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Thanks, Frank! It's a young man's game. As for the signal in #16, something to do with kicking my ass, I think, but the heat, weight of my gear and so many stairs beat her to it.
Bob: Again, thank you for (more of) your thoughtful, constructive critique. Unfortunately, yesterday was the only day of the tournament I was shooting, filling in for the contract photographer. But that doesn't diminish the relevance of your comments.
-digs that require the player to lay out. Man, those are tough to get. I'll be posting the closest I came to it below. I suppose if I knew the sport better I might be able to anticipate such things, or I'd have to treat it like trying to capture a diving infielder in baseball (or goalkeeper in soccer) and just focus on the one player for an extended period of time and hope for the best. I was far from being fluid enough in my shooting yesterday to have much of a chance at these.
-strong blocks. I feel like I got photos of these, but none that really stood out. I'm posting an interesting take on this below.
-I definitely didn't understand the signals. There were times when I could decipher enough to figure I knew who the serve was going to, and that helped me get some of the digs. Good to know there's much more to it than that!
-Good advice about where to set up, and your comparison of the hitter to a pitcher. I don't know when I'll have another crack at this, but between spending a full day at it and the feedback you (and Jay) have provided, I'll be better prepared. Thank you!
Jay: Awesome feedback. Thank you for taking the time to explain your take on so many of the images. It all makes sense, and it is so very useful to 'see' my images through someone else's eyes, particularly eyes that are keenly attuned to the particular sport. Your comments and what Bob has provided are exactly what I was hoping for when I posted this thread. I appreciate it.
Okay, here are the last three I will post in a thread that already has too many photos. This is in reaction to the feedback provided, though I expect these only approximate what has been suggested.
20. Laying out (sort of) for the dig
21. Above the net for the hit
22. Not what he had in mind going up for the block