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A Night At The Ballet
2nd PlaceA Night At The Ballet
hotpasta


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Jump (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Nikon
Location: Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Date: Apr 9, 2006
Aperture: F5.6
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 9, 2006

Welcome to Aussie rules...a day when my team (Hawthorn in the gold and brown) were beaten. I love taking photos at the football. I take about 500 at a time! An old ambition of mine was to be a sports photographer.

I used my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 with a Sigma 2x teleconverter. It was handheld. This was indoors under lights, so it was 1600 ASA at 5.6. This was at the 'centre bounce' after a goal. This guy got up pretty high, so I knew I had a good shot for the challenge. It's one of the attributes of our great Aussie game to leap into the air for what they call a 'spekky' short for SPECTACULAR.

I just did some minor tweaks with sharpening and saturation. I have others in my portfolio so check them out.

Thanks to everyone who voted for this in my first ribbon! woo hoo!!!

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 151
Avg (all users): 7.1850
Avg (commenters): 8.5500
Avg (participants): 7.1286
Avg (non-participants): 7.2154
Views since voting: 14034
Views during voting: 410
Votes: 200
Comments: 70
Favorites: 15 (view)


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08/07/2007 10:49:50 AM
I'm not really a soccer (football) fan, but after seeing this photo...I should be! The level of daring athleticism and emotion captured here clearly depicts the core essence of what this sport is all about. Magnificent!
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06/25/2007 09:56:34 AM
The border is a little too heavy on this one; but it is a lucky pulled off snapshot...looks great
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04/24/2006 09:10:01 AM
Look at you!! A ribbon at last. I'm so pleased for you. What a vivid image. WOW - that's some stop action.
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04/23/2006 04:38:07 PM
Right place Right time.(and timing) Wonderful shot congrats on the red.
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04/23/2006 12:31:19 PM
Your comment got it right "SPECTACULAR"! Awesome shot.
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04/21/2006 10:47:24 AM
Greetings from the critique club,

Get prepared to let the compliments wash over you. This is the first time I have lucked into a ribbon winner to critique.

I am not sure that this shot could be improved - especially as a sports shot. It fits the challenge perfectly. The expression on the leaping player's face is terrific, really lends something to the image.

The one thing missing is what everyone is looking at. The ball. And the more I think about it the more I think that may even be a good thing, it lends some angst to viewing the image. But the lack of the ball would likely keep it from making it to a sports pub I would think.

In closing, a terrific shot that obviously met the challenge and met it well. Congrats on your ribbon.

-Rich
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04/21/2006 01:40:27 AM
How'd you get such a clear shot at 1600 ASA (same as ISO?) ? I love it!
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04/20/2006 11:28:10 PM
congrats, super capture. how high off the ground is this guy anyway? wow. now that's a jump! well deserved in down under.
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04/20/2006 09:17:07 PM
Congrats on your yellow red ribbon. :)
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04/20/2006 12:04:08 PM
Congrats on your first ribbon! Great shot
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04/19/2006 11:16:20 PM
Congrats on a spekky of a shot
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04/19/2006 10:39:30 PM
Almost like high voltage entertainment with great stop motion. Congratulations on your RED.
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04/19/2006 12:11:00 PM
Amazing picture. Congrats on the ribbon!
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04/18/2006 03:56:58 PM
man, this is awesome! huge congrats on the ribbon!
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04/18/2006 08:26:00 AM
I DO HAVE ONLY ONE WORD "S PE C T A C U L A R"
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04/18/2006 07:09:59 AM
Hey! Great job. Love it, and thank for all you helpful comments on my work.
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04/18/2006 04:10:29 AM
Hey Enzo,

finally your first ribbon.... I'm happy!!

Great shot.
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04/18/2006 01:10:33 AM
: O )

hahahaha
ballet.
great job!!
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04/17/2006 04:20:57 PM
Big Congrats on your first ribbon!!!! I am very happy for you. I look forward to seeing this do well in the best shots for 2006!
Go the Swans (opps sorry, it had to be said!)
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04/17/2006 01:45:54 PM
This is simply awesome action frozen in time! Congratulations on the first of many ribbons! It just had to happen.
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04/17/2006 12:07:25 PM
Ohmygoodness. This is the coolest stop action photo I've seen!
Congratulations on this most amazing photo, and your first (probably of ribbon! I have a feeling there will be many more of these in your future :)

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04/17/2006 11:51:23 AM
Congrats on your first of many ribbons to come!
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04/17/2006 11:33:10 AM
Ah...good old footy. West Coast supporter here! Great pic! I'm curious where you were located when you took the shot and did anyone hassle you having a bigger lens than a point and shoot in the ground?
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04/17/2006 10:28:34 AM
Gave this one a 10. Congrats on the yellow!
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04/17/2006 08:01:35 AM
My father was a doctor in Oz, where I grew up, and he always said there was at least one fractured skull every Saturday due to Oz Rules Footy.
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04/17/2006 07:47:58 AM
hey congratulations on your well deserved ribbon!!! Hope to see u getting some more soon! alex
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04/17/2006 07:00:20 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. I knew it was a good image. I love the clarity and the subject too. (Spider Everett must have been having a bad night)Go the Swanees! Well done.
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04/17/2006 05:47:59 AM
Hehe, well congratulatsions to you too dude, well deserving of a ribbon and if there had been a ball in this picture, I think you would have beat bot of us and taken this challenge, awesome moment you captured there and love the expressions of the players.

