It’s often said that not the equipment but the photographer who makes the picture. So the most important thing for a photographer is keep learning to improve his skill and reflex. Until now, I’m concentrating only in portraits, scenery, flowers and other static object, but because I live in a society which love sport— Indonesian people in Titech love soccer, it is a must to learn how to make best shots of their actions.
Sport photography is not as easy as making pictures of flowers because the best moment sometimes occur in less than some millisecond. Basically it’s all about the photographer location and timing. We have to get as close to what we are shooting as we can. Even we generally will not be permitted on the playing field, we must get close as possible, then knowing where to position ourselves for the best action. After that, the important point is to get the timing. Each sport has predictable moments as well as the unpredictable ones. Photography is no different. We have to understand when will the predictable moments such as penalty kick, or corner kick in soccer, and we must anticipate the dramatic moments like the goal moments, heading moments etc. For this purpose, we have to prepare our camera with rapid shooting function.
As usual, my EOS 5D accompanied me. For this time, I used my own lens: Tamron 28-75mm F/2.8. Actually that combination is not so good equipments for shooting sport actions. Afterwards, I thought that I should had used EOS 40D because it’s censor speed, and (borrowing) telephoto zoom lens: Canon EF 70-200mm. Perhaps, next time I’ll use (and borrow from my friends) that equipments.
Sorry for keeping you waiting with boring explanation. So, here are some of my photos taken on Saturday October 6th 2009 in Titech Campus, Japan. The weather was so good, and I should thank God it helped me so much. I also should thank to Mr. Asril, Mr. Sholihul Hadi, Mr Asri, and Mr. Angga because of their wonderful performance.
1. Asril for the ball
2. Mr. Sholihul
3. Asril Shooting
4. Asril protecting
5. The Performance of Mr. Angga
6. The Performance of Mr. Asri
7. And this last is just a bonus: PPI Tokodai FC group photograph
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