Brenda Monahan  

Friend v Friend by Brenda Monahan

January 2020 - Friend v Friend

January 2020 - Brenda Monahan


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Friend v Friend

This image was taken during a school game this fall. My daughter is the one in yellow on the right, and one of her good friends is in the blue with the googly eyes stuck to her glasses. The girls play on the same U12 town team but play against each other on their school teams.

I wasn't paying attention that day and found myself having to make some adjustments to exposure, highlights, and clarity.

Canon 70D
Canon EF 100-400mm 4.5/5.6 L IS II
ISO 320

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8 comments posted

Gerald Emmerich   Gerald Emmerich
I like the action, the separation of the three players, and the out of focus background. I also think the image could be improved by some minor cropping. Cropping the top of the frame eliminates the distracting bright tree limb in the center top left. Cropping on the left of the frame helps the left-to-right flow of the action - since the action is left to right, I like to have more room in the direction of the action (than in the direction away from the action, and I like a one-third distance behind and two-thirds distance ahead). Small cropping on the bottom eliminates some of the out-of-focus grass in the foreground.

Of course, the cropping is my opinion, but I think it really helps the overall impact of an already great capture.   Posted: 01/09/2020 22:40:50
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Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
I am so happy to be able to learn from other sports photographers. Thank you for your crop suggestions. I see what you are saying and will keep that in mind in the future.   Posted: 01/10/2020 21:24:28

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Brenda, I like Gerald's crop and agree with his comments. Most sports photographers I know suggest a very tight crop to emphasize the subjects and action. I find it difficult to please girls sports photos because they are so aware of their appearance. The Canon 7D paired with the 100-400 lens is a great combination for sports if the light is good and your choice of F5 is the best to help blur the background. One suggestion is to be very aware of what is in the background where you are shooting from, such as porta potties, cars, garbage cans and spectators. They can ruin a really good shot if you are not careful. Bruce   Posted: 01/14/2020 18:38:53
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you for the feedback, Bruce. I appreciate it! I also appreciate the advice on backgrounds, that is very helpful.   Posted: 01/14/2020 19:49:16

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
I second Gerry's and Bruce's comments.   Posted: 01/26/2020 14:39:48

Diane Brown   Diane Brown
In addition to the analysis above, I would encourage you to kneel or shoot from a lower angle. I think that will help them appear larger than life, which is further interesting because of their youth.   Posted: 01/26/2020 22:31:48
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Diane. I've actually made that comment to my husband...that I need to be closer to the ground, so he bought me a blanket with a waterproof bottom so I can sit, kneel, lay-down, whatever, to get better shots. Now, to put said blanket to use...

I appreciate your feedback and validation for what I'd been feeling I should do!   Posted: 01/27/2020 08:10:23

Joseph Kubala   Joseph Kubala
You've captured a great action shot from the youth soccer match. I like that three players are shown in the composition and don't mind that the left hand player is slightly out of focus. The hair flying and the expression on the face of the player in blue both add to the impact of this image. Great shot!   Posted: 01/30/2020 18:21:41