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| p.1 #6 · Maryland Gymnastics Senior Night ...My follow up to first forum post! |
With empty seats like that (since this seems to be a regular venue for you) you may try opening the aperture up or going with a faster lens to try and blur them entirely into a solid color background.
1. Lower the aim of the lens a little to crop off some of the negative space at the top and show more beam, and then rotate it so that those two strong horizontal lines (beam and wall section) are level I think it would be stronger.
2. I'd be interested in seeing what you got from here as far as handstands and releases go, peak action. I'm also curious to see if you opened it up to f2 would that help make the empty seats look less like seats. I know it's not something under your control, but the more they're blurred out the more it looks like school colored gym, than nobody could be bothered to show up.
3. If you're going to crop the body, with that inflatable mascot in the background, I think you may be able to include the whole mascot. If you're going to be this close to the floor though, you may find it better to go wide put us on the floor with the gymnast, which mean including the floor in the shot.
4 Great timing, and she even spun around so you get the face (equally important), you've got the beam for context so the subject is all in great shape, however stepping back a little and using a longer focal length and/or faster aperture with a different lens may again help clean up the background.
5. For what you were trying to accomplish I like it, I may crop out some of the negative space to the left and right even if it meant loosing a little on the top and some on the bottom, and dodge the face of the girl going down the line so my eye gets drawn to her enthusiasm. My eye is going to the lightest part of the photo first, which is the hands in the center of the line, not her face.
Don't beat yourself up on the comments, they are good, we're just trying to help you find ways to make them better. I know the NCAA season is coming to an end, but if you can find some level 7-10 or elite gymnastics nearby (they tend to go into early summer and the lower levels start up again in early fall); it may very well be a worth while chance to practice some framing timing and background management (often more cluttered) and in my experience also more of a technical challenge in even darker venues.
Do you have a gallery with more from the event?