Don James  

Cross to a Header by Don James

May 2023 - Cross to a Header

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Title - Cross to a Header

Picture taken in the 2nd round of the South Carolina Upper State Soccer High School Playoffs (5-3-2023) “ Catawba Ridge High School vs. South Aiken. Catawba Ridge continues their quest for a state cup title on Friday, 5-5-2023 vs. Riverside. Pictured is Josh White, #9, who received a corner kick from James Abramo, #11. The ball went wide of the goal, but Catawba Ridge ultimately won 5-0.

The image was taken with a Nikon Z9. Lens used and picture details - Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S @ 200mm, f/2.8, 1/1000, ISO360. The image was cropped and enhanced in Lightroom.

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

Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi James. Welcome to the group, you will find a wide array of photos here in this group, very educational. Your soccer photo is well captured with the ball and players hair in the ideal place. The two players in white are struggling to compete with the heading player also well captured both with closed eyes and mouths grimacing. The background players also well captured all looking in the same direction show observational looks. F2.8 worked strongly in your favour as background players not sharp but recognisable but spectators are completely out of focus, another positive for the photo. This is a not so common sports shot and IMO worthy of competition status. The position you have taken this photo from I have been told by photogs is the best place to stand if possible for soccer photos between goal and corner, get ready when the cross happens. General photos throughout on field play just give you a lot of processing and deleting work. Well done Don.   Posted: 05/05/2023 01:56:30

Bruce Benson   Bruce Benson
Hey Don, Welcome the Group 59, it is great to see another soccer person in the group. I hope you can enjoy the posts by everyone and also learn from them. Your first image caught the peak action which is the most important in sports photography. It shows a story that the viewer wants to see more of and keeps interest. Most sports photographers like to see a tight crop to focus on the action so I tried cropping to a vertical format and adjusted the shadows a bit using camera raw in photoshop. Of course, the choice is always up the to person who took the photo. Again welcome to the group Bruce   Posted: 05/05/2023 15:30:41
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Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Don, welcome to group 59 as another Nikon fellow user (I have your same gear). Your image is full of action and sharp. I am not sure that I like Bruce's crop, it amputated the players feet, and the ball is touching the frame. Indeed, the success of sports photography is to register the decisive moment, as is here. With the option of 20 frames/sec in raw, or 120 frames in .jpg, the possibilities are endless.   Posted: 05/08/2023 12:28:07

Hans-Werner Griepentrog   Hans-Werner Griepentrog
Hello Don, welcome to the Sports Group 59. You show a great soccer photo for the first time. Bruce has cropped your photo, but I think that the legs of the players must be seen in the picture, so I have chosen a new crop, it also emphasizes the jumping skills of the player in the green jersey.   Posted: 05/09/2023 04:53:23
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Kerry McFarlane
Hi Don, welcome to Sports Group 59. Im sure you will find the comments beneficial; I am learning so much from these guys. Awesome first image, great action and expressions and very sharp. I like the crop Hans has provided, which included the players legs and I feel has really homed in on the action.   Posted: 05/18/2023 03:51:45

Gerald Emmerich Jr   Gerald Emmerich Jr
Your photo shows good technique, and you've captured the action at its peak. Showing all of the faces adds great interest for the viewer. I agree that the photo should be cropped a little more on the right and left, keeping all of the feet in the frame. I would also crop on the left and right to eliminate all of the skin mergers on the left and right.
  Posted: 05/24/2023 18:49:47
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Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Gerald, I am always worried about amputating body parts at the images edge. Obviously, this is not a concern for you. How about general judges ?   Posted: 05/29/2023 06:12:30

Don James   Don James
Thank you all for your comments. Great feedback and things to think about.   Posted: 05/30/2023 14:26:07