Capturing the Slinga is tough work

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By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Lasith Malinga
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This photograph of Lasith Malinga was taken during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

I have always wanted to get a good panning shot (moving subject in focus while rest of the image is blurred) of Malinga. When captured and panned perfectly, his action and his quick run up can make for a great photo. However, there are many elements that get in the way. Firstly, getting a good position is crucial. I shot this between deep mid-on and deep mid-wicket in order to capture him as he opens his shoulders while in mid-air.

In this instance, fortunately, the umpire stood quite far back. Therefore, it gave me enough room to focus solely on Malinga’s face and chest. Every time I cover a match featuring Malinga, I give myself one over to try and get a good panning shot.

I do like this photo, but I also know with a better background (without signboards) and with his arms stretched a bit more it could look a lot better. Hopefully, I can get one during the upcoming T20 World Cup which I will be attending.

Shot at: 1/80sec @ F5.6 – ISO 125

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