Brenda Monahan  

Catch Me If You Can by Brenda Monahan

September 2020 - Catch Me If You Can

September 2020 - Brenda Monahan


About the Image(s)

Title: Catch Me If You Can

It was a brief soccer season, but I was able to capture some shots of the 5v5 games my daughter played. In this shot, our player was running the ball down the field, and no one had yet caught her. She kept checking behind her, as if to see if anyone was catching up yet. I adjusted the colors a bit and cropped out the grass at the bottom of the photo.

Camera and Lens: Canon 70D, EF100-400 f/4.5-5.6, at 100mm
Settings: f/5, 1/800, ISO 320

7 comments posted

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Brenda, the title for your photo fits very well to the game scene, the player actually seems to be waiting to see where her pursuers are. Your cropped photo is a better choice than the original, also because the green part of the lawn in the foreground is not so dominant, also find it positive that you reduced the color of the green.   Posted: 09/04/2020 05:41:11
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you!   Posted: 09/04/2020 09:39:38

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hi Brenda, I like what Hans posted. Your image is well exposed and sharp. For a sports image,I would like to see more action, which shows drama, effort, expressions, muscle definition, determination etc. (see Gerald's image) I like that your image tells the story that she is looking for the opposition who are not able to keep up with her. I also like to include others in my framing as you have done. My suggestion is to try and look for and anticipate moments where peak action will happen. The images will be more dramatic and interesting,especially to those who do not know the players. Look for impending tackles, headers, goalie saves, collisions, or the other things you go to see at a game. I hope you don't think that I am being to critical, your are doing great and my comments are only suggestions that I think will make your images more interesting to those who are not involved in the game. The same things apply to other areas of photography. For wildlife, I try to get the animal doing something interesting rather that just sitting or standing still. You are welcome to check out my website at to see what I mean. I really love soccer and hope your daughter grows to love it as well, you images of her will be precious. Bruce   Posted: 09/04/2020 18:27:58
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Bruce, I appreciate your feedback on this image!I will definitely check out your website.   Posted: 09/07/2020 20:54:40
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
PS - I don't think you are being too critical, I appreciate every piece of guidance I receive.   Posted: 09/07/2020 20:55:41

Dan Minto   Dan Minto
Hello Brenda, a well captured image here. Sharp and background thrown out of focus slightly to bring the eye to the player.
My only comment is that if a sequence was taken, I would have looked to have just one defender in the left of the frame; it is a bit distracting to the viewer. If it is any help, my last sports photo editor would cull any of mine sent to him if even a finger protruded into the frame. I now cut all unnecessary people out of the frame and if I can't, I don't send it.
Overall though, a great image!   Posted: 09/07/2020 14:57:55
Brenda Monahan   Brenda Monahan
Thank you, Dan. Great tips - I am bummed the soccer season was cancelled for the I'll be taking your comments and applying them to edits of some older images.   Posted: 09/07/2020 20:58:15


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