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Alain Grandemange's picture

College Wrestling

I was up in Troy NY on the 10th of Nov to see my step son wrestle. I've been taking pics of him and his teams wrestle for about 8 years now. It's a challenging sport to take pictures of but i think these turned out pretty good. Thoughts?

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Phillip Breske's picture

I'd say the most challenging thing is finding a decent background. I like the intimacy of the second, but the crop is a little off. Maybe take a bit off the top?

The first has great composition and I especially like the way they look so light on their feet, but the people and chairs in the background. Ugh.

I like the lower angle on the third and the depth of field here helps by blurring some of the background, but I suppose that was mostly because those other elements are so far away from the action.

I would suggest blasting this kind of thing with the highest frame rate your camera can support and with your fastest, longest lens (85/1.4 or 70-210/2.8) to get the depth of field really shallow. The focus will be off in a lot of shots, but in the ones where the focus is perfect, you'll have a stronger photo without so much background distraction.

Alain Grandemange's picture

Thanks Phillip. for the second picture, would you say this crop would work better?

Phillip Breske's picture

Yes. Much better. I’d still prefer to see more of the wrestler’s face, but this is big improvement.

Phillip Breske's picture

And you don't always have to use the original crop ratio. I'm not saying this is better, but it is a suggestion: