What I'm Trying to Do
This is my favorite photo from the 2012 District 8C tournament. It has at least one player from each team, so it tells a story. It has foreground, middle distance, and background, so it has depth. And the Belt defender is trying to watch the ball-handler while not losing the cutter breaking toward the key, so the story has a recognizable theme (conflict).
The sports pics I'm happiest with are photos like this one where the people and elements (including the ball) lead your eye through the frame in some kind of natural direction. The direction your eye travels could be foreground to background, left to right, right to left, or corner to corner. Landscape photographers work hard at this. I'm not very good at it yet, but I've read a lot about it and try to do it any time I have the time and freedom to move around a static subject.
Obviously sports aren't static like a landscape or a portrait subject. The players are doing their own thing, not posing for a photograph, so I can't really "compose" the image. All I can do is pick a good place to shoot from, follow the the action through the viewfinder, and hit the shutter just before the peak moment. If I get lucky there will be a few shots that end up looking "composed."
I have a couple other three-dimensional basketball pics from previous years like the one above, and I'm proud of all of them:
Thanks for the explanation about getting a good picture. Your pictures are always good and your explanation shows why.
Awesome, love all these! Especially the 2nd one, tee, hee!!!
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