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and the Bat went Cuh-Rack!!!
and the Bat went Cuh-Rack!!!
Skip


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sports II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III
Location: Richmond, Va
Date: Jul 10, 2005
Aperture: F/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2005

jus playin round wif my new twenny-D... ;-)
and damn, it is sweet!

even though i had been experimenting with shooting in burst mode, this was a single click. guess practice and good timing paid off.

i'll really be interested to see how this one scores. does it meet the challenge? yes! are there any technical flaws? none that i can see. is it appealing? well, i guess that depends on whether or not you like baseball... is there a wow factor? maybe not as much as if the ball was in the image... but, all the same, how easy would it be to reproduce this shot? (actually, not rediculously hard, if you're trying...i got two in this one game.)
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oh, well, we shall see ;-)

post was very simple: rotated, cropped, slight adjustments for hue/sat & levels, sized, slight usm, and saved for web.

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post-challenge notes

this is really kinda funny, how this shot came about. i shot this on a bright sunday afternoon. i lost a freelance opportunity to shoot the friday night game, because the director of photography thought my 75-300mm F/4 was too slow. he was right. even though i got a few shots like this with bright sunshine, it's still not the same as if i had been shooting with, say, a 75-200 F/2.8L IS USM. that would have made a HUGE difference, at least to me, and maybe to those trolls who scored this a 1-2-3 ;-) not that i would ever call them out in a thread, but really, what a joke. oh well, i got a couple new PB's out of this, so i can't really complain.

thanks to all of you who commented and voted--it is greatly appreciated!!!

Statistics
Place: 13 out of 296
Avg (all users): 6.7521
Avg (commenters): 7.0930
Avg (participants): 6.3680
Avg (non-participants): 6.9573
Views since voting: 3682
Views during voting: 492
Votes: 359
Comments: 56
Favorites: 2 (view)


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05/17/2007 05:16:18 PM
Fantastic action sports shot; nice timing.
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07/28/2005 10:21:16 PM
Great timing, Skip!
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07/28/2005 01:48:38 PM
ANYONE who would vote this a 4 or lower is a serious troll! Just jealous that it was most likely going to trash their own picture by comparison. This is so awesome, and maybe because I love baseball, but it definitely has a wow factor for me!!! Fabulous job!!!!!

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07/20/2005 07:27:30 AM
Yeah I'm one of your ONE voters.... NOT! What a joke is right :o) Great shot, congrats on the great score and personal best!
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07/20/2005 06:39:49 AM
Congrats on your top 20 !!!
This really is the coolest image. Meets the challenge, great technically, very appealing and definately carry the WOW factor.
Nothing but KEEP IT UP!!
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07/20/2005 06:33:42 AM
According to your comment you took this in one shot (no burst). That's the kind of training I would love to get. Though I am interested in other type of sports the idea of single shot is amazing. Good work. Congrats on the top 20!
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07/20/2005 03:21:18 AM
Glad to see you're having fun with the twenny :)

Congrats on the top 20!
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07/20/2005 02:13:41 AM
Skip, congrats on the personal bests with an amazing capture. I'm sure the player would love to have this shot on his wall! Also, congrats on the 20d. It's a great camera, and I can't wait to see more of you work with it.
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07/20/2005 12:54:44 AM
Hey Skip: A cool capture. Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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07/20/2005 12:23:27 AM
Skip - you're the man! Congrats on 13th with this well-timed, single-click, awesome-even-though-no-ball-in-sight, kickass shot! What kind of league is this that can't afford anything but balsa wood bats?? ;-)

edit: forgot to mention that I'm glad you spelled the sound effects correctly or I'd a bumped you down a point. :)

