sports photography – just one or two more seconds for the money picture shot!
the alternate title – damn it’s hard to take sports shots! sub-title – specially if you do not have the camera and lens for it.
those are things we knew before but got confirmed when we actually tried it.
the football match was between the juniors teams of Ateneo and FEU at the Ateneo football field for the UAAP. given that we did not have the right camera and lens for sports shots, the expectations for great pictures were intentionally set very low.
sports photography is probably one of the few types where you do need really specialized cameras and lenses. you need a fast camera, a fast and very long lens (telephoto or zoom) and one that can take many multiple shots one after the other with each shot perfectly focused. these types of cameras and lenses will cost easily more than $100,000 versus the camera and lens we used which was a fraction of that cost.
but we took the pictures anyway.
we wanted to capture a a specific shot – one that an Ateneo striker kicking a ball past the FEU goal keeper. i was hoping that the picture will show the ball just passing through the goal keeper. the shots we got were multiple shots and resulted to some nice pictures of the ball getting kicked, sailing to the goal keeper and then passed the goal keeper down deep into the net for a goal.
but no shot where the ball just passing the goal keeper. we missed that shot by a mere one or two seconds!
nice try, better luck next time.
photo #3 : well in this space is supposed to be the shot we wanted to record – the ball sailing just past the goal keeper. but the camera motor failed me as it was unable to take the shot. we swear our finger was continuously pressing the shutter button!
the other thing we experienced was the need to stalk the play of the game. we intended to take a goal shot and we needed to read the game and get ready to take the shot when the goal was supposed to be made. looking at the viewfinder the whole time to follow the flow of the game didn’t work. we needed to remove the camera from our eye to watch the game. and as soon as a developing goal was about to be made, that’s when you put the camera up to your eye.
these were lucky photo shots as we were able to read the play correctly and a goal was made. but, those one to two seconds delay didn’t allow us to achieve our goal.
oh well, that is what happens to amateur sports photographers with amateur cameras and lenses. (insert laughter here)