jmphotocraft wrote: »
Some nice captures and good exposures, but it looks like you were shooting from a standing position. Gotta get down and kneel or sit to make the players larger than life. Also, open up that lens all the way and blur the background. As-is, it's distracting.
wmstumme wrote: »
As a hobbyist myself, I realize 2.8 lenses may easily exceed your budget--so bluring out the background isn't always that easy. A couple of things I've found to help (not completely overcome) are 1) to crop closely and 2) to try and shoot wherever possible near subjects at the long end of your zoom. By the latter, I mean when you are zoomed out at 400 mm (I think in an ealier post you said you were using a 100-400), and the subject is closer to you, the DOF is much shorter than when you have all the settings the same, except your focal point is on the other side of the field.
# 1 is relatively easier to do--for example, I think your last photo might present better with a crop tight around the two boys making contact. #2 is much harder because no-one running around the field is worried about where you the photographer want them to be. Also, the more you zoom, the harder it can be to keep up with the action through the eye-piece.
It took me a long time to accept that I couldn't get shots of all the action in the game regardless of where it happened on the field. Now I try and anticipate those instances where the action is going to occur in the areas my gear can more appropriately reach...
I really like what you're capturing and look forward to seeing more.