I made a mental note to myself to close this thread around the end of February. We've had enough time now to post our favorite shot of 2003. I'm going to lock this thread now, but I'll leave it anchored here for a while longer for viewing.
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The year end is near, and I thought I'd solicit for your favorite sports/action shot of the year. Note: favorite This does not necessarily have to be your best shot. And favorite can be based on any criteria, just keep it in the realm of action/sports.
Honestly, I had an awful time picking one favorite, but here's mine for starters.
Nikon D100 AF-I 400mm f/2.8 with TC-20E converter Focal Length: 800mm White Balance: Shade -3 (which was WAY too warm) Exposure Mode: Shutter Priority AF Mode: AF-C Hue Adjustment: 0° Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern Tone Comp: Normal Sharpening: Normal 1/160 sec - f/13 Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached Noise Reduction: OFF Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
I was told that my image does not show, nor does the small image in my signature. Both look fine on my computer. Here is a link to the photo. I would appreciate feedback on whether the link works, and others have trouble viewing the photo as I originally posted last night. The photo is on pbase, and I’ve never had trouble posting photos from there before.
Hope I’m not too late to post in this thread. I just now saw it. I just started shooting sports this year, and picking a favorite was not easy. Everything, except soccer games, was night games. I have some poor light night high school football shots that I really like, but I chose this one, my only chance at the majors.
This is a double play in action. 2nd baseman has already tagged runner out, I froze the ball in mid air on the way to 1st base, and the batter can be seen at the bottom of the photo on his way to first.
D100 Old Nikkor 70-210 f/4-5.6 1/500s f/5.3 at 180mm ISO 1250
This is one of my favorite shots due to the intensity displayed by the opposing captains as they battle in a tightly contested game; the other is that the one in purple is my daughter. I have many great shots of my daughter this season, most much sharper with great lighting, but for some reason this one brings back all the memories of the game. Technically the picture is substandard because of very strong backlighting due to a very bright afternoon sun from anywhere on the field but one end line that was completely in shade..
Here's my favorite shot taken at this year's Tour (day 4). The pelaton was going up hill... at about 20-24mph. Later that week I got a chance to ride up Alpe D'Huez on my bike... took me 2.5 hrs... with an F5 in my bike bag... took Lance about 37 minutes. Must have been the added weight of the F5. (right!)
I'm still in AWE of everything you have posted here. Everything is so clear. On the picture you posted here, did you pan with the motorcycle to blur everything, except the motorcycle, is it small depth of field? or is it PS?
I noticed on your corvette pics (which are also great) there isn't much background or foreground blurring.
That's a great shot of George and Lance!!! I always tour with my little N80 with it's handy built in flash for shots like this one taken while bicycle camping in Montana last July. The TDF was on at the time and whenever we went through a town we'd always ask for news of the standings and cheer when Lance kept his lead.
Not my tandem, I was exhasted after a long day of climbing in 104 degree heat, laying on the ground next to my tent, looked to my left and saw this. The memories of the day are what make this my favorite sports photo of the year.
This may not be my best but certainly my favorite. While taking shots at my son's softball tournament I inadvertently loaded a role of film partially exposed the day before (same tournament). The neat part of this accidental double exposure was that the two young men in the photograph are brothers. Their mother has this one sitting on her desk at work.
After years of trying I FINALLY got a shot I really like at a race.
Victor is my hero, this shot is distinctly average compared to the stuff he posts but I'm happy with it. It was taken behind the catch fence, which makes it very difficult to get a clean shot. Still this works, it's my first ever successful panning shot, and I love how it turned out. The color is a little desaturated by the web pallette, but I think you'll get the point:
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Hi Mark, I was a beach boy born in the Great White so- me fix! Ive been a CanAM Kiwi bloke for 18 years, or a coupla haircuts, as we say down under. "Lets Play Heads Up Hockey, Kids"- Howie Meeker "I went to the fights last nite, and a hockey game broke out!"- Rodney Dangerfield. Hey Victor-hope you dont mind this distraction-I told ya before, Your The King!
Here is one of my latest favorite, taken just today. What makes this one of my favorite is not only because the mustang is actually sharp but also because of the other car in the background. I've been trying to capture this sort of shots for a while now.
My hat's off to you Victor, shooting motorsports is definitely harder than it seems. Your photos are my inspirations.
I have been trying to figure out how to get my photos to show up in my posts here. I was told this photo did not show up before when I tried posting in this thread several days ago. I’ve been messing with it for some time, and want to know if anyone can now see the photo I picked to be one of my favorites of 2003. I’m including it again. Thanks for letting me know.