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The Man on the Flying Trapeeze
The Man on the Flying Trapeeze

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Challenge: Action Shot II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Robert Crown State Beach, Alameda, CA
Date: Aug 1, 2006
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2006

Fortunately, I live near a beach where kiteboarders gather daily. This type of shot involves several challenges. Most notibly as with many action shots, is getting close to your subject. This shot was taken at about 75 yds. I don't have an extremely long lens, nor do I have a boat. Consequently I have to wade out as deep as I dare without risking water damage to my camera and hope someone comes close for a stunt. Nevertheless, most of my shots require some cropping to focus on the detail, and capture "the action".

Lighting is also a challenge, since more than half the waterscape is overexposed with too much contrast due to the location of the sun in the late afternoon.

The final challenge is finding a good subject (one who might qualify as an expert) and praying he/she comes close enough for some good shots.

If I had my dream, I would get a longer, sharper lens with a waterproof case for these types of shots.

Levels, Curves, USM & Cropping.

Place: 69 out of 279
Avg (all users): 5.8578
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.6341
Avg (non-participants): 5.9800
Views since voting: 1016
Views during voting: 313
Votes: 232
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/05/2006 08:36:03 AM
Good composition, but the arm in front of the face really hinders this shot. With a person in Action, the look on their face (IMO) is key to making the viewer feel the picture.
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08/04/2006 08:46:47 PM
nice shot. too bad you didn't get his face
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08/04/2006 08:00:06 PM
The focusing on this photo, and everything else... just stunning. If I see one person gives less than 7 to this photo, I go personally smack him or her. 10 +
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08/03/2006 01:13:46 PM
Nice shot
08/03/2006 09:21:43 AM
I keep seeing this...where can one do it? Very nice capture!
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08/02/2006 01:59:35 AM
Incredible shot. This is the kind of action shot I aspire to. Focus, composition, stopped action. 10.
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