Gophers vs. Northwestern
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sandman22
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Hey all I want to start off by saying this was alot of firsts for me so things may be a little shaky but I am looking for advice to improve. I coach football so I have actually never shot a game before. This was my first time shooting football and t happened to be at the Gopher game which is the first time at a college event for me. I needed to get some pictures of a player for a magazine I shoot for Weather was not ideal and I was shooting with a 400 5.6 s I needed to shoot at fairly high iso for a day game to stop action when I wasnt using the 70-200. Just letting you know so when you lay into me you may take it a little easier

Thanks

Ben



sandman22
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5-8



sandman22
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last ones thanks for looking



CW100
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looks like you got some good actions shots, nice set



dankopp
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I don't think you need to worry about harsh criticism with this set. Great job, especially in the rain.



Caleb Williams
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Some of these could be downsized sharpening issues, but these look soft in many cases, excluding 3 and 11.

Looks like a lot of these photos have high blacks as in the darker areas of your images aren't that dark. Photo 8 is a great example of what looks good.



Scott Sewell
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I don't want this to seem like I'm "laying into" you but none of these look sharp enough to keep. Maybe--emphasize maybe--numbers 3, 5 and 8, but even those look over-processed; there's something that's just not right about them. Sorry.



Matt OHarver
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I agree with Scott, none look sharp and surely need some proper editing. I want to show you a 30 second adjustment in Photoshop to your last photo and notice the difference. I pinched the levels and hit it with a run through noise ninja.


723913 by MattOphotog, on Flickr


Matt



SpreadHDGFX
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Could this be an issue of condensation on the lens?



P Alesse
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Yes... quite a few of soft to very soft images here and I'm finding the WB a bit off. The timing and action are almost there, but much needed improvement needed on the technicals.



Caleb Williams
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SpreadHDGFX wrote:
Could this be an issue of condensation on the lens?

It was rainy/misty yesterday, though I was out of town at a different game (finally got to watch a game rather than shooting it). I would expect that this was this could be the reason for the blacks not being too black.



sandman22
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Hey guys thanks for the feedback. Picture 8 and 3 were the ones I took before it started misting/raining. It actually came down pretty decent the entire second half. i have nbever shot in rain before so I am sure I was doing things wrong. What are the typical things to do while shooting in rain? How do my shots all of a sudden become more soft again? Was I shooting at to slow of a shutter speed? some were like 1/800 and 1/640 even which is probably to slow for college football? I will be the first to admit I need work in post. I have improved a little since i started 9 months ago, but still have a ways to go. I didn't run any of these through any type of noise reduction. Should I have shot at auto white balance? Thanks for the tips keep em coming!!

Ben



Caleb Williams
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sandman22 wrote:
Hey guys thanks for the feedback. Picture 8 and 3 were the ones I took before it started misting/raining. It actually came down pretty decent the entire second half. i have nbever shot in rain before so I am sure I was doing things wrong. What are the typical things to do while shooting in rain? How do my shots all of a sudden become more soft again? Was I shooting at to slow of a shutter speed? some were like 1/800 and 1/640 even which is probably to slow for college football? I will be the first to admit I need work in post. I have improved a little since i started 9 months ago, but still have a ways to go. I didn't run any of these through any type of noise reduction. Should I have shot at auto white balance? Thanks for the tips keep em coming!!
Ben

Don't worry, you weren't the only one shooting at high ISO. At the game I was at, here is the exif from one of the shots taken (this was a little later in the day, after 1).

1/1250 at /2.8; 3200; f=400 mm. This is the equivalent of 1/640th at /2.8 and ISO 1600, which for outside is pretty dim.

Also take a look at the Strib Galleries take at the same time. Probably no Exif though.
http://www.startribune.com/galleries/174050591.html
http://www.startribune.com/sports/gophers/174043681.html



SpreadHDGFX
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Do you guys know of any way to prevent condensation on a lens? I know for swimming, to prevent that, we would rub toothpaste on the inside of our goggles, but I'm about 90% sure you wouldn't want to attempt it with your lens.

Any suggestions?



Caleb Williams
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SpreadHDGFX wrote:
Do you guys know of any way to prevent condensation on a lens? I know for swimming, to prevent that, we would rub toothpaste on the inside of our goggles, but I'm about 90% sure you wouldn't want to attempt it with your lens.

Any suggestions?

About the only thing I can think of is to not make a very abrupt transition from inside to outside.