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FGCU Tennis Invitational (image heavy)


Cape Coral, US
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Ferguson Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the generous sharing of his high level expertise in the spirit of Nikonians Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004
Mon 21-Jan-13 02:25 AM | edited Mon 21-Jan-13 02:29 AM by Ferguson

I read through Perrone's thread, and Ryan's critique several times before embarking yesterday on a tennis shoot. I hope I learned something, but flaws are all mine.

Criticism or suggestions welcomed:

#1, D4, 200-400 @ 250mm @ F4, 1/800th

#2: D4, 70-200 @ 155mm @ F2.8:

#3: D4, 200-400 @ 220mm @ F4, 1/1600th. This was a heavy crop as I almost missed the shot, so nothing left on the left to include (I do have some more leg but I think it looked better cropped together).

#4: Here's the "feet come up slightly" that was mentioned in that other thread. It's a D4 with 200-400 @ 360mm @ F4, 1/2000th. It misses the moment of contact, but got the aerial aspect. Couldn't decide if I liked it for the feet, or disliked it for the ball position (which isn't where she is looking, isn't even obviously going to hit the racket).

#5: D4, 200-400 @ F4 @ 210mm, 1/1250th. This girl plays pretty good tennis but I had a heck of a time catching here in a shot that was photogenic, it frequently looked too awkward, especially her forehand. So here's the backhand.

#6: D4, 200-400 @ 340mm, F4, 1/1250th. Another of the over-the-net that was part of the debate in the other thread. I compromised, I got some of both.

#7: I had to let the D800 be represented, so here's one on the 200-400 @ 260mm, F4, 1/1250th. It's got a lousy background, but she looked better in the backhand than the forehand (with respect to a photograph at least).

I found the D800 a decent choice, it's under-represented here as I decided to just carry one camera the second day. I found that shooting bursts on the D4 only helped occasionally, the speed of the swing is such that a spray-and-pray approach just did not work well, I found I needed to anticipate the shot to get near the moment of contact with any consistency at all (and then only maybe 1 in 5 shots).

Anyway... if anyone wants to see the whole collection:


Criticism very much welcomed. Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow, and can't shoot the third day of the event.


Comments welcomed on pictures: Http://captivephotons.com