Mini-Challenge #187 - Sports FACT - RESULTS

lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils ImagingRegistered Users Posts: 1,461 Major grins
edited June 10, 2014 in The Dgrin Challenges
This mini challenge has many great sports images from many different sports and ages.

I selected the images based on FACT - Face, Action, Contact and Toy -(ball, bat, etc.) and also: focus, DOF, lighting, color, storytelling, composition and impact.

For the fun of it, here are four images that are either humorous or have special meaning, at least to me. The baseball collision is with a player from Michigan State University, which is the school I root for in any sport. So, I am little partial to that just for the fun of it. And the other three I think speak for themselves.
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My top ten favorites are from many different sports. From this group I selected six to review.

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Two Special Mention:
Coming Around Left-handed by wmstumme (Will)
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Got all the four FACT components - Face, Action, Contact and Toy. Focus and dof are both very good. I do feel that the image is a little underexposed perhaps, which to me distracts from the image.

The tongue by GSPeP (Peter)
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Any parent would consider this a keeper. The concentration by the young boy and the hip movement would do any batting coach proud. Captured motion of the bat, ball and boy. Focus appears to be off just a tad and shadows could maybe be reduced just a little.

Four
Out of My Way by Mike J
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Got all the four FACT components - Face, Action, Contact and Toy. Capturing sports in the winter I think has a little extra difficulty and that is dealing with the white snow. It takes a little more experience and knowledge to get a good exposure as was done in this image. Lighting, color, dof, focus, etc. are all there. I really like the captured motion and illustrated motion (blur snow flying) in one image, which I believe is an usual combination in any sports image. I do find the sign to be a little distracting.

Three
The Pitcher by jmphotocraft (Jack)
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Perfectly captured baseball pitcher. Background out of focus, excellent dof, lighting on the face and color. Captured emotion on the face is striking. Got three of the four FACT components. I would hope that any parent would want a copy of this image (Jack recently posted a survey of images reflecting parents tastes, which was contrary to voting photographers idea of an excellent sports image.)

Two
The Cross by jmphotocraft (Jack)
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It was very difficult to chose between these last two. This image has got it all. Two players faces captured with different emotions. The intensity is striking. Everything technical is perfect - lighting, color, focus, and more. Action (captured motion) of the two players. Contact - player contacting the ball. Toy - the ball. Lines from left to right to the ball really adds to the image.

One
Eyes Ahead by Mike J
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Got all the four FACT components - Face, Action, Contact and Toy. Captured face straight on and eyes looking right at the viewer. Action shows both captured and illustrated motion with the snow blurred a little. Contact - the pole which is a line going in opposite the direction of the skier. Toys - pole skis - a wee bit of correction here perhaps - cropped a little too tight with one ski just barely showing. And as mentioned above it can take a little more technical knowledge to get the correct exposure in all that white background.

Well done Mike J and over to you for the next Dgrin mini challenge. (Mike I will send you a Dgrin PM to advise what to do next.)

BTW, the collages were done with a free and easy to use tool - Google Picasa.

Phil
http://www.PhilsImaging.com
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams
Phil

Comments

  • Mike JMike J Having Fun! Registered Users Posts: 1,029 Major grins
    edited May 27, 2014
    Phil -
    I'm honored to have my photo chosen as the winner. I'll be posting a new challenge tomorrow... Humm wonder what it will be? Again, honored to be chosen with all of the great entries.
    Mike J

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  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USARegistered Users Posts: 2,977 Major grins
    edited May 27, 2014
    Thanks Phil! Honored to take 2nd and 3rd. The parents of The Pitcher did order a sequence including that shot. (It doesn't have all 4 components though?) As an alpine snowboarder myself, I enjoyed Mike's pics very much! Well done.
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils Imaging Registered Users Posts: 1,461 Major grins
    edited May 28, 2014
    Thanks Phil! Honored to take 2nd and 3rd. The parents of The Pitcher did order a sequence including that shot. (It doesn't have all 4 components though?) As an alpine snowboarder myself, I enjoyed Mike's pics very much! Well done.

    Glad to hear the parents did order "The Pitcher" image. I agree it doesn't have all four FACT components and I wonder if a pitching sequence throwing the ball could. I think it is fair to say that not every sport situation can have all four components and that is why I believe other factors add to the overall quality of a sports image. I am not a professional sports photographer, so this is just my opinion and I am always learning something new.

    In "The Two" image I especially like the line from the defender looking down toward the ball with the offensive player concentrating on the ball and his leg as part of that line. I am not sure a photog could set up a pose like that.

    Phil
    http://www.PhilsImaging.com
    "You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams
    Phil
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USARegistered Users Posts: 2,977 Major grins
    edited May 28, 2014
    Glad to hear the parents did order "The Pitcher" image. I agree it doesn't have all four FACT components

    No I meant that it does have all four, as you defined them. Contact with the toy - he's holding the ball.
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils Imaging Registered Users Posts: 1,461 Major grins
    edited May 28, 2014
    No I meant that it does have all four, as you defined them. Contact with the toy - he's holding the ball.

    Ah, I suppose that could apply, but I guess I would think more along the lines of another object or player contacting the toy (ball.) in that sports scenario.

    In the sample track photo, I listed that as 3 out of 4 components because the runners were holding the baton and no runners were touching each other.

    If that photo was of runners passing the baton - both making contact with the baton I would have added contact. Or if runners were bumping into each other I would include that as contact.

    This is definitely an art not a science. It is meant as a guideline, something easy to remember so when a person is just starting out to take sports photos they can apply it.

    Phil
    http://www.PhilsImaging.com
    "You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams
    Phil
  • jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hire Portland.ME.USARegistered Users Posts: 2,977 Major grins
    edited May 28, 2014
    I agree a pitcher holding a baseball is not quite the same as a soccer player kicking (or even about to kick) a soccer ball. Still, the possession of the ball/toy makes any sports photo infinitely more effective and meaningful, so I think I would still count it.
    -Jack

    An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.
  • lifeinfocuslifeinfocus Phils Imaging Registered Users Posts: 1,461 Major grins
    edited May 28, 2014
    I agree a pitcher holding a baseball is not quite the same as a soccer player kicking (or even about to kick) a soccer ball. Still, the possession of the ball/toy makes any sports photo infinitely more effective and meaningful, so I think I would still count it.

    Perhaps "Contact" could be defined as "in contact", or "making contact." The latter is what I had in mind but did not include in definition.
    http://www.PhilsImaging.com
    "You don't take a photograph, you make it." ~Ansel Adams
    Phil
  • GSPePGSPeP Major grins Steendorp, BelgiumRegistered Users Posts: 2,975 Major grins
    edited June 10, 2014
    Phil,

    Sorry for the late reply (was on vacation till yesterday) - Thanks for mentioning one and showing two of my pictures.
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