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Penn Relays, world's largest annual track meet, attended by 20,000 athletes and 100,000 plus fans.
3rd PlacePenn Relays, world's largest annual track meet, attended by 20,000 athletes and 100,000 plus fans.
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Photojournalism II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Nikon D50
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Nikon
Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia, PA
Date: Apr 28, 2006
Aperture: f/6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2006

UPDATE: Kodak.com says, "'Ready for the Handoff' will be our Picture of the Day on November 12, 2006. It will be featured on the kodak.com Home Page, in Picture of the Day, and every few minutes on the Kodak Times Square Gallery in New York City." ROCKIN'

April 27-29 was the 112th Penn Relay at the University of Pennsylvania. It's an amazing three day event. The events include prep schools, highschools, colleges, Olympic development teams, and masters events (40+, 50+ and 60+). Participats come from as far as Canada, Jamaica (huge fan following), Bahamas, Virgin Islands.

I got some amazing images from the Womens Triple Jump, the Womens High Jump, and the Mens Long Jump before my battery kicked. DOH! When will I learn? Mens Polevault was next...


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I love the look of determination on some of the athletes faces, especially the Womens Triple Jump.

This has been an exciting week watching the scores on my Photojournalism hover around 7.0. At the same time I had the irony of having my personal worst image (Freestudy XI) the same week as my personal best. mk said it best, "It's good to have them both in the same way...you're too busy basking in the glow to feel disappointed. ;) Congrats!"

And she's right as always...

Editing: Nikon Capture (Curves), Photoshop (Crop, Lighting, Saturation, Unsharp Mask, Layer Levels to lighten hotspots, Clone on debris on track)

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 183
Avg (all users): 7.0934
Avg (commenters): 8.3810
Avg (participants): 7.0580
Avg (non-participants): 7.1150
Views since voting: 10057
Views during voting: 300
Votes: 182
Comments: 49
Favorites: 8 (view)


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AuthorThread
04/17/2007 06:46:00 PM
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03/26/2007 07:53:49 PM
that's whacked...as much as i've loved this image, i thought i had added it to my faves a long time ago...

as slippy said, you were handed a moment--and boy, did you capitalize on it! excellent work!!
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03/26/2007 03:25:42 PM
The Photo-Gods were smiling on you that day. If any lane other than #7 were in the lead, it probably wouldn't have the same impact. Belated congrats & job well done. :-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/20/2006 01:23:59 AM
These are all great shots! I love that we are only seeing one of the baton toting runners. Great colors, composition and contrast.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/13/2006 10:59:59 PM
A strong visual presentation with the contrast of movement against the stretches. Congratulations on your Yellow.
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05/13/2006 07:06:57 PM
I love the way you included your outtakes. They are all pretty darn good, but i dont think any would have got a 7.

So I think you most certainly made the right decision, and congrats on your ribbon, it a great shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/11/2006 11:31:22 AM
Very nice! I love the guy in the rule of thirds area..really makes this shot stand out. Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/11/2006 05:50:08 AM
Great capture. Congrats on your ribbon!
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05/11/2006 04:08:05 AM
Critique Club
Wow this is my second ribboon I have had to critique in two days so we will see how this one goes. First off congratulations on your Ribbon it well deserved!

