30 Examples of Perfectly Timed Action Photography

By / Mar 31, 2010 / Inspiration

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.

  • http://fotoblog.przemyslawwajda.com baca

    WOW! awesome collection :)

  • http://www.feralbytes.com Leisha

    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!

  • http://www.vtcabinfever.blogspot.com/ Jen at Cabin Fever

    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.

  • Philippe Alves

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

    • knitmyrhino

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

  • http://www.jordanwalker.net Jordan Walker

    Those are amazing photos.

  • http://www.mediahanger.co.uk/ Magnus Blikeng

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

  • http://www.monkey-photography.com Michi

    Wow, great collection! 29 is funny :)

  • http://lenatailor.designerteam.info Lena Tailor

    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.

  • http://www.tomryandesign.com Tom

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

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

    😛

  • http://ice-horse.de Birgit

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

  • http://www.vimeo.com/skatevideos Alan
  • http://www.dannyst.com Danny Santos

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

  • http://dapas.web.id dapas

    perfect…
    nice collections.., thumbs up WDL…

  • http://www.gock.net/ Andy Gock

    Awesome collection.

  • http://www.eldelivery.blogspot.com Victor M. Rojas

    Totally Amanzing !

  • http://khaledelhage.com Khaled El-Hage

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

  • http://twitter.com/tanzmax tanzmax

    really great collection

  • http://sean-pollock.com Sean Pollock

    Love the stone break picture!

  • Ananya

    nice shots!! :)

  • http://azizuanaziz.blogspot.com/ Azizuan

    Great compilation. Thanks for inspiring. Keep it going.

  • http://inspirationfeed.com inspirationfeed

    The snowboard picture is really creative.

  • http://magicaldrawing.blogspot.com Akif

    Wow Amazing !

  • http://www.forbetterdesigns.com A.D.K.

    Cool photos. Very good :)

  • http://10steps.sg Johnson Koh

    Beautiful photos with high clarity. Thanks Henry!

  • http://www.semenit.com Andry

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

  • http://webexpedition18.com/author/bane/ Bane

    Great,just great,thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.mikehaydon.com Mike Haydon

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

  • http://www.TracyBarbutesPhotography.com Tracy B

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

  • http://www.momscape.com Susie Michelle

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

  • http://CommunitiesDNAblog.com Rolando Peralta

    fantastic compilation!! I loved all of them!