Brenda Monahan  

Head in the Game by Brenda Monahan

January 2020 - Head in the Game

January 2020 - Brenda Monahan


About the Image(s)

I shot this image at a tournament my son was participating in. One of the mothers on the opposing team asked if I ever shared photos and I said "YES!" and proceeded to take photos of both teams, which was some of the most fun I have had shooting soccer.

It was a very sunny day, then it was anything but sunny...made it interesting for me as I worked on my exposures. I had to adjust the exposure on this and bring down the highlights and adjust the saturation and hue of the grass.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
14 comments posted

Martin Newland   Martin Newland
Hi Brenda,
This is a great action shot. You caught the exact moment of the header. I am not a fan of the "round ball game" and so I don't really understand it, but when I see your original there is a story of David and Goliath to be told. The tall invincible fellow and the two smaller ones closing in on him. I would include the other two lads who are participating in this piece of action. An odd number, like three, is always good in an image.   Posted: 01/05/2020 22:55:45
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I cannot disagree - I like your crop better! Thank you for the suggestion!   Posted: 01/06/2020 10:32:59

Shirley Pohlman   Shirley Pohlman
Brenda, nice catch on the action. The agony on his face has me thinking this is after he hit the ball with his head (a move that always makes me cringe). I like the way Martin cropped it to bring in more of the story. I feel that when you were softening the exposure and sharpness, you may have caught the young man in that softening because he looks much sharper in your original. I would suggest that you mask him when doing that. I love your action shots!   Posted: 01/06/2020 10:25:19
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I cringe with every header I see - but love capturing the players faces.

And I agree that the crop Martin has tells more of the story. Duly noted for next time.

Thanks for the feedback!   Posted: 01/06/2020 10:34:02

Hung Phan   Hung Phan
Your picture is nice,sharp.You had good catch.   Posted: 01/12/2020 22:44:10
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you!   Posted: 01/13/2020 07:07:34

Dan Olson   Dan Olson
(Group 90)
Nice photo with great camera settings. I also like the changes. Dan   Posted: 01/13/2020 08:18:59
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Dan!   Posted: 01/13/2020 08:38:55

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
I like the image with and without the story. Looks like a good game...would probably loose a point for sharpness, but have just come back from a ruthless club meeting.   Posted: 01/14/2020 23:20:02
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Be as ruthless as you need, Piers. I won't get better if I don't hear it :-) It was a great game and we should have won, but the ref called a bad goal and it went into overtime and then a shoot out and the other team won in the shootout.   Posted: 01/20/2020 14:28:47

Piers Blackett   Piers Blackett
Hi Brenda! Although a relative novice I have the following further thoughts probably based on BIF or birds in flight attempts. It seems that sharpness is a fundamental challenge and common to most of the genres. I find that tweaking slightly with the clarify and dehaze sliders on the PSD or TIFF image helps, but can increase noise. The other issue is photographic technique which is also sensor and lens dependent. I am tending towards primes but high-end zooms with low f numbers ("fast lenses") help the sensor and automatic focusing by letting in more light. Pixel density may not help if the lens lacks resolving power; this is becoming a new problem since top cameras have pushed up the megapixel counts (just discovered this with a new Canon!, hence the search for good lenses). The other thing is tracking the image before shooting while latching on to the image helps the camera get closer to the focal point so that it focuses faster, preferably with a burst mode. In this case it would have been the ball or player's head or eyes. Eyes being open are higher scoring points, although he looks like he is being bonked on the head! He looks somewhat like my red-headed nephew who plays soccer in England. Piers   Posted: 01/21/2020 14:55:39
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you for all of this feedback and explanation, I like your comparison to the BIF, that makes sense.   Posted: 01/23/2020 12:42:23

Harry M. Stuart   Harry M. Stuart
Martin's crop and Piers' explanation. Can't say it better.   Posted: 01/23/2020 08:34:35
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thanks, Harry!   Posted: 01/23/2020 12:41:05