Table tennis is an interesting sport, in that everything happens in a very small area. And it is not the easiest sport to shoot, since (from a low position), you have one athlete constantly moving in front of your lens, while focusing on the athlete at the far end of the table.
Using back button focusing on the camera, I would start by pre-focusing on the far athlete as they waited for the serve. And then, depending on how much they moved, I would refocus as needed. This took a little getting used to.
Like most sports, it is important to have the ball in the image, and have the focus on the eyes. This is true most of the time, unless trying to be creative.
Once again, I positioned myself to get the Olympic Rings in the frame.
To change things up, I sometimes focused on the athlete closest to me. This is a shot of her about to serve.
I used the Canon 200-400mm at f/4 to blur one of the athletes and have the other in focus.
After a while, I moved tables to get some new subjects.
More selective focus.
They celebrate a good point, like most other Olympians.
If the ball was just a little bit closer to her nose, I would have had the classic table tennis clown-nose shot. :)
Since I had so much fun using the multi exposure mode during fencing, I tried it again for table tennis, and I really like the results.
It is cool to see the trail of the ball in the shot above and below, although the athletes are a bit "hectic".
I saw this woman in the crowd and had to get a shot.
This last multi exposure shot wasn't my favorite, but it happened to capture the last point of the match. You can see that the ball missed the table, causing this woman to lose the match. She was very upset at the loss.
OK, well...time to go photograph some men's weightlifting.
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