Picture This!
Outdoor Sports

Our Picture This! assignment this month was Outdoor Sports, and readers responded with a host of great shots from a near-Olympic-size field that included baseball, running, biking, and rodeo. Judging from these photos it's clear that readers have their eye on the ball and know how to grab those "peak of the action" shots.

Philadelphia X Games: These aerial acrobatics were caught by Brad Glazier with a Nikon D1X and Nikkor 300mm f/2.8 lens.
© 2005, Brad Glazier, All Rights Reserved

Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo: Hat flyin' and spurs high show off a peak moment photographed by D.W. (Dave) Clements with a Canon EOS-1D Mark II and Canon 70-200mm zoom lens. Exposure was f/2.8 at 1/320 sec.
© 2005, D.W. (Dave) Clements, All Rights Reserved

Pan Marathon: Using classic panning technique, Boris Uk made this shot at the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon with his Olympus EVOLT E-300 camera and 14-54mm lens. Exposure was f/8 at 1/15 sec.
© 2005, Boris Uk, All Rights Reserved

(Above): Swim Meet: Becky Andelson made this photo of daughter Emily during a swim meet at the Yucaipa Invitational Meet in Yucaipa, California. She worked with her Canon EOS 20D and a Sigma 28-300mm lens; exposure was f/5.6 at 1/2500 sec.
© 2005, Becky Andelson, All Rights Reserved

Bike Race: Mark Johnson made this action shot of Mike McMahon at the San Diego Velodrome at the Southern California Master's Track Championships. He worked with a Canon EOS 20D and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. Exposure was f/4 at 1/1000 sec with the camera set at ISO 400.
© 2005, Mark Johnson, All Rights Reserved

"I Got It": Runner Raymond Holmes reaches for the baton with the moment of the pass caught by photographer Etta Kelly. She worked with a Canon EOS D60 set at ISO 400.
© 2005, Etta Kelly, All Rights Reserved

Bat And Ball: John Rindahl caught the decisive "baseball moment" as "Little John" Rindahl swung into the pitch. He used a Canon Rebel D and Canon 70-200mm L f/4 lens; exposure was f/5 at 1/3200 sec with the camera set at ISO 800.
© 2005, John Rindahl, All Rights Reserved

Soccer Action: Jian Chin photographed an action-packed moment at a soccer game in Stockton, California. He worked with a Nikon D100 and 80-400mm lens; exposure was f/5.3 at 1/250 sec.
© 2005, Jian Chin, All Rights Reserved

Close Call: Safe or out? It's hard to tell without a replay, and that's why we liked this shot by Jim Mitchell. He worked with a Nikon D2H and Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens; exposure at ISO 400 was f/5.6 at 1/750 sec.
© 2005, Jim Mitchell, All Rights Reserved

Going For The Ball: Jake Parker goes for the return in this photo by Dale Baker who used a Nikon D70 with a Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D lens. Exposure was f/3.2 at 1/1250 sec with the camera set at ISO 400.
© 2005, Dale Baker, All Rights Reserved

Please Note
We receive hundreds of submissions for Picture This! each month and want to be sure we properly identify each image we publish. Please be sure to attach your name and image information to the back of each submission.

Happily, our "lost" Found Montage assignment photos were found, as they showed up mysteriously at our doorstep after having traveled (we surmised) through the ravages of Katrina. The outer package was the worse for wear, but all the photos made it through. We'll run that selection next month, so stay tuned for following Picture This! assignments.