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Challenge: Sports IV (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Date: May 4, 2010
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2010

Dempsey G: USA Natl Team(U14) and all around good kid.

I've had this shoot rattling around in my head for about 6 months. His USA helmet is very cool and I thought some strobed action shots would be fun. Thanks for the votes and comments. Here are some others from the series.

They came out better than I hoped but I learned some things and can't wait to shoot this style again. 3 flashes: 1 in Cheetbox behind subject right, unmodified flash behind subject left, background wash with third flash(not in all shots). Cybersyncs. Inspired by http://www.giardinophoto.com/

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p.s. I understand the staged vs. natural sports action debate. I'm sympathetic but in the context of this challenge, i don't agree with it.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 171
Avg (all users): 7.0663
Avg (commenters): 7.5333
Avg (participants): 6.6765
Avg (non-participants): 7.3009
Views since voting: 4459
Views during voting: 368
Votes: 181
Comments: 40
Favorites: 4 (view)


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05/17/2010 07:06:15 AM
I love the photo - the lighting is excellent and the shallow dof really bring the subject out. Great job, as usual!
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05/13/2010 01:16:30 PM
I like the whole series, Mark. But this one is my fave! Congrats on the ribbon and on learning something new.
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05/13/2010 02:37:10 AM
Amazing lighting. How did you do it? Also that Giardino guy's work is really inspiring.
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05/12/2010 02:16:01 PM
This is fantastic. An instant fav to revisit for inspiration. Thanks for the outtakes, too!
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05/12/2010 11:31:54 AM
Ohhhhhh Mark! I just love this photo...gripping, powerful and dramatic! Congrats on your ribbon!
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05/12/2010 09:44:43 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. It is a beautiful image.
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05/12/2010 09:41:43 AM
Excellent work, Mark - congrats!
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05/12/2010 08:57:25 AM
EXCELLENT!!!!! Congrats.
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05/12/2010 08:54:04 AM
Wow! This is a FABULOUS photo! Can you imagine a senior baseball player getting a photo like this for his senior pictures? I know if my baseball player had been able to get a senior photo like this back in the day, it would be an enormous gallery print in our game room. Congratulations on the ribbon, and I agree with you about it being just perfect for this challenge!
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05/12/2010 08:16:35 AM
Big congrats on the yellow, Mark!
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05/12/2010 07:49:27 AM
Way to go, Mark! Great photo, and well-deserved ribbon!
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05/12/2010 06:40:35 AM
great finish, Mark
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05/12/2010 05:07:31 AM
congrats on the ribbon, Nice image!
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05/12/2010 03:56:40 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. You've got some other excellent shots in there for the outtakes, too. I'm really liking 3424-3web and 3431 as well. All awesome shots.
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05/12/2010 03:32:42 AM
Awesome Mark, huge congrats! I only briefly followed the debate, and I agree, the challenge was simply to capture the action of any sport. You did it supremely well and the majority of voters recognised that.
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05/12/2010 02:21:55 AM
Magnificent lighting Mark. I really love this shot, it might be staged but it captures the motion and feel of the sport perfectly.
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05/12/2010 01:54:36 AM
Nicely done - congrats!
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05/12/2010 01:03:20 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, but even more are due for the set of images as a portfolio, great work Mark.
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05/12/2010 01:02:45 AM
Really good shot. Got a 9 from me and I was hoping the "staged shot" trolls wouldn't shoot it down. Nice work, Mark!
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05/12/2010 01:01:48 AM
You and I were on the same page for this one!! Bizarre that I got the inspiration form the same guy!! This is freaky!!
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05/12/2010 12:23:53 AM
Congrats Mark! You did Bay Area DPCers proud!:-)
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05/12/2010 12:20:46 AM
Congrats on 3rd place finish! Way to do Dempsy proud :-)
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05/12/2010 12:14:08 AM
Congratulations Mark! This is awesome!
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05/12/2010 12:10:09 AM
Nice Mark! Congrats on the ribbon.
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05/12/2010 12:06:16 AM
Woo Hoo! Congrat's Mark!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/11/2010 09:50:12 PM
Top capture and well lit. Although the blown out right thigh detracts a little the choice of background makes up for it. One of the best in this challenge.
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05/09/2010 10:49:39 AM
Beautifully lit for dramatic effect.
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05/08/2010 06:03:16 PM
The lighting on this shot is awesome. My favourite of this challenge.
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05/08/2010 12:20:38 PM
I love the lighting and composition of this shot, the fence is a little hard to look at, but still great.
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05/08/2010 02:36:58 AM
nice!
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05/07/2010 07:15:43 PM
I was a catcher, so this certainly appeals to me. Even if I hadn't been, this is an excellent shot.
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05/07/2010 06:10:02 PM
Very sharp shot.
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05/07/2010 06:33:59 AM
You might get dinged for the same reason that I may... :) Nice shot(and light).
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05/06/2010 11:12:53 PM
I like this very much. And that ball in mid air. Well done!!
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05/06/2010 06:28:31 PM
This is such a great photograph. Only grip is the blown highlights on the leg. Even with that it is one of my two top picks for the challenge.
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05/06/2010 05:23:23 AM
this looks like a sports action photo, but it has a serious studio-like feel to it.
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05/05/2010 10:40:35 PM
Good play of lighting with the subject. I love the slight unsaturation. It would have been a 10-pointer if the ball was in focus more than the subject. Good job! 8/10.
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05/05/2010 06:52:52 PM
Very nice shot and great processing.
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05/05/2010 03:45:12 PM
I like this shot a lot - I would have loved it if it were not a staged shot with flash. Still a nice job; however, in this challenge I am voting those that had no control over light higher than those that created action in a controlled environment as I believe that was part of the 'challenge'.
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05/05/2010 11:11:59 AM
Very nice shot! For some reason the motion on the ball seems to take away from the photo some but still one of my favs.
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