I took these photos with an Olympus E-M1 and a 40-150mm f2.8 lens. I’m looking forward to the Olympus E-M1 II, which I understand will be announced next month (September 2016). Rumour has it that the Mark II version will be optimised for sports photography.
I don’t rate myself as a bird photographer (birder), but the New Zealand tui is a challenge. They’re a dark bird that nestles into dark foliage whilst feeding or singing. Direct sunlight is needed to reveal the colours within its plumage. When they feed on over-ripe persimmons, they are forced to expose themselves to sunlight; the persimmon tree has shed most of its leaves at this time.
These images were shot with an Olympus E-M1 and Olympus 40-150mm f2.8 lens with 1.4x teleconverter.
I photographed the 2016 Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Schools Cross Country Relays at Anderson Park, Havelock North. The complete set of photos can be seen at this link. Sample photos are shown below.
Photos I took at the ECNISS Track and Field Champs can be viewed at this link. They can be downloaded from this site in a file size suitable for use on the web or to send by email, but if you want full-resolution files suitable for printing, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sample photos and one video are shown below.
The images I shot meeting can be viewed at this Picasa link. The four images below are examples of the best. Especially the first one 😀.
There’s a YouTube clip by Scott Kelby on how to best shoot sports photography. Essentially, experienced sports photographers aim to capture action (obviously) and emotion (less obviously). Another aspect less obvious to the amateur is the advantage of getting in close to isolate the subject. That aspect requires the use of a telephoto lens, preferably a ‘fast’ version. For those not familiar with the terminology, a fast lens has the ability to capture more light, thus enable faster shutter speeds to be used. Fast lenses are expensive, which is why most amateurs don’t have them.
The first three images below of Angela Petty (formerly Angela Smit) were shot with an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f2.8. The first image captures both action and emotion. At this stage of the race Angela knew she had it in the bag—it was her seventh consecutive win in the Sylvia Potts Memorial 800m race. It helps to be an official event photographer, so you can claim the best position to get a shot like this. The second two images of Angela show emotion, while the home straight in the background adds context.
How did I become the event’s official photographer. That’s easy. I’ve got the gear, know how to use it, and I do it for the love of the sport (I don’t charge). Most capable sports photographers are employed by newspapers or commercial entities like Getty Images.
The next three images of Briana Stephenson were taken from a sequence of about ten images shot at 9 frames per second. The long jump at this 2016 Potts Classic was easy to photograph because the athletes were running and jumping into good light. The camera likes that. Briana jumped 6.06 metres on the day, an excellent distance for a junior aged 16. The ‘splashdown’ in the long jump often yields an interesting image.