To me there are so many interesting aspects to this shot, the point of view from where you are is great with the the bend of track coming into the staggered line of the runners creates a great dynamic and something to keep the eye moving. I like how each individual can tell there own story, from the first runner coming in lane 7 to the poor guy in lane 6 who must be so far behind he doesn't even have his hands off his legs yet. And I think the lighting you captured as well really helps as you get a complementary story in every shadow. It really has almost every thing perfect. I could totally see this in any sports publication from the local paper to Sports Illustrated.
However I do think there could be a couple things improved. One is the crop that you chose cuts off the runner in lane 8 and is really noticeable as that is the main line running through the photograph. You could have possibly zoomed out more to have included the runner in lane 9 also so that you didn't have this mysterious shadow reaching into your photo. But that is it really in terms of composition that I can see could use improvement. The second thing is that title is way too long, and I am not trying to be mean or rude but there are more words and/or numbers in this title than I have ever seen in any other entry on this site. You probably should have stopped after the first comma, or maybe you could have said it was the world's largest annual track meet, but other than that this photo has enough of a story in and of itself that even glancing down at the title like I do with some entries it would take me a few seconds to try and register all of that information that I stop looking at the photo.
Well congratulations again on your ribbon your photo is excellent. If you have any questions or comments just send me a PM.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/10/2006 04:14:46 AM
Great job on this photo, congratulations and way to get a ribbon for all us D50 owners!!!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/09/2006 01:08:22 AM
Ribbon number 1, congrats.
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05/08/2006 10:21:23 PM
Great shot, terrible name. Still gave it a 10.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 01:03:09 PM
A great image, well thought out. Congrats.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 12:19:50 PM
Really good work Eug. This is one of my absolute favorites in the challenge. Very well done shot. Ofcourse I showed you earlier the one little flaw I saw with it, but congrats on a ribbon on a very deserving photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 11:59:49 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!
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05/08/2006 11:30:28 AM
Congrats on your ribbon! My cousin competed in this (3rd place high school girls). She had a blast. You really captured the excitement. Great shot!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 10:39:57 AM
Eugene-Congrats on your first Ribbon!!!
Beautiful shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 09:03:21 AM
Congrats on your ribbon. I really liked this image.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 05:03:00 AM
Wow, awesome composition, love the way the lines lead me around the frame. Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 03:10:22 AM
Very nice photo. I can definitely see this in a slide show of AP photos. As a front page photo I would think having something that included the finish line would have been better but it certainly didn't hurt you here. Congrats on your first ribbon!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 01:28:47 AM
It was a record length title. bit you did well with this...congratulations
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05/08/2006 01:08:44 AM
congrats! glad to know i don't need to get pissed off ;-)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 12:44:17 AM
Nice shot - Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 12:34:21 AM
Very well captured - congrats on your ribbon!

Message edited by author 2006-05-08 00:34:33.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 12:34:06 AM
Congrats on the ribbon, great picture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/08/2006 12:33:52 AM
I love the "off photo" anticipation, and the fact there is one runner there that makes the way for the rest. I love photos that make me look outside the photo - nice work :)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2006 11:59:24 PM
Excellent composition and a great capture fof the moment.
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05/07/2006 08:57:36 PM
awesome shot. absolutely. simply fantastic composition. i will be so pissed if this doesn't make the dpc front page--it's one of the best i've run across yet. if this was mine, i'd have it printed 20x30 and dry mounted. it's too good not to print.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2006 07:35:07 PM
Awesome action shot...love your composition
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/07/2006 08:53:48 AM
I really do like this photo.
05/07/2006 12:30:52 AM
fantastic shot
05/06/2006 10:47:15 AM
Lovely track shot - well composed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/04/2006 11:36:03 PM
nicely composed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/04/2006 11:31:07 PM
i think it would have been better ifn you were to capture them crossing the finish line.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/04/2006 12:18:06 AM
Great shot for the story. 8
05/03/2006 08:32:13 PM
Great shot. My top pick. Bumping up.
05/03/2006 01:29:52 PM
How many comments has your title attracted? A lot I hope, because it is so bad it both sucks and blows! I bet Da Vinci wishes he'd come up with something as catchy instead of "Mona Lisa" :P

The photo though deserves a great deal of respect. I can't imagine how you could have caught this better. The runners lined up perfectly. The leader (?) just arriving in shot. Even the shadow in the bottom corner with its outstretched arm adds to the image. Top stuff.
05/03/2006 07:35:22 AM
coooool photo, really great ... nothing more to add
05/02/2006 05:37:43 PM
photo is great
05/02/2006 04:37:48 PM
Can they fit all those words on the front page. Nice photo
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/02/2006 03:39:20 AM
Great shot from a very good angle. Good use of colour and love the composition.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/02/2006 02:48:51 AM
This is an excellent image.....I hope it does well.....
05/01/2006 08:58:18 PM
Great job!
05/01/2006 07:19:47 PM
Wow -- excellent job! This is perhaps one of the best representations of the challenge I've seen so far. Could certainly appear in a newspaper, and could certainly be a ribbon winner this time around.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 06:57:44 PM
Very nice photo.
05/01/2006 11:52:49 AM
Great perspective and capture.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 11:45:35 AM
excellent photojournalistic shot and action stoppage-9- the guy on left is touching edge of image is only major flaw I can make out, great job
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 11:39:34 AM
NICE sports capture! I'd say this surpasses most local newspapers in quality. Maybe ya should submit a resume to SI :-) I only have one teenie issue with the photo. A disembodied shadow at the lower left, a bit of crop would have fixed. I'm still gonna give you a 10!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 12:22:13 AM
Great Shot ! Really like the different colors in this.
  Photographer found comment helpful.


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