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Monday, July 5, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photo

Safe or Out?

Safe-or-Out

This image was taken with a DSLR and a 28 – 200mm lens. The ISO was 400 exposed for 1/640 sec @f/8.

The end of the 2010 Dapper Dan Little League regular season has come. This photo was taken during the last game of the regular season for this team. Usually I sit or stand in a place where I have clear view of the field. However, for this game I decided to sit in the bleachers and shoot through the fence, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

When shooting this way it is best to take the camera off of Auto-focus and use manual focus instead so that the fence won’t interfere with the focusing. During bang bang plays, like this one, it is quite challenging in getting the focus right. I had already been pre-focused on another player and had to point, focus and shoot almost instantaneously in order to get this photo.

The only way you could capture an image like this with a point & shoot camera is to have already pre-focused on this particular area and have already held your shutter release half-way down. Then you might have a chance, but how many times are you going to be pointing your camera in the right direction, pre-focused and holding the shutter half-way down at the right moment. That’s why a DSLR is best for sports photography.

As for this play? I’ll leave it to your imagination to decide on whether or not the runner was safe or out… :-)