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Challenge: Photojournalism II (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-30D
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Canon
Location: Oulton Park, Cheshire, UK
Date: Apr 29, 2006
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/100s
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 30, 2006

My first attempt at motorbike photography ...

Shot on day 1 of the British Superbike meeting at Oulton Park, at which Cal Crutchlow set a new lap record of 1:38.961 in Free Practice for the British Supersport Championship.

Post Challenge:
Cool. The neat thing about this result is that I didn't just pick my best shot of the day, I picked the story and then found a shot to go with it.

Lots of comments on the crop. Here's the wide version ...
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Personally I think the tight crop is better suited to a headline image or front page, the wider shot doesn't carry the same impact. And if anybody feels cheated that I cropped so heavily, here's one at full frame to prove I can : ) ...
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My first attempt at bikes certainly won't be my last. I had a blast.

More here:
British Superbike Oulton Park Day 1
British Superbike Oulton Park Race Day

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 183
Avg (all users): 7.1160
Avg (commenters): 8.4348
Avg (participants): 6.9444
Avg (non-participants): 7.2294
Views since voting: 8259
Views during voting: 282
Votes: 181
Comments: 51
Favorites: 6 (view)


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05/14/2006 06:46:18 PM
Great pic, think the tight crop is definitely higher impact than full frame, nice composition, colours and really good impact. Congrats!!!
05/13/2006 10:58:07 PM
Expert capture and exciting subject with action and colors galore. Congratulations on your Red.
05/11/2006 11:29:25 AM
wOOt! Congrats
05/11/2006 05:48:33 AM
Great action shot, I like it a lot. Congratulations!
05/10/2006 05:18:23 PM
I really love this shot. Very intense, great action.

I also really like the uncropped version....seems to give a better feel for the speed.

Congrats !
05/10/2006 03:07:48 AM
Congrats on a great capture. Much as I like the tight crop though, I have to say I find the wider shot even better as the motion panning is far more pronounced and gives a greater impression of speed. Well done.
05/09/2006 07:22:13 AM
how cool is this! take 6 months off from challenges, then ribbon on your 4th attempt back--sweet!!

killer shot, love the tight crop.
05/09/2006 01:07:42 AM
Congrats. NO obvious troll votes :) Although i question the 4's.
05/08/2006 07:03:18 PM
nice very nice its not easy to get that tight i know good job!
05/08/2006 12:53:46 PM
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Your first attempt at motorbike photography? OMG, I can't wait to see the other attempts.

I guess I ought to qualify the "first attempt" statement with "after 4 or 5 years practice shooting cars" for those that don't know.

Originally posted by kiwiness:

Y0u gonna stick around now?

Dunno. I've proved my godlike mastery of my new camera now haven't I ...

:D

Yeah I'm here until my next photographic hibernation.
Thanks for all the great comments peeps.
05/08/2006 12:22:41 PM
Your first attempt at motorbike photography? OMG, I can't wait to see the other attempts. Great work! Congrats with your ribbon on one of my top picks.
05/08/2006 11:59:19 AM
Congrats on your ribbon!
05/08/2006 10:26:41 AM
I love it! just an awsume shot, I hope to grab some shots like this in the summer.
05/08/2006 08:42:58 AM
Incredible sharpness considering you were motion panning and shot at only 1/100s. Outstanding job!
05/08/2006 06:59:50 AM
I really love this shot. It definitely captures the essence of speed
05/08/2006 05:02:32 AM
Congrats! Love the tight composition, gives me a sense of "being there".
05/08/2006 03:54:50 AM
Good to see you back Bod. Y0u gonna stick around now?
05/08/2006 01:28:09 AM
You did it! well done...excellent shot...it conveys so much action
05/08/2006 12:55:36 AM
That tight crop goes SOOO well with that tight turn he's making.
05/08/2006 12:43:43 AM
Great shot for a first attempt at motorbike photography! Congrats on your ribbon
05/08/2006 12:34:00 AM
Terrific capture! Congratulations on your well-deserved ribbon.
05/08/2006 12:33:32 AM
Great action here, well taken and well ribboned.
05/08/2006 12:31:47 AM
Excellent capture and it's good to see you back. Congratulations!
05/08/2006 12:30:02 AM
Well done, good to see you back up there.
05/08/2006 12:25:55 AM
This was one of my favs and not just because of the bike well done! :)
05/08/2006 12:22:44 AM
cool sweet photo, i love this shot
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2006 07:33:31 PM
Great action shot
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05/07/2006 08:55:03 AM
Wonderful and well composed photo.
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05/07/2006 06:55:05 AM
very well done...would have preferred a more compelling title, seeing that the title was part of the challenge, but this is one of the best of these kind of shots I have seen...you should be proud od this 9
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05/06/2006 10:33:08 PM
nice, a bit too tight for my tastes though.
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05/06/2006 04:30:34 PM
Awesome! I like the tight crop, wicked capture, 10!
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05/06/2006 10:57:35 AM
Very nice! Great clarity and cropped down to give an incredible sense of action. I could see this one in a motorcycle mag or SI.
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05/06/2006 10:51:11 AM
A sponsor's dream of a shot! Excellent capture!
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05/06/2006 07:51:10 AM
Now this is fast, and also good.....
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05/05/2006 07:56:56 PM
Good frame filling shot, sharp with panning motion blur. Good.
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05/04/2006 06:43:54 AM
Wow...great action shot...submit this to a magazine....puhlease....you have a winner.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/03/2006 11:59:15 PM
Great shot, but a magazine reader would prefer to see the whole bike and rider. :) 8
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05/03/2006 09:26:06 PM
This is cropped a little too close. It would be better if entire bike was in the shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/03/2006 07:44:18 AM
wow, excellent photo ... i wish the whole bike and driver were in frame
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05/03/2006 06:12:22 AM
Normally I don't mind borders but I think you might have been served better if you omitted it for this challenge. As for the photo that's a hell of a shot! I love the motion blur at the top and right. Also, I find it really interesting the number of sponsorships depicted in this photo.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/02/2006 03:40:46 AM
Good photo and good edit. Well done.
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05/02/2006 03:28:08 AM
Was the crop your choice? would have preferred to see the whole bike with maybe a bit more to the right
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05/01/2006 10:17:07 PM
Superb! Nice motion blur, crisp focus, great colors and crop. Hope it does well.
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05/01/2006 09:54:26 PM
Excellent capture. The only thing that could be possiblly asked for is if the bike wasn't cut off. Very good colors, excellent motion. 10
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05/01/2006 06:57:49 PM
Lovely action shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 06:57:30 PM
Excellent shot! It's perhaps a little tightly cropped for my taste, but still a supurb shot.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 12:43:07 PM
Nice, sharp photo, good colors. I personally think I would like the see the entire bike within the frame, although that may just be a personal thing, since the close crop seems to work well here.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 11:41:43 AM
-10-
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05/01/2006 10:35:25 AM
I could fill pages with everything I like about this shot. crisp and a great capture. Bikes a little dark. (maybe a midtone adjustment would've changed this but thats my personal taste)Crop's a little tight (would've liked to see the whole bike). Still a great photo!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/01/2006 09:46:38 AM
OMG, which magazines am I going to see this in? This is top-quality work. 10! BTW, I bet Honda would be interested in this shot for thier marketing and PR.
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05/01/2006 09:22:34 AM
Oh yea!!!! what a shot, like the crop..10
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