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Challenge: Transportation II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 28-200 f/3.5 - 5.6 USM
Location: Lake Eufaula, Alabama
Date: Aug 5, 2006
Aperture: f/14.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500 sec.
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 8, 2006

Taken on vacation with some friends at Lake Eufaula, Alabama.

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Place: 116 out of 283
Avg (all users): 5.3948
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 5.3590
Avg (non-participants): 5.4129
Views since voting: 684
Views during voting: 311
Votes: 233
Comments: 6
Favorites: 0

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08/16/2006 01:43:25 PM
Hello from the Critique Club,

I remember thinking when I voted on this image that it would fit better in the Action Shot II category then it did Transportation. The reasoning behind my thinking was that the boat pulling the skier had more to do with the mode of transportation than the fact that the skier wasn't using skies. With that in mind, I still liked the shot and considered the image as meeting the challenge, but just not strongly. I would guess from the number of 1, 2, and 3 scores you received that not all of the voters were as liberal in interpreting the challenge as I.

As for the image itself, there are a couple of technical shortcomings that may have had a negative affect on your score as well. First, the skier is placed a little too close to the center of the image. If the image had more of the towrope showing and less of the water behind the skier, the rope would have been a much stronger leading line to the main subject, the skier. Second, the image is a bit flat and could use more contrast and saturation to give it more depth and pop. With the red tonality of the skin, you might need to do some selective saturation to boost the pop factor. I would start with boosting the blue saturation then try green and maybe magenta.

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique.


Edit: Typo

Message edited by author 2006-08-16 14:06:42.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/14/2006 09:47:43 AM
Amazing foot action.
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08/14/2006 09:33:52 AM
Looks like he's about to laugh from "tickly-feet-syndrome"
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08/13/2006 11:54:37 PM
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08/13/2006 05:29:56 PM
Nice clarity, great action and the lighting though a bit harsh has been controlled well for the most part. I do wish more was available for the man's face but what can ya do! Looks like he's having a blast, nice capture. I gave a 6
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08/09/2006 08:39:17 PM
Similar photo was in action challenge. It always amazes me these kinds of abilities. I like the water going back of the guy... 8
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