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Challenge: Fill Flash (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D
Location: Lima
Date: Dec 9, 2008
Aperture: f/5
ISO: 2500
Shutter: 1/640s
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Dec 9, 2008

The model is my nephew Daniel, aka "Babas" in the skating world. He is a real skateboarding champ and you can know more about him here.

Camera set in manual mode for desired exposure of sky and focus of distant silhouettes while keeping a fast enough shutter speed (The Nikon D700 does great at ISO 2500 and the f/5 DOF of the 16mm fisheye FX lens is perfect). Flash sync speed set to fp mode to be able to shoot/sync at 1/640s to prevent dark/faded edges. Fill flash: on board SB-800 at full power in manual mode. Camera positioned (handheld) below subject level but high enough to get the horizon and silhouettes in good position.

Usual stuff for processing: crop, levels, curves, hue/sat, resize, border, usm.
Could not clone out dust speck on upper right in basic editing.

After challenge:
THANKS for your kind comments, votes and the ribbon!!!. Special thanks to my nephew Daniel for modeling. Ribbon dedicated to Jorge De Sousa for being a lot more than a super talented pg: a generous friend who is always open to teach and share. We all have much to learn from him.

To LevT: yes, you can clone out sensor dust in basic, but that is only when dust is ON THE SENSOR, which usually looks as a fuzzy dark spot (it blocks light). In this case the dust speck must be somewhere else since it does not look dark but whitish with sharp circular border (it is probably floating somewhere reflecting or difracting light towards the sensor), so I think it could not be cloned out without being dqd.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 79
Avg (all users): 7.4739
Avg (commenters): 8.9000
Avg (participants): 7.2727
Avg (non-participants): 7.5076
Views since voting: 10349
Views during voting: 575
Votes: 230
Comments: 51
Favorites: 15 (view)


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04/19/2009 09:01:01 PM
This is not easy to photograph, well done!
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01/08/2009 10:53:16 AM
I'm new at this and I want to know more about how I can enter this contest????? Helpp meee...
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12/21/2008 04:47:50 PM
An amazing shot. Love the exposure of the background and the silhouetted characters which are positioned perfectly. Congratulations on the blue.
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12/18/2008 12:25:30 PM
Hey Daniel! You're a lucky guy. You know how to fly and you have a great photographer capturing stunning images for you. You'll be proud for the rest of your life with this amazing and fantastic photograph. By the way, congrats for Alfredo too. He did a great and faultless work!
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12/18/2008 11:12:08 AM
Knew this was a winner. Congratulations!!!
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12/17/2008 04:53:59 PM
Another blue! Congratulations and well deserved.
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12/17/2008 03:37:22 PM
Fantastic shot and thanks for your insightful comments it really showed all the different aspects you thought of and used to make this shot.
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12/17/2008 01:59:12 PM
FABULOUS!!!!!!! Congratulations on first place! This is perfect.
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12/17/2008 01:14:13 PM
Awesome shot. Congrats!
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12/17/2008 12:37:45 PM
Very cool! the fill flash works so well with the dark horizon and silhouettes...
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12/17/2008 12:00:15 PM
Absolutely fabulous image. Especially love the grey tones and the people standing in the background (and, of course, your handsome nephew ;-) Big congrats, Alfredo.
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12/17/2008 11:02:45 AM
A wonderful blue-ribbon image. congrats!
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12/17/2008 08:34:41 AM
Congratulations on the blue!Great capture
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12/17/2008 07:55:37 AM
Congrats on the blue ribbon! excellent capture!
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12/17/2008 02:43:14 AM
Congrats on the blue!! Brilliant shot!
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12/17/2008 02:03:34 AM
I just knew this was going to snag the Blue. It has 'magazine cover' written all over it.
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12/17/2008 01:43:08 AM
Fantastic shot. I love the little silhouettes on the horizon too.
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12/17/2008 01:31:42 AM
btw. don't you know that you can clone out sensor dust in basic?
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12/17/2008 01:29:06 AM
congrats, Alfredo! Love the perspective with tiny silhouettes of trees and people in the background - nice contrast to your nephew
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12/17/2008 01:17:46 AM
Congrats! Perfect!
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12/17/2008 01:12:18 AM
Felicitaciones! presentia que esta foto era tuya. :)
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12/17/2008 12:56:11 AM
Congratulations on the blue! My favorite in this challenge, very well executed!
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12/17/2008 12:35:47 AM
This was my favorite of the challenge.. I love the silhouettes in the back.. Just perfect IMHO..
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12/17/2008 12:20:30 AM
Beautiful image as always brother. Blue by far, as predicted :-) . C O N G R A T U L T I O N S ! ! ! ! !
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12/17/2008 12:19:25 AM
Definitely a great example of the technique. Congrats on the great image and thanks for the info too.
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12/17/2008 12:19:21 AM
Congrats, A. no podia ser de otra manera!!! Excellent!
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12/17/2008 12:08:56 AM
Congrats on your blue! My fav in the challenge! Well done!
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12/17/2008 12:05:46 AM
very very brilliant image .. perfect fill-flash and amazing action shot ..
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BLUE RIBBON and a 2nd place on your profile page .. :)
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12/17/2008 12:02:31 AM
i LOVE the silhouetted guys in the bargound. just fabulous
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/16/2008 05:09:29 PM
Outstanding photograph with good use of fill in flash.
Great focus and dof.... 10 from me
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12/15/2008 04:00:07 PM
excellent freeze of motion and nice lighting ..and the background guys also add to the mood of the picture ..very nice
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12/15/2008 03:03:51 PM
Great moody sky behind and light on him makes it very 3 dimensional, well done. 8
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12/13/2008 04:46:32 PM
i hope this ribbons superb - 10
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12/13/2008 10:09:49 AM
Perfect use of fill flash. Nice work.
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12/12/2008 03:01:28 PM
Fantastic picture and fill lighting use, great
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12/12/2008 08:16:09 AM
great capture, love the silhouette, awesome balance
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12/11/2008 09:05:05 PM
Easy ribbon winner! Great shot.
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12/11/2008 08:51:17 PM
Instant 10. This is perfect for this challenge.
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12/11/2008 07:05:43 PM
Best one of the bunch.I had asimilar idea but could not pull it off cuz of the weather! Good Luck
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12/11/2008 06:26:53 PM
10!
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12/10/2008 09:23:21 PM
really great job .. I like the dark clouds and the guys standing on the hill behind him give this a nice perspective ...
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12/10/2008 06:44:29 PM
Great separation from background and incredibly sharp for an action shot!
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12/10/2008 06:14:45 PM
more full flash than fill flash but a great shot anyway - great stuff
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12/10/2008 03:20:26 PM
Top 3
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12/10/2008 03:13:12 PM
i like the comp overall silhouettes in the BG are a nice touch.
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12/10/2008 02:16:17 PM
I hope to see this one on the front page. Good luck! 10.
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12/10/2008 12:19:10 PM
Winner! Love the silhouettes.
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12/10/2008 11:25:02 AM
We have a ribbon winner here. Awesome capture. Love the sillhouetted background.
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12/10/2008 10:26:14 AM
I like the background in this shot very much! Well done!
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12/10/2008 12:41:18 AM
Great capture for the challenge. Good use of fill light to highlight the subject. The white might be a tiny bit overexposed though when being fussy. Sky looks great. The little red is good. The border works. Great submission here.
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12/10/2008 12:19:49 AM
front page potential...well done 8
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