Don't Just Stand There... Move! Find A Sweet Spot

July 03, 2009  •  Leave a Comment

3681610424_f77f3a5ae6 For me, there's more to sports photography than grabbing a camera, putting on a long lens and then firing a million and one shots! But, I guess one can get at one or two good ones that way. But that does not work for me.

Like any other type of photography, one should to take the time to find a location that increases the odds of getting those memorable shots; those images that are different from the "run of the mill" ones.

I captured these images during a road race in Greensboro, North Carolina and their impact is partly due to some work in Photoshop but mostly because of a few steps I took before shooting:

1. Setup a short distance from the side of the road.

2. Knelt down so that I was no more than two feet above the ground.

3. Positioned half-way down the straight-away from the nearest corner or just around a bend and close to the finish line

4. Waited for the "right" time to shoot (i.e. until all riders came out of the shade, etc. )

3689985528_03c2290950 That's it. While photography is clearly subject to personal taste, we might agree that the images that have the greatest impact on us are usually those that show things in a different light... from a different angle or perspective. Let's take the time to scout out those uncommon spots that show the common activities in an uncommon way!

So, don't just stand there: go find a good spot, change your level and start shooting!

Share with us. What are your favorite spots to shoot from?


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