From the guy next to you on the winners podium! :)
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04/17/2006 05:05:26 AM
kewl, well done!
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04/17/2006 03:15:13 AM
Congrats Enzo!! Well done and well deserved!!!
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04/17/2006 03:03:37 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon!
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04/17/2006 03:02:00 AM
Great Shot! Im sure your passion to be a sports photographer is still burning inside of you!

As a proud Hawks supporter, you have had a pretty good weekend! You won a ribbon and the Hawks beat Geelong!!! Can't ask for anything more! Well Done!
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04/17/2006 02:22:47 AM
Top shot mate, well deserved!
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04/17/2006 02:20:34 AM
Congrats on your ribbon !
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04/17/2006 02:14:27 AM
Great shot and well done on the ribbon and well done on barracking for such a great team (another Hawthorn supporter here)

The only think I don't like about the photo is the memory that Collingwood won the game :-(
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04/17/2006 02:13:03 AM
Great Specki & Awesome at ISO 1600. Cool shot!
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04/17/2006 01:22:43 AM
great shot... would have liked to see the ball in the fame (and possibly the background a little more out of focus) but that's just nit-picking because this is a terrific image - perfect for the challenge.
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04/17/2006 12:58:19 AM
Congrats! Great image and for sure a ribbon!
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04/17/2006 12:44:53 AM
Congrats! I am excited for you! Excellent sports shot :)
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04/17/2006 12:35:53 AM
Hey what did I say? Congrats!
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04/17/2006 12:23:14 AM
congrats!!
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04/17/2006 12:21:15 AM
Congratulations hotpasta... i thought this one might ribbon... glad to see it was yours!
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04/17/2006 12:20:15 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, well deserved. I reckon he didn't mark it ?
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04/17/2006 12:19:25 AM
Excellent shot. Good on ya, - and congrats for the ribbon.
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04/17/2006 12:17:40 AM
well diserved ribbon
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04/17/2006 12:09:42 AM
Nice shot and congrats on your first ribbon.

ps: Go Saints!
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04/17/2006 12:06:09 AM
CONGRATS MATE!!!

Fantastic result and another ribbon on it's way down-under!!!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/16/2006 08:45:48 PM
I wonder if he marked this...I think so! What a excellent capture! If you aren't then you should be a sports photographer! 10
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04/16/2006 08:33:51 PM
Ah - watch the big men fly! Hope he marked it. Great moment. 8.

Come back before challenge ends and thought I'd bump this up to a 10. The Australian in me won't let me give it any less. :)
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04/16/2006 06:55:47 PM
Ok this is a ribbon winner here. Great capture and perfect timing!
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04/16/2006 12:42:09 AM
Great capture, Nice colors and comp. Interestingly deep DOF draws you in.
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04/15/2006 09:51:09 PM
wow! great!
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04/15/2006 08:40:34 PM
wow that amazing!
so clear
and well done
way to go
10!
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04/15/2006 07:47:46 PM
7 - Good capture. Wish the ball was in the picture too for added context/story. Perhaps a more finely tuned crop & nudge rotate (if you had the room) may have also given this a bit more of an edge.
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04/15/2006 12:42:04 PM
great shot. he's got some serious air. seems a bit too softened up.
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04/15/2006 05:23:58 AM
Great timing and gret colors - 10
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04/13/2006 11:31:36 AM
you got the people and the jump at the same time, that's great.
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04/13/2006 12:40:29 AM
and the title makes it even better.
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04/12/2006 07:59:19 PM
LOL, totally in human. Looks like he's dropping out of the sky.
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04/12/2006 05:42:56 PM
Great job. Really like the expression but your capture itself steals the show.
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04/12/2006 02:55:17 AM
The Pies and Hawks are OK but the Swanees are better! Oh and its a great image too. I love the clarity and the DOF. Well done. ~9
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04/11/2006 11:47:09 PM
wow..that dude is up!
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04/11/2006 10:54:15 PM
Fantastic colors . Great photo. 9
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04/11/2006 02:21:56 PM
Great job of freezing the moment. The colors are very vibrant and make the players pop. Very nice!
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04/11/2006 01:14:16 PM
Wow, thats high!
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04/11/2006 03:29:10 AM
Amazing capture, definatly one of the best of the challenge. ROCK ON!! 10
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04/10/2006 06:51:47 AM
Great capture ! (10)
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04/10/2006 02:32:50 AM
Love the emotion on his face.
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04/10/2006 01:22:59 AM
Definitely caught the moment! I like this!
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04/10/2006 12:33:38 AM
Awesome SHot !
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