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| p.1 #2 · First time High School Baseball (asking for feedback) |
John, understand that the following comments are coming from a non-pro, so I may get contradicted by guys here who have a better understanding of the requirements necessary for a solid newspaper image.
If I were the editor, I'd probably not worry about the slight blur and go with #2. It doesn't have the bg distractions and is good action (although not the most flattering facial expression, lol). You have to remember the pitcher's arm movement in relation to your position is across the frame and at peak speed in his delivery (maybe in the 80-90mph range). A quick look at the distortion in his arm is a good indication of just how fast the movement is. A shutter speed of 1/3200 from a sideways angle just isn't short enough to freeze that movement.
IMO, a better shot for publishing would be taken from behind the backstop, and at the moment in the delivery that you show in the last shot, with the ball up behind his head. It's a straight-on view and doesn't have the open-mouth look. Additionally, since there is little movement in the pitcher's arm and ball in relation to your frame, it's much easier to freeze it with a lesser shutter speed. Plus, it has more of a portrait feel, which would seem to work better for a feature story on him.
Last comments would be to rotate the image until that outfield line is perfectly level, and that the last frame (with the darkened bg) looks way too unnatural to me. Maybe if it were done a little more carefully and with more subtlety, it could work. Just my .02...