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Are my pics any good
Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 7:38 PM on 08.27.07
->> I have taken sports photos for about 4 weeks now, I don't know how good they are.

Tell me the bad news....

http://www.irishphoto.org/photo/sport/index.html


Thanks
Micheal
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 7:45 PM on 08.27.07
->> yikes! four weeks? I quit! 8)
very nice. and ask anyone I don't usually respond to these threads. I love the strong horizontal crop on that one hurling image. sweet.
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Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 7:48 PM on 08.27.07
->> chuck>
thanks for your answer...
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Brian Mount, Student/Intern
Simi Valley | CA | USA | Posted: 8:14 PM on 08.27.07
->> Good photos, especially with only 4 weeks of shooting. The only thing I would suggest is a little tighter cropping on some, but thats at your discretion.
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Andrew Smith, Photographer
Ross-shire | UK | Scotland | Posted: 8:17 PM on 08.27.07
->> Very good!
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Rodrigo Pena, Photographer
Palm Desert | CA | USA | Posted: 8:25 PM on 08.27.07
->> Nice photos. Good job.

I wasn't impressed with your hockey stuff, but the rest were very good.
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Al Santos, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 8:53 PM on 08.27.07
->> Good job overall.

Some of the photos were a little tilted for my taste, not sure if that was intentional on your part. Also, tighter cropping as Brian mentioned will help in eliminating the photos that have dead space or empty stands.

Keep it up!
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David Zapatka, Photographer
North Kingstown | RI | USA | Posted: 9:25 PM on 08.27.07
->> I think for "4 weeks" the images are great. I just want to know--what the hell game are those guys playing with the stick?
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Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 4:15 AM on 08.28.07
->> Thats not bad at all... I was thinking the image would not go down too well here.

Dave-- That game is called Hurling (Irish sport):
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Hurling is a game similar to hockey, in that it is played with a small ball and a curved wooden stick. It is Europe's oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. Video:-

http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=9_KlXEVvZ3w

Thanks for your time

mike
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Oscar Sosa, Photographer
Jacksonville | FL | USA | Posted: 8:36 AM on 08.28.07
->> My god! What are you doing? Some of the toes are cut off, you've got some hands over a few faces, there's no advertising in the backgrounds (how are those ad reps gonna make a living???), nobody's smiling at the camera, you have some frames with no hockey puck in it. Hang it up!

Great images. Nice expressions, clean backgrounds, good action, lighting is good and you've edited a nice variety. Great work.
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Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 8:53 AM on 08.28.07
->> ok, i'll give up.....

ice hockey is a great game to look at, we dont play it here:(
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David Harpe, Photographer
Louisville | KY | USA | Posted: 10:13 AM on 08.28.07
->> The tack sharp, in-focus ball in many of your shots is really distracting. Just completely ruins the moment.

:-)
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Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 12:22 PM on 08.28.07
->> Those aren't real sports....:)
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Jeffrey Furticella, Photographer, Assistant
Munster | IN | US | Posted: 1:50 PM on 08.28.07
->> Don't ask if your photos are any good, ask how you can improve. Back-patting will only take you so far.

You're finding some nice light in your images and you're shooting cleanly for the most part. Like Al Santos mentioned, watch your horizons. I was guilty of randomly tilting my camera when I first started shooting sports and luckily it was something that worked itself out. Try to keep yourself straight and follow the action as evenly as possible.

It's a good start, now work toward finding different angles. Find a higher shooting position, try different lens choices, shoot really wide even if its not successful, keep watching for the light, just experiment.

- furt
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Steve King, Photographer
Ann Arbor | MI | USA | Posted: 12:48 AM on 08.30.07
->> Michael,
OK, so none of us in the States knows anything about hurling, that is the sport not what you do after a long night of drinking! :-) We can tell you what looks good, great, wonderful, and if you can't tell if these are any good then fine, just quit because they're rubbish. NOT!
If you're ever in Michigan then look me up and I'll buy you a pint, if you don't mind an "orange" buying you a round or two. You have very nice shots here, #2 is great, #3 is too tilted for normal editing but nice for "something completely different", #4-5-6 are very good, #7 is excellent, so are #8 & 9 (but 9 looks like it's going to hurt!), and #11 & 12 are well done too.

Personally I would change your gallery to reflect a few of these shots you have here. That's me, your gallery should reflect YOUR tastes and preferences and what you want to show off.

Cheers! Steve
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Gavin Ellis, Photographer
Braintree | Essex | United Kingdom | Posted: 5:16 AM on 08.30.07
->> Hi Michael...

Given that you've only had four weeks of sports shooting experience, you've done a fine job.

I've been shooting sports for a few years now, but feel free to take my wafflings with a pinch of salt!...

#1 Nice lighting. The more I look at the image, the more I want to see a ball in it somewhere. Good interaction between the players though.

#2 Really peachy. A great stock image to be proud of. Great light and intensity of expression. The only possible improvement would be if you could see all of the hurler's stick.

#3 Not a big fan of the wonky angle. Not sure it works well with this image. Also it looks slightly soft and the background is distracting.

#4 Good everyday football image. The kind of shot you'd submit as part of a set from an assignment.

#5 Not quite peak action which leaves the image wanting. I really want the guy on the right to be hanging onto the shirt of the player with the ball.

#6 Again, another solid football image. I'd like to see it shot from a lower angle. Looks like you were shooting from a standing position (as in #4)? If you can get lower, you might find the impact of your images increases.

#7 Nice tight, peak action.

#8 An 'unconventional' crop that works pretty well. If the background was cleaner could be a stonker.

#9 The stick in the foreground is distracting. A tighter crop might improve if you have pixels to play with.

#10 Good intense action. Personally I'd like to have seen this shot with a faster shutter speed to eliminate the motion blur in the image (left hand player's stick)... also the crop feels slightly 'uncomfortable' - I think it's the right hand player's arm that's the issue for me.

#11 Nothing too much to say about this one. It's neither here nor there really. Unless it's the only image you've got of a key player from the game, it's something to file away for possible stock use.

#12 For me, this is a wide crop that doesn't work. The player on the right is distracting. If you'd been in really tight on the diving player, it could have been a super image but it doesn't quite do the business.

It's a really solid start and please take my critique in a positive way. You're getting good exposures and, on the whole, you're nailing the focus - these two factors provide a sound basis for getting top notch images.

Ultimately you need to keep the publications you are shooting for happy. If you're shooting for newspapers, it's rarely the portfolio shots that do that! They'll expect key moments from games (goals, celebrations, etc...) to illustrate their story.

Good luck, keep shooting and look forward to seeing more results!

---- Gavin
www.tgsphoto.co.uk
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Michael Cullen, Photographer
Wexford Town | 0000 | Ireland | Posted: 6:41 AM on 08.30.07
->> Gavin,
I have not get in touch with any newspapers or photo agencies at this stage, I need more time in sport, and I feel I'm on the right road. I just need to take more photos at events here in Ireland, and at other events all over Europe.

I have the passion to get the best images possible and I had a sport background, and now its nice to take images in what you love the best....

Thanks for your on my Hurling images, and Gaelic football pics. Yes Jeffrey I need to keep my eye on my horizons on some pics. When you dont have a full stand, it can make the pics look very poor.

THANKS for your time, and help

Michal
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