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 00:24:18.
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07/20/2005 12:12:50 AM
Great shot Skip. Congrats!
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07/20/2005 12:08:23 AM
YEA!!!!!
Congratulations on placing so high in this well photographed challenge. Would like to believe it's the new camera but I'm sure is the excellent action photographer behind the camera.
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07/20/2005 12:03:51 AM
Skip--congratulations on your excellent placement and score in this highly competitive challenge! Great timing and shot!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2005 05:53:23 PM
Another great baseball shot!love this one, really captures the moment - love the expression on his face too!
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07/19/2005 05:22:06 PM
oh! What a great moment to capture
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07/19/2005 01:56:00 PM
Always a great shot when you can get that broken bat.
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07/19/2005 12:35:23 PM
amazing shot -- you captured just the right moment. the color on this is nice, and the image is nice and crisp! good work!
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07/19/2005 10:38:37 AM
Great moment
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07/19/2005 04:49:28 AM
WOW
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07/19/2005 01:51:01 AM
Perfect timing, the key to good sports photography.
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07/18/2005 10:08:01 PM
A critical moment with classic pose of the swing.
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07/18/2005 10:47:58 AM
CRACK! Great shot.
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07/18/2005 09:35:30 AM
8 - Excellent opportunity capture. Criticism; sharper, bolder (colors and texture) and 'if only' to capture that bat in absolute focus, would make this a better photograph for me. A different crop, 'if only' to get the catcher out of frame, but pretty impossible from this angle. Superb action shot and I think, aside from a tighter crop, you have likely done the best you can with the opportunity you were given. Possibly, black and white, but I am sure the bat would be lost even further. Good title. Good shot. Memorable.
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07/18/2005 05:52:08 AM
wowww!!!!!!
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07/17/2005 06:21:04 PM
Damn... what a catch!!!
By the splits of seconds. This is the essence of the game.
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07/17/2005 04:22:12 PM
Timing is everything. Nice shot.
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07/17/2005 02:32:11 PM
what a fantastic action shot! wow, very impressed. 9
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07/17/2005 12:35:23 PM
Whoa that's a stong hit! Or a cheap bat!
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07/17/2005 07:54:15 AM
one in the life time
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07/17/2005 02:37:25 AM
Perfect timing!
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07/16/2005 11:56:45 PM
Great timing. Too bad that the catcher's arm is in the photo.
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07/16/2005 01:44:30 AM
great action...
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07/15/2005 11:38:20 PM
You've got a great shot! Good dof & very sharp!
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07/15/2005 10:25:28 PM
Duck!!! Nice catch.
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07/15/2005 08:58:27 AM
wow! nice shot at the right time! 10
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07/15/2005 05:07:33 AM
WOW best capture so far!
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07/14/2005 05:50:18 PM
Nice shot. Maybe step it down a stop in order to get some of the texture of the dirt back.
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07/14/2005 05:26:42 PM
Nice LAST action, dof, color and comp.
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07/14/2005 05:00:57 PM
woooow, good moment
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07/14/2005 12:24:22 PM
whahaha nice one! Made on the very best moment, love it! feel a bit sorry for the swinger, but I think the coach will be more mad at him for breaking the bat... good job! I will rate this one high
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07/14/2005 09:17:42 AM
great timing
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07/14/2005 07:03:21 AM
Nice timing!
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07/14/2005 06:39:00 AM
Nice timing on this one.
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07/14/2005 06:30:10 AM
Great shot I have been trying for one of these for years.
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07/14/2005 03:56:46 AM
Nice timing! Cool shot.
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07/13/2005 10:42:29 PM
WOW! What perfect timing. 9
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07/13/2005 07:53:16 PM
Serendipitous capture. As a newbie, I am eager to find out your camera settings.
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07/13/2005 07:20:35 PM
Cool moment to capture. The image feels like it is just a bit overexposed, or the bright/contrast tweaked too bright, or maybe sharpness or something tweaked a bit too hard. I wish I could explain this better. I adjusted my monitor just in case, but the grainy glare on the ground and other light spots in the photo actually became a bit distracting for me.
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07/13/2005 06:11:48 PM
great shot
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07/13/2005 04:49:39 PM
what a capture!
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07/13/2005 10:55:04 AM
wow great shot, a tad grainy or something though
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07/13/2005 06:47:36 AM
A once in a lifetime capture. Would've been nice to be ables to clone out the hand and glove on the right.
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07/13/2005 03:32:23 AM
How do ya get a shot like this! Well done. Good luck
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07/13/2005 02:12:30 AM
i think you downloaded this photo!!!
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07/13/2005 12:50:44 AM
Can't get any better with timing. Nice one!
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07/13/2005 12:19:26 AM
man you got lucky with that one! great picture
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