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Challenge: Action Shot II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6
Location: Rother Valley Country Park, UK
Date: Jul 27, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 1, 2006

Wow! Errrmm wow. Thank you! Dunno what to say.
Iím new to DPChallenge and am very impressed by the community that seems to exist here and by the wonderful work on display. I feel very honoured to have done so well in my first challenge and for all the great comments you have given.

A few people have asked to see a little more of the action in this photo. This pic is full frame apart from trimming one dimension to make it square but I have added some other shots of the surfers to my currently sparse portfolio. I will add some more when I get chance.


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My first challenge entry! So far I haven't had time to submit anything but I was lucky this week as the challenge just happened to fit with some pictures I was doing.

It was a blisteringly hot day and the skiers put on a good show. Iím not sure how high he was at the time of this picture. In some of the other shots where I zoomed further out, you can see the water surface and he appears to be about 20 feet above it Ė impressive stuff.

I was lucky with the light too. The strong sunlight allowed me to shoot at a high shutter speed with the ISO still at minimum. The water acted as a giant fill in reflector, keeping the contrast on the skiers just within manageable limits.

Post processing:
Individual RGB curves.
Crop to square composition.
Resize and sharpen for web viewing.

Mike.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 279
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Avg (commenters): 8.4500
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Votes: 265
Comments: 55
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05/23/2007 11:03:18 PM
This has to be definately in my book one of the very best "ACTION SHOTS" ever on DPC.....

In my book a "classic", thats for sure, great timing, great composition, clarity, and color, and just a fun photo, that works..... Awesome.....

Message edited by author 2007-05-23 23:15:54.
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08/19/2006 07:24:24 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon!
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08/15/2006 10:25:22 PM
What a capture! Very well deserving of top honors. Congratulations on your Blue.
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08/15/2006 12:31:46 PM
OMG 0_0
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08/14/2006 06:43:57 AM
Wow, great shot in every way. Congratulations, what a start :o)
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08/11/2006 06:10:38 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon in your first challenge! This is a great shot!
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08/11/2006 12:23:19 AM
Nice shot Mike. Congrats on your first ribbon.
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08/10/2006 09:25:30 AM
Great capture! Congratulations on your first ribbon in your first challenge!
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08/10/2006 05:57:00 AM
WOW!!! Fantastic shot!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon! ;) Welcome to DPC Mike :))
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08/09/2006 09:49:39 PM
Congrats to you, great shot!!!
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08/09/2006 02:04:58 PM
Oh what an AMAZING photo! This is spectacular and I am so glad it won blue! Congratulations!
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08/09/2006 12:54:07 PM
Dude! Congratulations! Great capture! I really love the title, too!
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08/09/2006 12:09:27 PM
Exquisite shot! Congrats on your first challenge and first ribbon!
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08/09/2006 11:08:46 AM
Originally posted by skiprow:

congrats! you are now in that rarest of clubs (first-time blue-ribboners), which brings with it a certain amount of envy and razzing.

you can quit now.
it's all downhill for you now.
can't wait to see how you follow this up.


Yep, thatís what I was thinking! I may have set my bar a little high, lol.
08/09/2006 10:47:08 AM
What a great shot! I love the color and DOF is perfect
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08/09/2006 10:06:59 AM
congrats on the blue!
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08/09/2006 07:06:02 AM
congrats! you are now in that rarest of clubs (first-time blue-ribboners), which brings with it a certain amount of envy and razzing.

you can quit now.
it's all downhill for you now.
can't wait to see how you follow this up.

good luck! and nice stuff in your port, too!!
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08/09/2006 02:58:22 AM
Well done on the blue!
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08/09/2006 02:42:05 AM
And he's off and running! (away with all our ribbons ;) )
Congrats :D
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08/09/2006 02:20:17 AM
First Challenge ... First place! Well done and Congrats!
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08/09/2006 02:05:15 AM
Congrats on your first entry AND your first blue!! Awesome!
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08/09/2006 01:20:50 AM
Congrats!!!! What a capture.
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08/09/2006 12:54:56 AM
Wow, that is an incredible shot. Very well done! Congrats on the ribbon man.
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08/09/2006 12:53:24 AM
Hey, great work! Congrats on blue!
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08/09/2006 12:49:59 AM
Originally posted by BlossomJJ:

