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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II
Location: Games room
Date: Aug 3, 2006
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1.3 seconds
Galleries: Sports
Date Uploaded: Aug 3, 2006

It's a fake! The cue ball is hanging from some fishing line that I have cloned out. I thought about levelling the "horizon" (aka the pool table) but it didn't look right when I did.

Editing Steps:
clone out wires and minor blemishes
noise filter: dust & scratches
blur cue ball
add border
save for web

Post Challenge:
I think again it is the post processing that cost me on this. From the comments I managed to give the impression of capturing a real jump shot but the colours etc made the overall impression a bit "blah blah.

Place: 99 out of 212
Avg (all users): 5.5301
Avg (commenters): 6.1667
Avg (participants): 5.5139
Avg (non-participants): 5.5405
Views since voting: 850
Views during voting: 314
Votes: 183
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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08/17/2006 12:39:52 PM
Hi! Here’s a comment from the Critique Club.

First Impression:
Nice shot! My eye went straight to the cue ball, down to the “13”, “1” and then the cue stick. Vivid colours!

Nice lines and colours. Some how the balls look too small compared to the bumper height. I like the crop aspect ratio

Meets challenge, even though you created the impression!

Nice lighting. Yellow ball has a couple of blown areas. Entire shot is soft . Adding blur to the cue ball works, but the rest of the table and balls could have been sharper. Felt looks flat.

You had an excellent idea. The overall soft focus may have hurt you with the voters. In this kind of a shot, I think they expect to see everything “pop” to be sharp.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 01:19:40 AM
Well done!
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08/11/2006 04:47:44 PM
Wow, just wow
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08/11/2006 02:03:12 PM
good job stopping the motion; just wish it had been a bit sharper.
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08/10/2006 05:54:14 PM
White balance seems a little bit off here. Otherwise, this is a great shot.
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08/09/2006 03:53:40 PM
Hey! That's pretty cool! Haven't seen an image like this here yet, and I've been here a while now. Plenty of pool table shots but not a jump shot. Clever idea. Now...how's it doing I wonder? Exposure and color temp are good for an indoor lighting shot. Have the stopped motion portion taken care of. Only nit is the line of the table against the background makes it look slanted to the right. Might hear about that. Anyway...best of luck to you in the challenge.
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08/08/2006 12:32:21 PM
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08/07/2006 03:52:17 PM
Wow! Great catch!
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08/07/2006 05:55:05 AM
well executed! both the billiards shot and the camera shot.
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08/07/2006 01:14:19 AM
I like the shot and composition, the only thing hurting you here IMHO is that the tonal range seems a bit flat.
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