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ZAP the ZAPPERS 3: Eye on the Ball
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ZAP the ZAPPERS 3: Eye on the Ball

We line up another shot by PhotoZAP expert Jack Howard for you to swing away at!


Here's the third of the four shots Jack made at the US Open to launch our ZAP the ZAPPERS feature. What do you think of this one?

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Tech Specs: Olympus E-620 with Olympus Zuiko 150mm f/2.0 lens. Manually exposed at 1/1600 @ f/2.8 @ ISO 100. Cropped and contrast minimized to open up shadow detail to Olympus ORF Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw 6.

Photographer's Statement: This is probably one of the better frames I shot this day. Will it make it into the next iteration of my sports portfolio? I'm not sure if I'm that happy with it now–let alone next time it's time for that exercise in self-criticism to the nth degree! I wish there was a little less distance between the ball and racket, and maybe there'd be a touch less racket and ball blur had I cranked up the ISO a little to get closer to the E-620's 1/4000 max shutter speed. But the light was really harsh at the time of capture, so I chose a slower shutter speed knowing I'd have to open up the shadow and quartertones on the subjects skin, particularly on his face below the bill of the cap, and I didn't want to increase noise, so that's a tradeoff I was willing to take. It's a nitpick, but I do wish his whole head was in frame to increase the subject/background isolation. I do love the eyes, and knowing Djokovic and his on-court intensity, am glad I have a successful frame showing this aspect of his in-action persona.


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