing because the game is called football.
Holy Jesus, you are pedantic! They have clearly missed the header. There is no way the ball would end up there if they had made proper contact with the ball. If it was a flicked header, their head would be tilted up more because you generally need to be looking at the ball just before you head it to get a thin contact on the ball- also, they wouldn't be gurning so much. The only circumstance where this picture could show someone completing a successful header would be a back header, like I mentioned in my original post. That is a very rare move that not many people try so it is more likely that this person just miss-timed a run-of-the-mill center back clearance header. From the angle of the camera, it probably came just after a goal kick. I used the word soccer because I was questioning your knowledge. Sarcasm is obviously a little beyond you, though. Oh yeah - The game is called Association Football because it was invented in England. The less you mention FIFA, the better.
Clearly you are a world expert in back headers so I bow to your vastly superior knowledge. Now that's sarcasm.
I am glad you have seen some sense. Trust me when I say that I have watched and played more football than you.
Of course you have.
You know that we are the only two people on here, right? This thread is weeks old. That person got about as much on that header as Gerrard did with his flick-on for Suarez in the world cup.
I would happy to see article about real photographers and work on World Cup in Brazil - about press center, cameras and lenses, shooting techniques or differences, lights on stadiums, adjusting and sending pictures with caption...
Yes, beautiful indeed, if you play just for the fun and not money!
You mean if your talent is so good you can do it professionally and put all your joy not in a hobby but in your work is not good to do?Or maybe you don't see professional soccer as work?
Keep in mind that the majority of professional soccer players do not get an outrageous reward for their work. It are the exceptions which is focused on.
I've always laughed at the idea of it being the 'beautiful' game. The irony is wonderful.
Blood sweat and tears make that game dramatic and beautiful. Not much to laugh at for at least a couple billion people around the world. For some of them incredible joy at times of victory makes it even more beautiful.
The flopping is beautiful. Great acting skills are needed.
It's no irony. Maybe you don't consider it to be beautiful but that's YOUR opinion. I find it very beautiful indeed as well as a billion people around the world. ;)It's easely more beautiful than USA's football that's for sure... :)
"Blood sweat and tears make that game dramatic and beautiful."
guffaw!! Maybe applied to men in war, but this is just a bunch of vain men with silly haircuts bouncing a ball about. There's nothing beautiful going on other than tribal passion if you can call that beautiful (I think not).
What sport at the highest level isn't played by a bunch of vain (and grossly overpaid) men bouncing or otherwise moving a ball or some other object from one place to another?
There's a lot of talk about how mirrorless now have autofocus as good as SLR's. But there seems to be lots of big white lens' on the sidelines.What's state of the art for sports photography these days?
Still not there YET.
Yes ML is getting better and it does already compete pretty well with the mid-end bodies when it comes down to AF performance. But still 1Dx and D4 are much better for this particular type of photography.
I'm a mirrorless camera user myself (NEX-6), and they did take big steps forward in the last few years - but as mentioned, they are still not "quite there".I believe a good photographer could do "good enough" with one of the recent models like the A-6000, X-T1, E-M1 or (sensor size aside) one of the Nikon 1's; but the World Cup is at the highest level of competition for pro sports photography, where missing one chance at a photo could lose a lot of money. Therefore I completely understand the professionals don't want to take the smallest risk and bring the "big guns" they have known for decades.Also, some of the biggest advantages of mirrorless cameras (size and weight) don't mean much when you attach a 300 mm f/2.8 lens...
Only 3 submitters? i guess the amount of submissions was not that great