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Shanna Flips Over Gymnastics!
Shanna Flips Over Gymnastics!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Statesboro Mall in Statesboro, Georgia, USA
Date: Aug 5, 2006
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/750
Galleries: Family, Sports
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006

cropped, resized, enhanced contrast/lighting/saturation, layers with B/W & Sepiatone @ various percentages & Shanna with spotlight effect, USM. Shanna loves to "Go pul-lay! (i.e. "Play!" which is what we call gymnastics right now. I want her to have fun & learn to exercise at an early age. It's going well on both counts. (Shanna turns three on September 12.)
The last commenter during the contest "nailed" the issue. I confess it's a terrible job of post-process. This is one of those times when I would ask for a "Mulligan." As artists are so fond of noting, "Even Monet could destroy a fine Monet with one more stroke!"
I would have had a much better entry if I had taken the shot straight from the camera to the challenge with resizing as my only change. My intent was to create one of those photos so many of the rest of y'all are so capable of doing. Background of B/W or Sepia or some variation of muted coloration with the subject set apart by strong focus & strong colors.
However, I still have much to learn about Photo Shop, and admittedly... photography in general. If I have any real plus+es going for me right now, one would have to be my ability to appreciate good photography connected with my drive to learn all I can as quickly as I can to create my own high-quality photos as soon as I can.
My ability to appreciate is seen in how many times I have personally given "10"s to the Gold, Silver, Bronze medal winners in the challenges. Now, if I purchase that Pro Digital SLR in the next couple of months, those same winners should "be very afraid!" <:-7 (:-D Stan

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 09:32:46 PM
So the spectators look real, why does the subject look like pixelated plastic? Low lighting really took it's toll with this image. Or poor post-processing?
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08/11/2006 01:32:56 PM
I think this could have been a real good image if taken from a lower perspective and more zoomed in on her (I know that is not always possible). All the people and clutter in the background detract from the image.
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08/11/2006 09:49:43 AM
nice idea, but really needs work. it's way too soft and way too muted. not really sure what to make of the coloration, except to say it doesn't really grab me.
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08/09/2006 04:05:00 PM
Cute. Wish it wasn't so grainy. Did you use a high ISO setting or something to use the natural lighting? Future Olympian? ;^)
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08/08/2006 10:06:26 PM
Let me preface by saying that I know the lighting in these gymnastics clubs tends to be uniformly horrible and beyond the photographer's control. That said, the composition with her rolling towards the tube is nice, but the image just looks too overprocessed because of all the noise reduction applied either in camera or in post proccessing. The apparent high ISO has also resulted in a very desaturated image with odd colors. Since the colors are already so muted, I'd suggest trying this as a B&W and maybe even leaving some of the noise to simulate film grain and allow some detail to be retained. Finally, some of the bright white shirts in the background should be darkened by burning them in in post processing to keep them from distracting the eye from the main subject of the gymnast.
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08/07/2006 08:10:21 PM
A little grainy and the lighting is a bit dim
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