Sometimes, as we press the shutter, we can 'see' the image in our mind. Hopefully when we look at it on a computer screen, it is what we 'saw'. On the occasions that this does happen, it's such a thrill. Today with cameras capable of shooting at such high number of frames per second, we've lost that ability of seeing the single shot as in the film days, when anticipation and timing was so crucial. The latest Canon 1Dx mark 2 shoots an image every 71.4 milliseconds or 83 milliseconds for the Nikon D5. Astounding!
It is so important to really look at the whole image in the viewfinder and not just the subject itself. By carefully looking and readjusting our shooting angle or a few paces to either side, we can elimiate distracting objects or highlights in the background. Cliff Mautner says you should 'bob & weave' like a boxer as a few inches either side can make or break an image. When shooting sports, a busy backgrounds kills the image. So even though you can't bob & weave as with a portrait, select a 'sweet zone' on the field regarding lens, light and background and then discipline yourself to shoot in it
Here is an image I saw in my mind as I took it during an AFL match - golden, late afternoon sunlight coming at an angle to enhance mood and texture, dark background in the shadows of the trees, bright colours in the jerseys, with urgency and concentration in the last quarter of the game - one of my favourite of the 2015 season 😊