After more than 30 years of practicing street photography, I've become very good at capturing fleeting moments and gestures. I naturally assumed that this skill would apply to sports photography; specifically, my son's soccer games. Imagine my chagrin and puzzlement when this assumption was proven wrong.
What I was trying to capture was the moment just after my son had kicked a soccer ball; the moment when it has just left the tip of his foot and went flying into the air. It turns out that although I had no trouble capturing the moment his foot made contact with the ball, for the life of me, I couldn't capture what happened a split-second later, even when I set my camera set to its maximum continuous speed of 6 frames-per-second. The ball was apparently accellerating so fast after being kicked that 6 fps wasn't fast enough to catch what I was looking for. Maybe it takes a camera that can do 15 fps. Maybe it takes a camera with just a millisecond more shutter lag. I just don't know.
I'll tell you this though: Capturing peak action in sports photography is not as easy as it looks, assuming it looks easy at all. If any of you have any tips to pass along, please feel free. In the meantime I'll be trying to get my mind adjusted to the possibility that there might be some things I'm just not able to capture.