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Honestly looking back at my pictures from last year, I have a ton of better, sharper clear pictures shot with a 550d
I no longer have 550d.
Ah, I checked the EXIF and saw that these were from your 7D and 1D3.
Your exposure settings seem fine...
1D3, 1/640", f/3.2, ISO 2000, 98mm.
I would probably bump ISO up to 3200 and get SS up a little faster, but I don't think motion blur is the culprit for the soft, dull muddled look.
Instead of AWB, I prefer a fixed kelvin or preset to match the rink lighting.
Was this an extreme crop or was she really close to you?
And then the second one...
7D, 1/800", ISO 3200, f/2.8.
Again, seems very reasonable.
In that case, if you're already using AI Servo, selected focus point, and back button focus, then I'd check microfocus and AF CFn settings.
I agree with Scott... work on getting these better in-camera, not via PP. Are you shooting RAW? Turn off all in-camera NR. Was IS off on your 70-200/2.8L II?