Yehaa! Great capture .. hope he landed ok :-)


He sure did, every time!
08/09/2006 12:38:59 AM
Hey that's not fair, some of us have been struggling forever to get a blue here. Maybe we should take shots like this ;-}. Big congrats on this awesome shot.
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08/09/2006 12:38:56 AM
Congratulations! Great shot. Incredible that's it's almost full frame.

Quite a feat to win Blue on your first challenge. Many more to you...
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08/09/2006 12:22:04 AM
AWESOME! Congrats!!
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08/09/2006 12:12:40 AM
Wow a blue with your first entry, excellent work man.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/08/2006 10:51:57 PM
Yehaa! Great capture .. hope he landed ok :-)
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08/08/2006 09:09:15 PM
8 - Good capture and clarity. Minor, but not sure on the frame, especially the color.
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08/08/2006 07:24:31 PM
What an incredible shot!!
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08/08/2006 02:07:21 PM
excellent stop action - loooove the spray!! great DOF and nice colour and clarity - best of luck!!
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08/08/2006 06:46:25 AM
really like this one. great action. nice title.
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08/07/2006 11:13:56 PM
AWESOME!
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08/06/2006 10:42:28 PM
Can't find a flaw here. Sharp image, good color, great depth of field, no motion blur. Wow! (10)
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08/06/2006 10:32:38 PM
I like the action in this phot, and the composition is great. What I don't like is that the focus seems to have locked on the front binding and not on the face. The binding is much crsiper than the face, and I think the picture would have been better the other way around. Great effort!
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08/06/2006 10:02:43 PM
Nice freeze. I wonder if this was on the back of the boat or on shore.
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08/06/2006 03:57:24 PM
Pretty cool 9
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08/06/2006 10:50:08 AM
Great photo!
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08/06/2006 07:22:04 AM
This will be the only high scoring photo that I comment on (I've been concentrating on those that need critiquing). Your shot IMO should be a ribbon winner. I really can't find anything wrong with this shot . . . well, maybe if you would have had more lake in the picture, it would be better. Sort of looks like he's skiing on grass. Congrats on such a great photo.
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08/04/2006 09:08:01 AM
Excellent shot.
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08/04/2006 01:55:06 AM
Good capture but I'd like to see a little bit more of what's going on, post it without the crop!
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08/03/2006 08:41:55 PM
Well caught!
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08/03/2006 06:02:41 PM
excellent! 9
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08/02/2006 10:12:35 PM
Dude! nice shot, meets the challenge well. Looks a little washed out, maybe up the saturation. Like the crazy pose the guy is in. Well done. 6.
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08/02/2006 09:30:24 PM
now that is the one to beat.
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08/02/2006 03:43:28 PM
10 :) fantastic shot,
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08/02/2006 12:06:20 PM
This is great! A little more focus would've been better, but all in all, nice job!
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08/02/2006 11:51:40 AM
You let the skier do all the work for you! Great angle and all that. ;^) Nice job of getting a nice clean shot of this action. Came out great. Good luck in the challenge.
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08/02/2006 11:15:27 AM
that is action the the enth! Great job. It is in focus, great contrast and nice compisition!
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08/02/2006 09:43:09 AM
This is good. Lovel the title. Nicely composed, cropped and the details are all there. 8
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08/02/2006 09:11:15 AM
Nice lighting and shutter speed. Very well caught moment of high drama and action. 8.
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08/02/2006 01:59:21 AM
Incredible shot. This is the kind of action shot I aspire to. Focus, composition, stopped action. 10.
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08/02/2006 12:27:53 AM
Excellent shot!!
Not only is is well-composed, the dof is outstanding.
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