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Challenge: Stopped Motion III (Advanced Editing IV)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: Venice Beach, CA
Date: Aug 6, 2006
Aperture: F/2.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Sports, Water
Date Uploaded: Aug 6, 2006


Place: 61 out of 212
Avg (all users): 5.9000
Avg (commenters): 5.8333
Avg (participants): 5.8500
Avg (non-participants): 5.9333
Views since voting: 800
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 200
Comments: 10
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/13/2006 05:13:22 PM
Would help to increase contrast?
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08/11/2006 04:56:08 PM
Returning for comments.

This image has lots of potential for improvement mainly because you did a lot of good things in camera. I love how the white foam splits the image diagonally and how the surfer is leaning back, which the composition supports nicely. The image is also very sharp and all in all the quality level is high.

As for it's potential I would suggest tweaking this in post some more. If this was a "studio setup" I would suggest getting some fill light on the subject but since it's not you can do this in post especially since this is an advance editing challenge. What I would do here is brighten the sufer a bit selectively using curves or the dodge tool. I'd also add more contrast to this using USM as a local contrast enhancement tool. The color could also be bumped up just a tad also.

Anyway, just some suggestions on how to make this stand out from the pack more. Really a nice capture. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/11/2006 03:17:33 PM
Good job of stopping the action here. I also want to say bravo on exposing the water properly. The surfer is coming into the image at a nice angle. This works very well, as does the natural line formed by the surf. Good luck in the challenge.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/11/2006 01:54:18 PM
nice idea, but a little soft. it works sompositionally, but is muted enough for me to think this would have been better as a bw.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/10/2006 12:24:53 PM
needs some contrast adjustments
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/09/2006 10:05:22 PM
A bit more contrast/levels maybe to make this pop. Does he have a mouthguard? Composition is very good; stopped motion is good as well.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/09/2006 06:35:49 PM
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08/08/2006 02:53:11 PM
i lovethe shot, i love the title. hope this does well!
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08/07/2006 05:17:12 PM
That is very cool ... I could feel the rush of the waves and the tension of the surfer. Top marks from me.
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