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The Sideline Coach
The Sideline Coach

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Challenge: Sports (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7i
Location: Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA
Date: Sep 13, 2003
Aperture: f 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Black and White, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Sep 13, 2003


Place: 67 out of 79
Avg (all users): 4.5400
Avg (commenters): 4.8333
Avg (participants): 4.1091
Avg (non-participants): 4.7895
Views since voting: 988
Votes: 150
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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09/26/2003 06:48:20 PM
Anna, I just sent you that last PM ... and so whose shot do I get to write about ...?

I think this is a hugely misunderstood shot: certainly the best of yours that I've commented on. Before I say anything else about it, i think it's worth noticing who's said good things about it and who hasn't from the comments list: and then looing at the quality of thier own shots. Intersting comparisons there :-)

Two things: the emptiness of the stands behind the 'mother' character: suggesting, deliberately or not, that everyone else has long gone, and in her anxiety for her sons' perfprmance she is still working at things: bith an encouraging and a slightly frightening suggestion. The kid's own expression - at first glance a big smile, but on closer examination perhaps slightly forced, slightly uncomfortable with te level of concentration, suggesting that he's just having fun, and not happy with the determination and drive in (presumably) his mother's opinions.

The fence just adds to that atmophere of separation. Great work.

Obviously there aretechnical elements that could have been improved: focus particularly, and perhaps the figures could have been brought slightly more strongly into the frame; the boy particularly appears almost to have crpet out of the composition. but set aginst that the impression that if they were so ideally placed, a lot of the candid nature of the image would have beeen sacrificed, and with that a lot of the quality of genuine observation that goes with it. In many ways, it serves to add feeling to the image.

Ber good, and keep shooting :-)


 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2003 03:12:33 PM
This photo is interesting (I love the expressions), but I'm afraid I can't quite see how it qualifies as a sports image.
09/19/2003 10:24:21 PM
There's something off about this picture, I think it is the focus, but also maybe there is too much contrast? I'm not sure if thats what it is but it is a good captured moment in time. Not a lot of action here, and truthfully if it wasn't for the kids jersey I wouldn't necessarily think that this was sports.
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09/18/2003 10:18:13 PM
focus soft, facial expressions don't seem to match
09/18/2003 05:39:44 PM
One of those photos I really like but can't put my finger on why I do.
Lacking sharpness? Who cares. Great shot.
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09/18/2003 02:11:47 PM
I like the vibe of this photo. A bit fuzzy though...
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09/17/2003 05:51:35 PM
Little bit too soft, but a good scene. I'm not sure that mono is right though, unless compensating for poor colour.
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09/17/2003 02:49:17 AM
There is an interesting moment captured here, despite the few technical drawbacks of the shot. Though the subject of most shots is the on-field action, this unusual perspective gives us a glimpse into action on the periphery of sports.
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09/15/2003 11:28:24 PM
Looks a little blury. Nice B&W toning however.
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09/15/2003 09:16:29 PM
Good idea, but the picture is too soft
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09/15/2003 06:05:45 PM
For focus on the woman, she needs to be in muc better focus. The composition is nice.
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09/15/2003 05:38:04 PM
Nice pic, it is a bit blurry though...
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09/15/2003 04:10:47 AM
bit blurry. and doesn't show a sport as such.

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