I find one of the most rewarding forms of photography is capturing the moment; anything from children playing, animals fighting, birds in action or a sports event.
After a long time with a camera and lens I have adapted my skills for the occasion.
I mentioned in an earlier post about the cameras I have owned, and my first was a Kodak Instamatic 1976.
This was the only camera I could afford on my wage of £4.50, and after my keep to my horrible step-mum I ended up with £2.50 for the week – that was for my bus fare for the week and my social life. A pint of bitter was 12 pence.
It was with the Kodak that I captured my first action shot – a dolphin jumping out of the water as I went from Belize City to one of the islands at weekend.
Over a 40 year period I have owned numerous cameras with mid range lenses. It wasn’t until 2015 that I had my professional camera and lens with a system good enough for capturing action and sports images.
Learning the art of panning (a method use to follow a subject as it moves) came to me very easy – serving in the military and using rifles gave me an advantage when it came to following a fast moving subject.
Canon was my go to setup, but below are some nice images I have captured using the 50D and 100-400 mk1.
For some reason I moved to an Olympus Micro Four Thirds Camera. The results produced were of the quality that I was used to. and I captured many nice action shots.
After about 12 months and I started researching the Sony Full Frame.
Finally I have a system I am confident will capture anything that moves and I can focus in on.
Achieving the perfect image depends on many factors:
- Line of sight
- Sun Location
- Speed of the subject
- Anticipation of subject moving
- Panning skills.
- Camera settings.
Even if you are lucky enough to have all the above factors, it doesn’t mean you will get the image to die for.