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| p.1 #3 · Working on better baseball shots. C&C please |
gb, welcome to FM. Nobody can compare to Paul - he's otherworldly.
Here are some thoughts on your shots:
1. Nice face and timing. Would be better taken from 10-15 feet to your left, as the background is a bit busy. Moving to your left would put the Batter's Eye in the background rather than the billboard.
2. Too loose, and we don't see the batter's eyes. Batter shots with the ball in frame are OK, but they're pretty blah. Yeah, we all shoot 'em, and they sometimes sell, but they're not the best. Much better are shots of the batter after hitting the ball, in the follow-through, looking out to the field. This way you can get face, eyes, expression, etc.
3. Again, too loose. The on-deck batter adds nothing to the frame. Plus, your angle on the play isn't the best - I had to really look to figure out the catcher was tagging the runner. The pitcher is also distracting, and other than the on-deck batter, we can't see anybody's face or eyes. I like the runner being caught in mid-air though.
4. Nice shot of the catcher, but the pitcher standing right behind him, and the really busy background detract from the impact of the shot.
5. The fielder is OOF and the ball blocking his face is a non-starter. The shot is also too loose (see the trend here?).
In general, the 70-200, even on a 1.6X camera, is going to be pretty short shooting for shooting baseball on a full-size diamond. Regarding the backgrounds, try moving around to clean them up. Often, only a few feet can make a HUGE difference. Also consider getting lower in your shooting position. Not always easy to do when you can't shoot from the other side of the fence, but give it a shot.
Keep shooting, and posting.
Hope this helps.