ZAP the ZAPPERS 4: Timing Ain't Everything

Will the readers be making a racket over this frame?

How will you ZAP PhotoZAPPER Jack Howard about this mid-serve shot from the US Open? Let us know what you think!



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Tech Specs: Olympus E-620 with Olympus Zuiko 150mm f/2.0 lens. Manually exposed at 1/1600 @ f/4.0 @ ISO 100. Cropping and contrast pop applied to Olympus ORF Raw file in Adobe Camera Raw 6.


Photographer's Statement: Nailing the ball on the racket during a serve is a good thing, but there's so much about this frame that doesn't hold up. Yes, the timing is perfect, but the angle is exceedingly awkward (and don't even think about what's going on with that shadow-racket!) The shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the moment, but that f/4 aperture from a distance gives too much depth of field and there's not enough subject/background separation from the pit photographer who is lined up exactly opposite our shooting position.


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