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Some quick comments:
#1: I'd crop it tighter, maybe portrait
#2: This one doesn't do it for me. The point in focus is in the lower third of the image and the rower in focus expression isn't great. If you shoot close, you need to close down your aperture to cover the whole boat end to end.
#3: Good use of low DOF to isolate the rower. I'd crop it a little tighter, put her on the 1/3 line. This would be a much better picture if she actually looked at you.
#4: Nice shot, this one I'd have cropped a little wider to include the whole boat.
#6: same issue with DOF. The coswain and #8 guys are out of focus and the focus point doesn't have that much attraction.
#7 & 8: I'd crop tighter.
Crew is a hard sport to shoot and get original pictures, especially during a race. Here is a few tips:
- Shoot portraits / sense of place images on the ground. There are plenty of opportunities to get great people / place / details shots there. Before the race / after the race.
- When the boat(s) come by to shore is a good opportunity to shoot "emo" shots with the coaches / team members welcoming back their teammates.
- During practice, try to get on a chase motorboat. You cen get great shots from there (wide angle low on the water for example).
- As mentioned before, watch out for depth of field. This is one of the rare sports where you actually will want to have some DOF to cover the long boats from end to end (unless you are trying to isolate a specific rower).
- Look for "water action" (i,e, water splashing off the oars when getting in / out of the water). This will add some life to your pictures.
- Try panning shots at low shutter speed from the shore when the boats ride by. This is really a crap shoot in crew as the rowers will most likely be blurry too. But a long time ago I got a nice series of shots with the hull totally sharp, the background showing horizontal motion blur suggesting speed and the oars / rowers blurred too suggesting a lot of effort.
- On sunny days, bring a polarizer. This will help manage the reflection of the water.
Hope this helps.