The Story Behind the Picture #1 - Keep Your Eye on the Game!
(Photo - Oxford v Cambridge Ultimate Frisbee Varsity Match
Sunday 28th Feb 2016
Nikon D750 / 24 to 70 mm f2.8 @ 70 mm
1/500th Sec / f4 / ISO 100)
The Story Behind the Picture #1
Sometimes you just need to shoot from the Hip!
(Or, always, always, always keep your eye on the game!)
I wasn't even looking through the viewfinder when I took this shot. It was getting to the end of a day of sports shooting - it was the Ultimate Frisbee Varsity Match between Oxford & Cambridge Universities. Even though it was February in Middle England it had been dry & sunny - but my bones were starting to get cold as the temperature dropped.
I was starting to think more about getting into my car and putting the heater on than the Match. Play had stopped for a moment or 2 and the disc was right at the other end of the pitch. So I took a few seconds to review the last few shots, in particular to check the histogram for any clipping at either the under-exposed or the over-exposed end.
As my gaze was fixed on the rear screen I heard the steady 'thump thump' of players heading towards me - at some speed! I knew the lens was set at the 70 mm end and, without even looking up, I swung the camera so it was horizontal and fired off a few shots on the 6 frames per second setting. By the time I had moved my gaze from the back of the camera to the pitch I saw these 2 players - very close - and I hurriedly moved back!
I didn't expect any of the shots to be any use, but one, this one, worked. The 6 frames per second setting gave me several bites at getting a good shot. And thankfully the autofocus locked onto the players.
So, I got lucky!
But it would have been much better to have been watching the Match all the time!
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