Michael Huggan photographs remarkable hit of polo ball

September 09, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Michael Huggan photographs remarkable travel of polo ball

New Forest Polo Club Blue Jackets Tournament

Following posting images to my website from the Blue Jackets Tournament here, I had another look to see if I had missed any images that proved interesting.  Whilst reviewing a set of images from one of the matches there were about thirteen images that all looked similar.  I wondered why I had so many similar images.  On closer scrutiny, I noticed the player had not moved his position by much, but the ball had travelled vertically up, over the rider and dropped down on the other side close to the horse.  In fact, the ball had travelled in the shape of an arch. Whilst this was not obvious from looking at each image I decided to take the thirteen images merge them together and see what resulted.

Full Stack Flat R1 AFull Stack Flat R1 AMaize Dulce v CH Yachting polo teams at the final of the Blue Jackets Tournament, New Forest Polo Club 18.August 2018. Photo: Michael Huggan Merged images

The thirteen images were all recorded within a two second time frame.  I was shooting my Nikon D5 at 12 frames per second and the most interesting point is "A lot happens within two seconds". 

I show below on the left of the screen one of the images in the sequence and as you can see it is not very exciting.  Also, is the information on the first and last image in the sequence of thirteen images.  The first image is timed at 13.58.42 and the last image in the sequence is 13.58.44.  

Bluejackets.18.8.18.1366ABluejackets.18.8.18.1366AMaize Dulce v CH Yachting polo teams at the final of the Blue Jackets Tournament, New Forest Polo Club 18.August 2018. Photo: Michael Huggan Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 17.07.55 copyAScreen Shot 2018-09-08 at 17.07.55 copyAMaize Dulce v CH Yachting polo teams at the final of the Blue Jackets Tournament, New Forest Polo Club 18.August 2018. Photo: Michael Huggan Screen Shot 2018-09-08 at 17.08.24 copyAScreen Shot 2018-09-08 at 17.08.24 copyAMaize Dulce v CH Yachting polo teams at the final of the Blue Jackets Tournament, New Forest Polo Club 18.August 2018. Photo: Michael Huggan

I trust you like the final result with all the images merged - it makes for a fascinating picture.


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