Go Indians!

© Elaine Hessler

Go Indians!

Uploaded: September 27, 2013


Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: -0.67, ExposureTime: 1/400 seconds, Flash: did not fire., ISO: 800, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 300.00 mm, Model: NIKON D5100


Stephen Shoff September 27, 2013

Great picture, Elaine. In images like this, it can be very instructive to include lens and EXIF data. #1546092

Elaine Hessler September 27, 2013

Sorry about that-I was feeling pretty ill this am and just wanted to get this up before they started losing...

ISO 800, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec. This was initially very underexposed-I had a very tough time with the white uniforms. I figured I would crank up the ISO, use the widest aperture to freeze the action, and tried to keep the shutter speed 1.5x the focal length. My thought process was to expose for the white uniforms, then lighten everything else up. I had a lot of trouble with the WB-the red dirt gave me a lot of trouble.

This was my Tamron 100-300mm lens-about $350, so I can't complain about the quality-better than I expected. I was thinking about renting a better lens, but didn't know if they would let me in with it, especially since they won't let you in with a tripod (monads are ok).

We were VERY fortunate to be sitting in a loge close to behind home plate. #10854435

Elaine Hessler September 27, 2013

Two more. #10854436

Jeff E Jensen September 27, 2013

Nice work on all of these, Elaine! #10854578

Michael Kelly level-deluxe September 27, 2013

Nice work on all, but I am especially fond of the field shot. Great sky. #10854639

Stephen Shoff September 27, 2013

I wasn't thinking at all about lens quality or even possible color cast, Elaine. I think the shot turned out really well. We don't take and show a lot of sports shots in this club, so knowing how to get them when we want them is useful.

I like the wide angle with the sky and sunset, too, although that may really have color cast and maybe a little over-saturation.

Were these post-processed RAW images or JPG image? I think you imply RAW in your response above. #10854651

Elaine Hessler September 28, 2013

Thx everyone. I shot these in RAW, so I knew I had more wiggle room with the underexposed images. My main goal was to aim for a faster shutter speed for sharpness. I figured that would not be as fixable as noise and exposure. Was I thinking correctly? I think in my previous post, I misstated a wide aperture would lead to sharpness-not so. Wide aperture, more light, faster shutter. Fever is gone today-feeling much better:)

Feel free to be critical of these photos. This is how I learn!

Stephen-I'll go back and look at the saturation for the field photo-the sky was really amazing that night!


Rita K. Connell level-classic September 28, 2013

these are great pictures Elaine, each one of them is very nicely captured. I agree with Stephen your full field one need a little color cast adjustment or white balance. do you have the nik filter if so I would give a shot through the white neutralizer or remove the color cast one. see what happens. that sky is beautiful. this one is my favorite out of the three. #10854911

Susan Williams level-classic September 28, 2013

Nice work on all of these Elaine. I really like the shadows on the first post. The Field is a great shot for place and time. I think the field (only) could be sharpened and brightened, considering the bright lights of the field, but leaving the fans and the sky as is.


Peter W. Marks September 29, 2013

Very nice Elaine. I'm no sports fan but your 'Go Indians' is a super action shot. I can feel the tension. #10855581

Elaine Hessler September 29, 2013

Well-I almost bagged it, because I can't see the color cast anymore...

So I have to thank you Rita, for recommending using the nik filter-I have never opened up the Color Effex (don't read this Beth!), and it looks like I have more toys to play with now:)

I used the white uniforms with this neutralizing tool-there is definitely a difference, let me know if this is what you had in mind.

And I did lighten up and sharpen the field too.

Thanks for stopping back to take a peek and comment:) #10855690

Elaine Hessler September 29, 2013

Whoops-one more question-there is a Nik filter for "remove color cast" and one for "white neutralizer". What's the difference between these? It sounds as if they would do the same thing... #10855692

Susan Williams level-classic September 29, 2013

Color Efex Pro 4 has both a "remove color cast" and a "white neutralizer" filter. They are towards the bottom of the list.

I like your edits of the Field a lot, Elaine. I would just add a bit of contrast to the field to bring out the green and orange and enhance the little shadows.

I'm loving this image! #10855706

Beth Spencer September 30, 2013

Elaine! I have used the Color Effex Pro for a while and I didn't even ever notice these 2 filters. So I can't say anything to you about the filters. :)
Hope you are feeling better! I really like the edit of Feilds, beautiful color.
You did a great job of getting the action shot. It is even straight which I can't manage most days with a tripod. #10855982

Elaine Hessler September 30, 2013

Funny Beth! I didn't even notice that-it IS straight!

Susan-I just increased the contrast for the field only-I think it looks better, but not sure if it brought out the shadows enough. What do you think?

I did listen to the tutorials for "remove color cast" and "white neutralizer". I think I understand. You'd use white neutralizer to make some thing that is supposed to be white, white, which is what I used on the field-I used the correction on the whole picture. With remove color cast, you need to know what color you want to remove. I'll have to keep these in mind.

Thanks again for stopping back. This has been a GREAT exercise for me and I have learned a lot. Let me know if anything else needs to be done. Thanks!!! #10857409

Susan Williams level-classic September 30, 2013

Looking good, Elaine. I think you could do a slight adjustment on the field only with the Levels sliders. I think the grass and the dirt could be slightly more vibrant. Nothing drastic.

The shadows are so tiny, I think they will just come along with any other adjustment you do. With the field lights, there probably aren't many shadows to worry about.

Great job! #10857446

Debbie E. Payne October 01, 2013

Sorry to be late on these, Elaine. I like all of them but am most impressed on the Field image. I think you did a great job and I need to learn more about all the filters that Efex has. I use Color Efex quite a bit but have favorite filters for what I do and don't explore as much as I should. #10858499

Elaine Hessler October 01, 2013

How's this? #10859062

Elaine Hessler October 01, 2013

One more just for fun with a Nik filter. Tom likes this one and want a print for his office:) #10859452

Susan Williams level-classic October 01, 2013

Beautiful work on the edits, Elaine.
Love the Flag at the far end, too. #10859460

Elaine Hessler October 01, 2013

Thanks so much for all the help Susan! I appreciate all the times you came back to look and help me fine tune it! #10859463

Beth Spencer October 02, 2013

I love the last edit! A true complement if your husband wants a copy of it!! #10859667

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