30 Examples of Perfectly Timed Action Photography

By / Mar 31, 2010 / Inspiration
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We live in a world that is constantly in motion. Some things move very quickly and can seem like a blur, but with photography, we can freeze time and get a better look at the action. Action photography is all about timing – being in the right place at the right time. It’s also important to be knowledgeable about what you’re shooting, so you know the best moment to take the shot.

In this article, we’ve rounded up 30 examples of perfectly timed action photography. To see larger versions of the photographs and to learn more about both the photograph and photographer, be sure to click on the images.

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About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

31 Comments

  1. baca
    March 31, 2010

    WOW! awesome collection :)

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  2. Leisha
    March 31, 2010

    This is a stunning collection! None of these shots seem staged and some of them are quite hilarious. It would have been nice if you had included the title of the photographs so they could be referenced easier, though. #14 & #15 are my personal favorites. The expressions captured on the faces of the two boys playing volleyball in the mud and the man who seems to be loosing control of his cattle are priceless!

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  3. Jen at Cabin Fever
    March 31, 2010

    The talent to capture these images (and the expensive equipment sometimes) is amazing–or just pure luck! I always seem to lack the right lighting when I see a wonderful action shot, or notice it too late. …you really do have to anticipate these shots!

    The one of the hornet and both the horses/birds fighting are amazing.

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  4. Philippe Alves
    March 31, 2010

    This is not volley-ball or beach volley! What the heck is this (highly physical)sport? Is it thai-kick-boxing-volley-soccer? Amazing!!

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    • knitmyrhino
      July 31, 2010

      I’m with Philippe…what sport is this? I would love to see it in action!

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  5. Jordan Walker
    March 31, 2010

    Those are amazing photos.

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  6. Magnus Blikeng
    March 31, 2010

    Some impeccable pics there, espeically the one with the skater.

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  7. Michi
    March 31, 2010

    Wow, great collection! 29 is funny :)

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  8. Lena Tailor
    March 31, 2010

    I have always been a very big fan of photography and I must say, these are some awesome clicks that I have ever seen…

    Thanx for sharing.

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  9. Tom
    March 31, 2010

    Looks like the karate chop pic has been tone mapped…?

    Also, you forgot this one: http://tinyurl.com/p2ltv3

    :P

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  10. Birgit
    March 31, 2010

    quite a few incredible shots among these, a nice collection!

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  11. Alan
    March 31, 2010

    I’ve always loved this shot http://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewnemo/2410797783/

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  12. Danny Santos
    March 31, 2010

    Absolutely breath taking collection. I’ve just seen a blog post with the same topic, but this one takes the cake.

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  13. dapas
    April 1, 2010

    perfect…
    nice collections.., thumbs up WDL…

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  14. Andy Gock
    April 1, 2010

    Awesome collection.

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  15. Victor M. Rojas
    April 1, 2010

    Totally Amanzing !

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  16. Khaled El-Hage
    April 1, 2010

    Wow! Not only are they perfectly timed, they’re also perfectly focused.

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  17. tanzmax
    April 2, 2010

    really great collection

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  18. Sean Pollock
    April 2, 2010

    Love the stone break picture!

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  19. Ananya
    April 3, 2010

    nice shots!! :)

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  20. Azizuan
    April 5, 2010

    Great compilation. Thanks for inspiring. Keep it going.

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  21. inspirationfeed
    April 9, 2010

    The snowboard picture is really creative.

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  22. Akif
    April 10, 2010

    Wow Amazing !

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  23. A.D.K.
    April 12, 2010

    Cool photos. Very good :)

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  24. Johnson Koh
    April 21, 2010

    Beautiful photos with high clarity. Thanks Henry!

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  25. Andry
    May 13, 2010

    I like no.3 the birds with good tones, congrats!

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  26. Bane
    May 18, 2010

    Great,just great,thanks for sharing!

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  27. Mike Haydon
    July 30, 2010

    These are INCREDIBLE! I especially like the one with the bullet skimmin the surface of the water.

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  28. Tracy B
    July 31, 2010

    What an amazing collection of images. The wasp photo was of particular interest, as today was spent ridding wasp nests from roof eaves.

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  29. Susie Michelle
    July 31, 2010

    These are amazing – especially the sports photos. The photo of the swimmer is phenomenal.

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  30. Rolando Peralta
    September 15, 2010

    fantastic compilation!! I loved all of them!

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