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Old August 25th, 2011, 07:01 PM
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One of my very first sports photos. Nikon D3000, f/7.1, Exposure 0.005s (1.200), ISO 100.
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Old August 25th, 2011, 07:56 PM
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I love the subject matter. The timing and composition of the shot is also very good. Its nice treat with both the owner's and dog's legs being up in the air.

However the overall shot is slightly out of focus. With the action of catching the feet in the air you would want the dog and the person sharp. If you were capturing their motion then the beach and water should be sharp.

If you are panning the shot you would be going for sharpness on the walkers and streaking in the background.

Keep em coming. Dogs can be a lot of fun and a big challenge to shoot.
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Old August 26th, 2011, 08:43 AM
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Thanks for your advice. I will try to keep that in mind for future sports shots.
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Re: Race You

I grabbed the EXIF:

Camera Maker: NIKON CORPORATION
Camera Model: NIKON D3000
Image Date: 2010-08-05 19:48:41 (no TZ)
Focal Length: 300.0mm (35mm equivalent: 450mm)
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure Time: 0.0050 s (1/200)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Center Weight
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No
GPS Coordinate: undefined, undefined


You'll get used to me doing this . .

But an easy rule of thumb to remember when using long lenses is that you should try not to let the shutter speed fall below 1/the focal length.

So here, I wouldn't be happy with a shutter speed below 1/300 (or even 1/450 if you are going to be ultra careful)

This rule does change if you have any form of stabilisation system but it's an easy rule of thumb.

So the choice here if you wanted to keep the depth of field would be to bump the ISO up - with most newer DSLR's you can get away with a lot of increase in the ISO without sacrificing quality greatly.



I hope that this helps?

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Old August 26th, 2011, 03:29 PM
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Andy, I'm sure I will have to read this over and over and it will eventually make sense to me...lol. The subjects were running on the beach, not walking, so I was panning and as you probably guessed, I think I used a standard setting. I will definitely take your advice and try it with a higher shutter speed! Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate you taking the time!
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If I recall correctly, the D3000 has 3 fps burst mode. The toughest part about sports photography is that you have to fire off a round of shots on burst mode. That way you can capture a series of photographs that out of several you hopefully capture the best shot. You want to pan the camera if you are looking to capture the runners (including the dog) in freeze frame. If you want to capture the motion, you use a slightly lower shutterspeed, while letting the subjects run into frame. Keep the camera ahead of the motion and then trigger the shutter when you have them approaching the right posture that you want to capture. One of the three frames should capture the moment that you want. And if none of them do...then move the camera ahead of the action and try again.
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Old September 4th, 2011, 04:15 AM
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Re: Race You

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If I recall correctly, the D3000 has 3 fps burst mode. The toughest part about sports photography is that you have to fire off a round of shots on burst mode. That way you can capture a series of photographs that out of several you hopefully capture the best shot. You want to pan the camera if you are looking to capture the runners (including the dog) in freeze frame. If you want to capture the motion, you use a slightly lower shutterspeed, while letting the subjects run into frame. Keep the camera ahead of the motion and then trigger the shutter when you have them approaching the right posture that you want to capture. One of the three frames should capture the moment that you want. And if none of them do...then move the camera ahead of the action and try again.
Thanks Andy, that's very helpful. I will take that into account next opportunity I get!
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