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tarntyke

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« on: April 18, 2015, 03:56:37 PM »
I tried this for the first time today and found it very challenging. I missed a lot of wickets by chimping the previous delivery. Does anyone have any tips for getting good close-ups with reasonable DOF?
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Local cricket
« on: April 18, 2015, 03:56:37 PM »

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Re: Local cricket
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2015, 06:03:04 AM »
You're right it is a challenging sport but I like shooting it.  At local level you're usually dealing with shooting mainly white clothing against a dark background which can cause over exposure on the whites in addition to the constantly variable weather/light. I used to worry about missing wickets but I realised I'll never capture everything. There's just way too much out of your control - fielders moving into the shot etc.  If you're shooting for a club they'll generally appreciate a range of action shot featuring the players rather than just the wickets.

I'm not sure what you used for the shots you have but you have a great set up for getting in close - the 500 f4 and 1.4 tele. Even then don't be afraid do crop hard.  I use the Tamron 150-600 working mostly at 600 end.  I mostly use a shutter speed of 1/1000 to 1/2000 and work at f7.1 to f8 as its a bit sharper on the Tammy than f6.3. 
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Re: Local cricket
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2015, 07:39:08 AM »
Nice shots!

If I can make one recommendation it's that if you're ever in Hampshire visit Broadhalfpenny Down and try shooting the Brigands.  The standard of cricket isn't great to be honest but it's a beautiful place to take cricket photos.  I've only been a couple of times but will definitely go again this Summer. 

As for settings I tend to go for as high a shutter speed as I can to freeze the action and I tend to try and include the ball where I can, it just seems to bring a lot of the shots alive.   Normally as you're a good distance from the action you can afford a relatively shallow depth of field.  I think all these are F5.6 or 6.3 (Fastest I can go).  It's *really* worthwhile to move around the field and use different angles, obviously being careful not to move behind the bowler's arm.

But good luck, for such a supposedly dull sport it offers a lot of challenges, especially as mentioned above those whites!!!

I should mention that my longest lens is the 70-300 so I don't quite have the reach that I would like.  At least another 100 would help and it's a small ground there!

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Re: Local cricket
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