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i got way more keepers than i think i have ever had in both games. the day game had more keepers than the night game of course. but all together i have about 100 including a few that was a presentation between the games.

took some great advice from sub50 that helped with the night games and my shots look better i think although there are some where i lowered the shutter speed but once i got to about 1/250 they were just a little too blurry for me considering i was still losing a lot of details in the faces because of shadows

girls game went through 2 halves of OT and score ended at 0-0. mens game was close most of the game tied at 1-1 but my team lost in the last 5-7 minutes

overall, i feel pretty good about the shots i got. here are just a few that i like that have some nice action in them i think

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Edited by Conspiracy - 10/15/11 at 9:15pm
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Well, I'm glad you felt better about shooting tonight. I would, however, like to see some shots with a wider frame -- not a ton, but they can be supportive of a great goal attempt or the like. Keep experimenting, you've got plenty of time.
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If you haven't already you should check out this blog:

http://biglensfastshutter.com/

It's basically a couple professional sports photographers (one actually specializes in pro soccer in Europe) and they writes articles and make a podcast specifically geared to help out amateurs learn how to shoot sports. They have a Flickr group by the same name where you can post photos and they will critique them. There is just a lot of helpful information in there specifically for sports photography.
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Well, I'm glad you felt better about shooting tonight. I would, however, like to see some shots with a wider frame -- not a ton, but they can be supportive of a great goal attempt or the like. Keep experimenting, you've got plenty of time.
do you mean like scene setters that tell the story or just wider shots that show more of what is going on near the action? i know those kind of sound like the same thing

i think i can do that without changing my lenses but all i really have is the 30 & 50 and the 70-200, which is all i need i think

i have made the financial decision to not upgrade or buy a new 50 until i need it. although i still have my eyes set on buying a sigma 10-20 (which i may buy as present this holiday to celebrate making it through possibly the hardest semester of college i have ever been through, if i survive)
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1-4 need to be warmed up...
They are pretty cool have a blue hint in there, can be fixed next time by going into your menu and looking for WBshift..use it on the xti and 5d alot so i dnt have to deal with later on(those cameras are photoshop right inside pretty much)


Thats just what i do, but nice pics...as others stated wider shots... get teh rest of the playing field..
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so after looking on a different monitor i finally see the blue hint in the daytime photos. i admit i do not have a nice monitor. just a cheap Hannspree 23" i bought at office depot.

im guessing the blue hint might be due to slight processing of the photos, i didnt really touch the colors because i know my monitor isnt not a true representation. is it possible that the blue hint was in the photos and i didnt remove it or could it be from playing with the contrast a little in lightroom3. #4 looks especially cold compared to the others. im starting to think that maybe my WB was off as maybe it was a few degrees off kelvin, but im not 100% sure, ill have to check later to see if its in the exif/meta data in the shots

this was my first successful time getting to use the sun as a backlight, my other attempt failed as clouds rolled in and foiled my plans.

just wondering how to fix these as i am learning about processing although i try my best to get is perfect in camera so i dont have to process too much because its not my strength.


if it is my WB what is the smartest way to try to fix this considering i dont have a monitor intended for editing. i know how to adjust the settings but not perfectly familiar with how to look at the histogram and see if its right or not :| the only histogram i am comfortable with the the exposure one that shows highlights, midtones, and blacks
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If there is a blue tone to your photos, it's almost certainly from the white balance. Without a calibrated monitor, it's going to be pretty hard to get exactly the white balance you want after you have shot the photos.

For future shoots, however, you could buy a simple gray card (white balance card) and take a picture of it in the lighting conditions that you plan on shooting in. Then when you go to post-process just set your white balance to that card for all your shots (assuming the lighting conditions didn't change throughout the shots). That's probably your best bet short of calibrating your monitor (although I highly recommend you do that, but that's not free either).
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yea as far as lighting goes most of the time it changes a lot during the course of a game.

i think ill have to live with it and just do the best i can to adjust WB as it changes and fine tune in post sometimes
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