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June theme: Spring Sports

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  June 2, 2009 09:01 AM

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The theme for our June contest is Spring Sports, so let's see those action shots. I had amateur sports in mind when I came up with this theme, but we'll certainly take any photos you've shot at pro games as well.

But there is one limitation: It has to be a spring sport -- that means no football, no field hockey, etc. (We had a Fall Sports challenge last September.)

However, I will take shots of winter sports like hockey and basketball since most of them carry into the spring. The traditional spring sports on the amateur level are baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, track, volleyball, and golf. Youth leagues also play soccer in the spring as well as the fall.

This can be a tough subject. The challenges are many: You not only have to be in the right spot at the right time; you also have to have exquisite timing, the right light, the appropriate focus and shutter speed to stop motion -- and do all of that in a compelling composition.

All I can say is: Good luck! Re-read the tipsheet from the Globe's Jim Davis, and look over these other suggestions I found online:

photo.net: Sports Photography by Rob Miracle

Tips and Techniques by Jerry Lodriguss

DPS: Introduction to Sports Photography by Darren Rowse

When you're ready, read our guidelines and then enter your photo.

I'll have more news about the judging for the May contest soon.

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