Hockey Action

Again I’ve been looking through some older pictures to see if there is anything I can do with them.   I took some photos as part of my BTEC at a local hockey match.  At one point,  I took multiple shots of the players running out from the goal when it was a corner.  These looked ok on their own at the time, but looking at them again I wanted to try and create more of an action feel.  So I overlaid three of the the pictures, and fiddled around a bit with the opacity etc.  The one problem I had was that ideally the camera should have been on a tripod so that the goal and lines were exactly in the same place.  It nearly works!Hockey

Eastleigh Chilli Festival

Today was the first (and hopefully not last) Eastleigh Chilli Festival.  It wasn’t very big, but was well attended and there was obviously plenty of opportunities to sample chilli sauces of many types.  They even had a chilli eating contest which didn’t get off to a very good start as they didn’t have enough Chillis to go round.  You would expect that would be the most important part of the contest!

Chilli

The Eastleigh 10K

I always try to get down to the Eastleigh 10k run if I can.  Last year, there were lots of people from where I work so I was concentrating on trying to get photos of them.  This year I wanted to try and get some slightly different angles, and use shots I’d thought about getting rather than random shooting.

Some worked, some didn’t.  I also worked out what shots I want next year. I did manage to get some shots of people I know though.

Eastleigh 10k

Hockey, hockey, hockey.

Sports photography.  It’s one of my favourite areas of photography.  Probably because it generally involves people.  As part of my BTEC,  I spent the morning at a local hockey club getting some shots during a game.  I took a lot of photos.  Probably about 600 in the end, but really only got about 30 shots I liked. I tried not to take random shots, and moved around a lot to get different positions.  I also included photos that weren’t of the action.  I like to try and tell a story…. not sure if I’m managing that though.

This is my favourite shot of the shoot, because of the different movements of the players.

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The full set can be found on Flickr.

Task 5

As part of my BTEC course, I have to produce pictures for a number of tasks.  Task 5 was about movement and I needed to get a ‘panning’ shot.  I decided to go to the local Parkrun in Eastleigh to see if I could get a panning shot of the runners.  It turns out it is more difficult than I thought.  In order to get a blurry background, because the runners are relatively ‘slow’ you need to have a slow shutter speed… which in turn makes it harder to get a crisp shot of the runner.  Better to have a fast moving subject and use a faster shutter speed.  I did get one that I could use, but actually my favourite photo was the one below.  The runner is blurred, but in a way that makes the photo a bit surreal.  I’ve added a preset from Lightroom just to add to that effect.