I did wonder if it was focus but I took a bunch (Like 40) and they were all the same, SAF on the eyes and re composed. Unless my focus was really off for that entire sequence
Shit happens, Joe.
I've gotten shots I shouldn't have, and occasionally missed shots where I had no possible reason to. I generally put my duds down to operator error, because I know that the gear works fine. If it didn't, I would have that sort of problem most or all of the time.
Since all my gear works fine most or all of the time, I reckon it's only fair to blame myself when it doesn't.
Maybe (in my own case) I'm just less meticulous with (particularly) 'easy' shots. Who knows?
I almost always use auto ISO and have my limit set to ISO 3200, but that is really higher than what I would typically accept. If I am close and filling the frame with my subject I have been satisfied with ISO's up to around 2000, maybe a little higher. I prefer to stay at 1600 or lower and honestly have not really had any issues staying below that. Honestly, if I have to go higher the images are mostly just for record shots. I say that because you need light to create contrast in your subject and when it is dark enough to force ISO's higher than say 2400 there is no light to really create a compelling image. The one exception to that is when shooting in inclement weather and then it is more about the dramatic image and noise will not really be a factor. I really don't get people wanting this super high ISO ability for wildlife photography, just wait a few minutes for some light to create contrast in the subject and much more compelling image. Even when I shot full frame I rarely went into higher ISO"s, my shooting really didn't change coming to Olympus.
I only use Lightroom for editing and noise reduction and sharpening. I will dip into Photoshop for a few things now and than or when I want to use NIK for my black and white images.
Looks like what the sideline photographers are holding just before they get plowed over by a running back on a sideline play.
Joe, my sympathies.