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I brought my camera to an orioles game today. I was happy with some of the results I got from my Nikon 55-200 f4-5.6 VR.

Took a little under 200 shots, most of them turned out pretty sharp and useable, but since I was shooting in burst I had a lot that were almost duplicates.
Here were a few that stood out to me that I would like to post up for critique:

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post #2 of 26
Good work you got there. I own the same lens and love it. You might just want to frame your shot a little better, but that can be fixed by cropping.
    
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post #3 of 26
There's a lot of bad fringing, and some kind of weird halation/softness going on.
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There's a lot of bad fringing, and some kind of weird halation/softness going on.


Could that be results of my post processing? How would I avoid that? Even though it was overcast most of the day, my shutter speeds were usually 1/1000 or higher so it shouldn't be blur or focus issues. Also I was shooting from the stands and some of those are heavily cropped. While 200mm gets me a decentview of the action, it still seemed like not enough for shots on the other side of the field.
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post #5 of 26
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I just looked up those terms, but I think my problem is that I'm probably trying to crank up the blacks and contrast too much in pp. I went to my local library and they have a lightroom tutorial book on the way to my branch for me to check out, but I've just been going on trial and error so far without it.
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post #6 of 26
Lightroom includes Adobe's lens correction profiles that are often quite good at removing lateral CA (color fringes), you might want to try that. It's near or at the very bottom of the develop pane, IIRC.
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Found it.
Thank you for your guidance sub
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post #8 of 26
The fringing is still there. Looks like you underexposed your "edited" version?
    
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post #9 of 26
How much are you cropping out? Those images look really soft.
post #10 of 26
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I had to crop out a good bit to get the framing I wanted. While the lens is decent for what it is, 200mm just wasn't quite enough to get me as close to the action as I wanted it. I know that will give me some softness as you cannot add pixels to the image. Cropping and resizing makes imperfections even more noticeable then the original image. Is there anything else that could contribute to softness besides cropping, motion blur, or focus? The shutter speed should have been fast enough to avoid blur and shake, and I have had no problems with focusing using the lens or camera. Sharpness always seems to be the problem i have. These pics were just quick 5 minute pp jobs just so I could throw something up. Tonight I will spend more time on them.

Thanks for taking the time to help. I really want to learn and one day be on a professional level.
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