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Featured DIF photography

Discussion in 'Sports and Action' started by apete, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. apete

    apete Mu-43 Rookie

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    Mar 14, 2018
    Krakow, Poland
    Everybody's shooting BIF but I'm trying DIF ;) 
    Taken with G9.

    P1133393.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    100mm    f/4.5    1/2500s    ISO 800


    P1133739.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    100mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    ISO 800


    P1123183.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    100mm    f/4.5    1/2000s    ISO 800


    P1144395.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    177mm    f/4.7    1/1300s    ISO 800


    P1144432.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    120mm    f/4.4    1/1300s    ISO 800


    P1144597.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    150mm    f/4.5    1/800s    ISO 800
     
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  2. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    DIF. I like it. :) 

    Great action shots by the way.
     
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  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    These are terrific!
     
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  4. twigboy

    twigboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    526
    Sep 10, 2016
    Virginia
    Yes, this captures DIF, but also the focus these people have on their dogs.
     
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  5. junkyardsparkle

    junkyardsparkle haunted scrap heap Subscribing Member

    Nov 17, 2016
    Like, The Valley
    They're all great, but that fourth one is a masterpiece.
     
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  6. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Great pics. Which lens was used?
     
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  7. apete

    apete Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Mar 14, 2018
    Krakow, Poland
    Thank you all.
    The lens I was using to shoot the event was 100-300 mk2.
     
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  8. apete

    apete Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Mar 14, 2018
    Krakow, Poland
    Couple more DIFs :) 

    P1101093.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    120mm    f/4.2    1/1300s    ISO 800


    P1111729.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    162mm    f/5.1    1/1000s    ISO 800


    P1111829.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    286mm    f/5.6    1/1300s    ISO 800


    P1122994.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    100mm    f/4.5    1/1000s    ISO 800


    P1144419.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    100mm    f/4.4    1/2000s    ISO 800


    P1155353.
    DC-G9    LUMIX G VARIO 100-300/F4.0-5.6II    127mm    f/4.8    1/640s    ISO 800
     
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  9. Great shots, I like how all of the dogs are herding dogs. Very agile dogs.
     
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  10. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott Mu-43 Veteran

    363
    Dec 13, 2015
    Troy, NY
    Jock Elliott
    Spec-flippin'-tacular! I just love these shots . . . the dog stretching for the disk . . . the open mouth . . . if you were a lawyer making a case for "the decisive moment," you could turn to the jury and say: "The defense calls no further witnesses."

    I don't know about the rest of the denizens here at MU-43, but I would be well pleased to have gotten even one of those shots, let along a whole series of them.

    Now, how did you do it? What were your basic settings? I presume you were using some sort of continuous exposure mode . . .

    Did you zone focus?

    Did you use the autofocus? If so, did you use a single AF spot (what size?) or several of them? And what, exactly, were you focusing on . . . the dog, the disk, the person????

    C'mon, inquiring minds want to know!:biggrin:

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  11. Alpha Whiskey Photography

    Alpha Whiskey Photography Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Sep 5, 2013
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  12. apete

    apete Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Mar 14, 2018
    Krakow, Poland
    OMG I never thought my photo thread would be on the first page of this forum, I neverer thought I would get so many positive responses. Thank you all and I appreciate that! :clapping:

    To naswer the questions, pretty most of the camera settings were defaults.

    At the event beginning I was trying preshutter mode which I was very excited about when buying the camera and moving to M43 system earlier this year. Unfortunately very quickly have I realized that if I keep shooting this way I will full 128GB card in an hour or so! So I gave up on that and switched to 9 fps electronic shutter. That was two days long event and I was not going to be done that quickly...

    For the photos where I wanted to have a dog jumping over an obstacle I was prefocusing using AFS and Custom Multi AF. After careful framing joystick enabled me to move the focus area to the obstacle so that with the shutter pressed half way I could just wait for the upcoming (uprunning???) dog. Very fast shutter speeds were needed and that also explains increased ISO. By the way feel free to see EXIFs, all the details are still there.

    For the photographs of the persons and flying dogs I was using AFC still with the same Custom Multi AF. Most time AF area was more or less in the frame center so that I could easily center and focus on the person and wait for the dog to appear in the frame. AF area size was the default with some occasional and minor modifications to a larger or smaller group. But I did not notice that tiny size changes matter much for that event. I was also doing some experiments with full 225 points AF area and face detection but both were significantly worse for that event: for 225 points the camera used to focus to easily on wrong subject while face/person detection was a bit to slow to grab initial foucs.

    For the AF Custom settings I was initially using the basic Set 1 to move to Set 3 (random directions) later. But to be frank something must be wrong with me because I do not feel there was a big difference between sets 1 and 3. Or maybe it was just the event type that when you zoom in it is so unpredictable that most of the settings do not matter much?

    The biggest problem for me was to follow the dog while keeping it in the frame. The beasts are so fast and so unpredictable that getting satisfactory composed image without cropping was almost impossible. I need more practice.

    The biggest mistake I made was shooting when neither dog nor person were looking towards me and camera. This vastly reduced number of photos that I consider keepers. Looks like I was too excited to think reasonably :rofl:

    The only camera drawback was that G9 was focusing on the background ocasionally which spoiled some of the snapshots. This matches what BIF shooters say. However in general I am very pleased with the AF speed of the G9 paired with 100-300ii, which from what I see on the web is not really considered as the fastest focusing lens. For me AF speed is very very very ok.
     
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  13. melanieylang

    melanieylang Mu-43 Veteran

    274
    Jun 23, 2017
    Fantastic photos, it must have been a lot of fun to watch and shoot. The colours are really great and look to my eye like Olympus, which colour photo style did you use?
     
  14. apete

    apete Mu-43 Rookie

    16
    Mar 14, 2018
    Krakow, Poland
    Hello melanieylang. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, this was a fun event for me. This year I took small folding camping chair so that I could easiliy watch the beasts for a couple hours with no pain in the back as the last year haha

    The photos were taken with Panasonic G9. I shoot RAW only. With exception of a few photos where I had to play with white balance to even the colours between consecutive photos, there were no other color related changes. If I remember correctly these are mostly default camera settings. One thing to note is that I was using Capture One v11 to process the pictures, and my processing usually includes setting white and black points. And mostly sunny weather in the green park was also supportive for getting the nice colors.
     
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  15. Cederic

    Cederic Mu-43 Veteran

    459
    Nov 14, 2012
    Nottingham
    That feels to me a weird thing to want to go to and photograph. Or did, until I saw your photographs.

    Now I want to try too!

    Lovely action shots, really show what the camera+lens can deliver for a good photographer.
     
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