Sending the Ball

A young soccer player delivers the ball to her forward teammate.
 
I find it easier to properly frame larger field sports images when using longer focal length prime lenses than when using shorter focal length primes due to the longer focus distance sweet spot the longer lenses have.
 
Still, when shooting sports from a distance with a prime lens, cropping is frequently necessary. I try to stay with the native aspect ratio (3:2 or 2:3) when cropping, but sometimes free cropping gives the best result (as shown here) - as long as the intended output method supports the size ratio.


 
Camera and Lens Settings
600mm  f/4.0  1/1600s
ISO 160
3456 x 4257px
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