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Youth Sports

Discussion in 'Sports and Action' started by John M Flores, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    For the soccer* moms and soccer* dads to share photos and tips on shooting youth sports with Micro Four-Thirds.

    *futbol
     
  2. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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    He swings...
    by John Flores, on Flickr

    Shot with the GX85 with the Panny 14-140. Using tilt screen for low camera angle.
    Shooting through a chain link fence, thus the darkness in the upper left.
     
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  3. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

    764
    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
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    One of my earliest attempts with the E-M1 and 50-200mm (via MMF-3 adapter) shooting youth hockey.
     
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  4. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Top Veteran

    843
    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    I have been trying to shoot my 11yo's lacrosse games this past season with my E-M10 and 75-300II. It has been somewhat challenging as I have not been focused enough on my technique, but I think I have got some good keepers. Here is one from the end of season tournament.

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  5. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
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  6. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    While others are taking photos with their phone and posting immediately or taking photos with a more serious camera to post later, I have the best of both worlds. The tilt screen of the GX85 really helps get the low angle here and the camera's WiFI makes transferring a handful of (JPG only) photos to my phone easy. Once there, a couple of quick tweaks in Snapseed and it's off to Facebook.

    Not only that, but this is the GX85 in 4K photo mode, where I can choose the best shot out of a 3 second 4k video sequence. All in all, this a good camera for youth sports.

    You can see some fringing in his hair; it's hard to notice and spot this stuff while editing on a phone, even the 5.5" screen of my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. I could have spent more time on it, but sometimes you want to share quickly. Before we left the tournament, the photo was liked a lot on Facebook by family and friends and I was able to show my great nephew a photo of him in action. He was so proud of himself and didn't notice the fringing.

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    My great nephew catching some serious air at his first taekwondo tournament.
    by John Flores, on Flickr

    Shot with the 35-100 Vario, ISO1600
     
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  7. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    I used the 35-100 Vario on purpose instead of faster/longer glass just to see what this relatively compact kit is capable of. Sure, I had to push the ISO and challenged the IS (this is 100mm @ 1/50, ISO800), but the combo worked quite well. Light levels were actually decent for indoors thanks to big windows and a sunny day.

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    My great nephew at his first taekwondo tournament.
    by John Flores, on Flickr

    Edited with Snapseed on my phone (Galaxy S7 Edge). Still getting used to the color rendition on the phone.
     
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  8. Levster

    Levster Mu-43 Top Veteran

    My eldest hasn't shown an interest in team sports, he'd much rather run around the park or play on his scooter or bike. This is him at our local skatepark:

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    This was taken at f/1.8 on my 17mm.
     
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  9. rich.smith

    rich.smith Mu-43 Rookie

    24
    Dec 21, 2011
    Depends a bit on the camera. AFAIK, the technique with one of the cameras that supports fast enough focus tracking will be different than with cameras that do not. I have an E-M10 and use it exclusively on AF-S single point focus. Basically anticipate the action as best you can and fire away. There are opportunities to shoot from the side to minimize the motion directly at the camera. There are also points where the player with the ball is not running. Those opportunities will increase your hit rate. Don't be afraid to try different things.

    I generally use manual ISO set to a setting that allows me to keep a fast shutter speed with the aperture wide open.

    I have been shooting with a Panasonic 45-150 F4-5.6, but I ordered the Olympus 40-150 F2.8 yesterday.
     
  10. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
  11. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Great capture. What lens are you using now?
     
  12. SVQuant

    SVQuant Mu-43 Top Veteran

    843
    Sep 20, 2015
    SF Bay Area, California, USA
    Sameer
    Very nice. I was told by a couple of my daughter's friends that the girls' game is much harder to photograph than the boys' and that if I really wanted to improve my skill, I should come shoot them instead of my son :)
     
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  13. Speedliner

    Speedliner Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 2, 2015
    Southern NJ, USA
    Rob
    Oly 150,f2. Its generally long enough because I wait for the action to come at me so I can get faces. Focus is very fast and reliable as you know. I don't feel like I'm giving anything up technically using it and the images are well, when I do my part, great.

    Missed focus just a hair on this one. Can't wait for the e-m1 mk2. Hopefully its AF will be a little easier for hacks like me.
     
  14. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    I use to swear by a zoom for sports but after getting the 150/2 that view has changed. I have found I am getting better photos because I am having to think about my shots. Now I pick stuff up early and get the camera tracking the subject and shoot when I have the perfect shot. It really has improved not only my keeper rate but also getting better quality shots. Then when the subject/s get to close for full body shots, switch to getting close ups or some abstract photos. I have some great shots from cyclocross of tires and pedals/chainrings that I probably would not have shot otherwise.
     
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  15. svenkarma

    svenkarma Mu-43 Top Veteran

    566
    Feb 5, 2013
    mark evans
    The night before primary school sports day

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    GX7 + 4/3 Oly 40-150 @40, f4, 1/8 iso6400
     
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  16. excman

    excman Mu-43 Veteran

    380
    Dec 16, 2012
    Odsherred, Denmark,
    Jorgen
    P6190241 m43 2.
    Concentration

    E-M1. Pan 45-175.
     
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  17. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Here's one from probably several thousand I've shot over the last four or five years. Grabbed from another post. EM1 with Pana 45-200. My son playing defense took the ball away from the other player.

    I have not yet gone through all those shots to pick out my favorites, although this would be one of them. I later replaced the 45-200 with an Olympus Zuiko 50-200 SWD, which is much better.

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  18. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Some soccer shots from this season.

    Here's a sample. SOOC JPG.

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    Most shot with an EM1 w/50-200 SWD + EC-14, v4.1 firmware, C-AF, 9 center squares, sequential-L, aperture priority at f8, ISO 800.

    More here. https://www.flickr.com/gp/92624968@N02/Y1621q
     
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  19. Richella

    Richella The Wandering Scotsman

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    Aug 21, 2011
    Kuala Lumpur
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    Shot on my EM1 With 40-150mm f2.8 and TC14. ISO200, 1/400s at f4.

    I've really struggled to get a high keeper rate with M43 shooting sports and shortly after this event, early last year, I re-purchased a Nikon system for all my serious sports shooting. I really hope the E-M1 MkII has hugely improved C-AF and ISO performance.
     
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  20. rloewy

    rloewy Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2014
    Ron
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    From the local skatepark