A spectator seems unimpressed as Wilmington player Kevin Bagrowski does a flip with the ball to get extra distance on his throw-in during high school soccer match vs. Billerica (© Michael Maher, The Lowell (Ma.) Sun).
The high school soccer player took a running start, flipped over, bounced off the ball, and as he came upright, made a long inbounds toss, but this wasn’t a strong picture by itself. The photo needed someone upright nearby to create a clear contrast, make the picture more interesting and add some element of amusement. When he attempted his next upside down throw-in, I backed up and saw this fan who was a perfect counter to my upside down player, and his lack of reaction helped make the photo a winner. Judge for yourself – if you crop out the spectator, it is nowhere near as powerful.
1) Watch for action that seems to defy gravity.
2) If you miss a shot, plan out how you will be ready next time there is an opportunity.
3) Look outside the field of action for elements you can add to make your photos stronger.