Here's another chance to serve up a photo critique to regular PhotoZAPPER Jack Howard
Adorama Learning Center Editors
September 3, 2010
Focus your energy on explaining what you think of this shot of a return in mid-flight in this round of ZAP the ZAPPER! Again it's a shot from Jack of Novak Djokovic from Day 3 of the US Open.
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Tech Specs: Olympus E-620 with Olympus Zuiko 150mm f/2.0 lens and 2x telextender. Manually exposed at 1/1250 @ f/4 @ ISO 160. Slight horizon correction and crop, plus color pop tweaks applied to Olympus ORF Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw 6.
Photographer's Statement: I was shooting in single-shot mode on the E-620 from the photo well with the intent of capturing a ball-on-racquet return from Djokovic with the net framing the foreground. I tried getting something cool on a couple of different serves as I was warming up my timing and kept missing the moment. My intent at the time was honestly to have Djokovic in focus, but when I saw where I'd accidently focus-locked and what was in focus in this frame, I was quite happy! I'd seen shots like this from baseball games with the ball halfway between the pitcher and batter, but haven't seen a tennis variation before this. Can an image with only about 1/200th of the frame in focus have impact? I think so, when it's the right 200th! The focal distance and foreground/background level of detail versus blur is right on, the complementary color scheme of the blue wall and yellow tennis ball is dead-on, the real-ball-in-logo ball is a very nice element, and where the logo lines up behind the player couldn't be more perfect. You couldn't ask for a luckier accidentally successful frame most days of the year!
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