C&C Little League Pics

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JLO13
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C&C Little League Pics
Apr 16, 2014

Tried out my new D610 at a little league game this past weekend.  All comments appreciated.

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Re: C&C Little League Pics
In reply to JLO13, Apr 16, 2014

Nice clear photos and a great record of the event.

To me to make them that bit more special the subjects need to be isolated from the background a bit (not in all cases - sometimes people looking on in the background is a bonus). And this might only be possible by either getting closer or getting bigger glass to reduce the depth of field, and also to fill the image more with the main subject if desired.

Hope you don't mind but I cropped one and added a bit more contrast.. I just think the main subject needs to have more of a presence in the frame.. still not perfect...  but it makes the eye focus on the action more and the people watching on...

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The entire set screams
In reply to JLO13, Apr 16, 2014

I am using a center point AF camera and don't feel comfortable yet recomposing.  Either try using the outer AF points more, learn to focus-recompose, or buy a camera that you feel does not restrict your composition on AF technicalities.  If you feel you are spending too much time trying to technically nail AF over getting a good shot, you either need to really up your technique to be second nature, or purchase another camera that allows you to focus more on composition.  Only the last shot in the picture may have required center point AF and even that is a maybe.  A good set would be pictures that are varied enough so that someone can't look at it and say...you only used a limited technique on a limited spec camera.

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In reply to JLO13, Apr 16, 2014

To be honest they look like snapshots.  I'm not a pro, but I did shoot my son and teams when he played.  I found a few good pictures that conveyed the game, the atmosphere, a few good close ups of all the players in action, the mood etc., before and after the game was much better than a high volume.  I did take many photos to get this, but kept a select few. You have plenty of MP to crop, so get creative on what you do have.  The AF shouldn't limit you.  Also sit in the dugout if you can.  I also asked permission from ump to be on the field down foul lines.

Here are a just a few that demonstrate my POV but there are more in my gallery:

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In reply to JLO13, Apr 16, 2014

Time for you to buy that 400 mm f2.8!

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Re: C&C Little League Pics
In reply to JLO13, Apr 16, 2014

I'm guessing you have some sort of 300mm zoom lens. I'd use "closer" focal length, which is pretty much the same as cropping but you'd get more pixels for the frame that way so better resolution.

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Re: C&C Little League Pics
In reply to jambalawa, Apr 18, 2014

Thanks for the great suggestion.  I will definitely give that a try.

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Re: The entire set screams
In reply to Timbukto, Apr 18, 2014

Timbukto wrote:

I am using a center point AF camera and don't feel comfortable yet recomposing. Either try using the outer AF points more, learn to focus-recompose, or buy a camera that you feel does not restrict your composition on AF technicalities. If you feel you are spending too much time trying to technically nail AF over getting a good shot, you either need to really up your technique to be second nature, or purchase another camera that allows you to focus more on composition. Only the last shot in the picture may have required center point AF and even that is a maybe. A good set would be pictures that are varied enough so that someone can't look at it and say...you only used a limited technique on a limited spec camera.

Interesting take. I am not sure if your comments relate more to my technique or you just don't like the camera. Can you tell me how you recompose when the camera is set to continuous auto focus?

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In reply to JLO13, Apr 18, 2014

JLO13 wrote:

Timbukto wrote:

I am using a center point AF camera and don't feel comfortable yet recomposing. Either try using the outer AF points more, learn to focus-recompose, or buy a camera that you feel does not restrict your composition on AF technicalities. If you feel you are spending too much time trying to technically nail AF over getting a good shot, you either need to really up your technique to be second nature, or purchase another camera that allows you to focus more on composition. Only the last shot in the picture may have required center point AF and even that is a maybe. A good set would be pictures that are varied enough so that someone can't look at it and say...you only used a limited technique on a limited spec camera.

Interesting take. I am not sure if your comments relate more to my technique or you just don't like the camera. Can you tell me how you recompose when the camera is set to continuous auto focus?

Not Timbukto here, but I'll offer an answer: Option 1 is to move the focus point so that you can continue to maintain focus, but not necessarily with the focus point in the middle of the frame. Option 2 is to use back button focus. Acquire focus, release the button (so focus locks), recompose, then shoot. I use this second.

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Re: C&C Little League Pics
In reply to JLO13, Apr 18, 2014

Agree with the other gentlemen.

You should fill the frame more, and explore more compositions instead of center-frame.

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Re: The entire set screams
In reply to j_photo, Apr 18, 2014

Thanks for the tip.  I will give that a try.

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In reply to InTheMist, Apr 18, 2014

InTheMist wrote:

Agree with the other gentlemen.

You should fill the frame more, and explore more compositions instead of center-frame.

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Thanks.  As was stated by some others, I need to do one of two things - get closer to the field or get a larger zoom.  The second option is not available at the moment but I can certainly try the first.  Thanks to everyone for their feedback.  I will post some more after my next attempt.

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