Kerry McFarlane  

Side Step by Kerry McFarlane

June 2022 - Side Step

June 2022 - Kerry McFarlane


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Title: Side Step

Shot at a local country Australian Rules Football game between Quambatook and Wandella. Here the Quambatook player has the ball and is attempting to get away from his Wandella opponents. This was shot late in the day with limited sunlight.

Camera: D850 Nikon
Lens: 150 - 600 f5 - 6.3 Tamron Lens at 240mm
Settings: ISO 1250 f5.3 1/6400

11 comments posted

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hi Kerry, I like your crop from the original better. However, the photo does not seem to me to be completely sharp. It can't be due to the shutter speed, which is very fast at 1/6400. I suspect that the autofocus was not set to the player with the ball.   Posted: 06/09/2022 04:53:51
Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for your comments Hans. My shutter speed is super fast and I was having a battle to get nice exposure on the day. I was using Aperture mode on a cloudy dull day. Need to work on my camera setting more   Posted: 06/10/2022 20:59:22

Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Kerry, it is really impressive as how these players have no protection gear at all compared to the Americans. I think the light was in your favor like a gigantic soft light box. To my eye the players in the front are pretty sharp, not so the ones in the background which is desirable. My only concern is the amputated player, but fortunately it was possible to eliminate him with just cropping. Yes, I agree that now the bearded man is almost touching the frame creating some tension. Now we have three players in the front

  Posted: 06/09/2022 08:34:32
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Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for your comments Isaac. Yes, Aussie rules football is not for the faint hearted!!! I liked the competition between the half player and the player with the ball which was to be the story of my shot. Put this in for comment wondering how much weight the amputated my man would have. A good learning point for me, thank you   Posted: 06/10/2022 21:04:59

Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi Kerry. This is almost a very good photo of the typical contest within Australian Rules, the Wandalla player has been cutoff and I know how easily this can happen I have taken many photos such as this, it comes about as players can often just bob up into the frame from nowhere. Isaacs cropped version is probably a better photo but it tells a different story. The Quambatook player is shifting his weight to the right instigating a baulk, but why would he baulk into the bearded Wandalla players he would surely be tackled? Keep those Aussie Rules photos going Aussies maybe biased but we say it is the greatest game of football.
PS I notice you have taken a photo from Quambatook, the home of the just recently passed on Jim "Quambatook" Wallis one of the great unsung heroes of the St.Kilda Football club (AFL team). I saw Jim play for St.Kilda in his short 3-year career only 39 games with St.Kilda. Struck down with a serious knee injury. I remember him as a fine tall player in both defence and attack and most importantly a man that anyone who met him would refer to him as their friend, he had natural Australian rural charm. Told this also by a fellow from Quambatook who new him as did everyone who lived in Quambatook.   Posted: 06/10/2022 19:46:20
Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for your comments Ron. I put this image in seeking feedback as to whether eye contact between the Wandella (half man) and Tobie Cameron (ball carrier) was strong enough to overlook the amputation. General contentious is no.... I really liked that there was a competition between the two players but did not nail the shot.

I live at Cannie which is about 18 minutes from Quambatook. Jim Wallis for a time early on lived on the farm which joins the back of ours with his partner Jan. Jim was indeed an awesome man. So genuine and giving of his time and energy, he has left a big hole in the Quambatook community. He taught at Quambatook school and it was amazing how many ex students posted messages on his memorial site, he made an impression on everyone he met. Sadly he never got to reach his full potential on the football field due to his knee injury but maintained his love of the game and dedicated many hours to assisting the Quambatook Football Club.   Posted: 06/10/2022 20:55:49
Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
There is no question about it: I am learning about the sport   Posted: 06/11/2022 06:13:17

Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Your comment about the interplay between the ball carrier is duly noted, and I can't decide whether I like a cropped version or your submitted version. The story is so much better with the interplay, but half a body is a problem. I went a bit further with the cropping compared to Isaac's crop. I cropped left, right, top and bottom for better balance.   Posted: 06/21/2022 17:22:58
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Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Then I thought it might help to crop your image to maintain the interplay. So I cropped top and bottom and a tiny bit on the right. When I compare the two cropped versions, I think I like the one with the interplay better.   Posted: 06/21/2022 17:25:37
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Kerry McFarlane
Thank you for the efforts to improve my image. This has been a good learning exercise for me. Firstly get it right in camera and next to try different crops. Thanx again Gerald   Posted: 06/21/2022 18:17:33

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hey Kerry, My most important rule in a sports image is that it must tell a story, and yours surely does that. I would not like to be tackled by the big guy in the background and the small one does cuts off the angle of escape. Isaac's version is the best for composition for for me and Gerald's adds to the story so either is ok but both are an improvement in my opinion. Either way, great image. Bruce   Posted: 06/22/2022 09:42:47


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