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Runner and focus settings


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poc Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2008
Sat 16-Feb-13 04:06 PM

Hello all,
I am trying to get better at shooting some indoor H.S. track meets. Not easy!!
My specific question has to do with focusing and focus settings.

Location: In this venue you take what you get and the most ideal position seems to be as they are rounding the corner. Not much time to find your runner, and focus in.

What I have been doing: D600 with 70-200 VR II at 2.8 and around 100mm, ISO 3200. AF Continuous, d9 (I assume this is the number of focus points used). I find a subject reasonably close to my son, when they round the corner, I try to place the focus point on his yellow shirt, press the back focus button and shoot away....... with mixed results. I try to pan with him but on a number of shots the camera locks in on something else and typically back focuses. When I look at the images on the back of the camera I can see that the focus point is somewhere other than my runner. I typically begin with the runner coming towards me and end up catching them from the side. Samples enclosed.

What am I doing wrong? Where could I improve? If you have comments other than the specific question, I would welcome them.

No suggestion is too simple.

Thank you in advance for your time and attention.


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