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Off The Lip
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ScottK


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sports (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon PowerShot A40
Location: Oceanside Pier, Oceanside, CA
Date: Sep 10, 2003
Aperture: f/4.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/400 sec.
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2003

Took this picture off the Oceanside (CA) Pier. Zoom was at full telephoto, and I had a 2.4x teleconverter attached. Focus isn't real sharp, but its the best action shot I got. I thought I'd be able to work a little better with the image, but some issues, particularly sharpness, gave me some trouble. I hope I didn't oversharpen, but I wanted to make the surfer stand out and give a little depth to the water splashes and foam.

Post processing: used curves to adjust levels (using the Levels dialog caused too much shadowing in the face area), tweeked the cyan a bit with Selective color, saved and ran through NeatImage, primarily for sharpening, then loaded back in PS and resized & resharpened.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 79
Avg (all users): 7.5405
Avg (commenters): 8.8000
Avg (participants): 7.4340
Avg (non-participants): 7.6000
Views since voting: 5819
Votes: 148
Comments: 50
Favorites: 6 (view)


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03/09/2005 01:28:01 PM
Had to leave another comment here. This is an impressive image becaise of its clarity and then the capture of the critical moment of fun distress. Good wotk.

Message edited by author 2005-03-09 13:30:10.
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06/15/2004 10:33:05 PM
Very exciting shot with terrific water swirls.
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09/28/2003 08:40:20 PM
kickass, esp for a point and shoot!!! :)
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09/27/2003 12:07:28 AM
beautiful pic i love the water colors. a little too much shade, but excellent.
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09/24/2003 12:56:33 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. I couldn't vote, but this was one of my favs. in this challenge :)
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09/23/2003 04:52:49 PM
Great job! You are now Canon A40 master. Makes me want to start entering pictures again. You guys are getting too good for me though. Congrats!
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09/23/2003 09:10:48 AM
I have never known neat image for it's sharpness...for it's softening yes---but you pulled it off. I would not say that you oversharpened. Having taken photos like this--off that same pier even I would say you did an amazing job.
Well worth your win!
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09/23/2003 02:05:26 AM
When I lived in so. CA, I went surfing a lot. THis shot makes me homesick! Nice, dramatic photo.
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09/22/2003 03:30:50 PM
Wow! Great job Scott. Congrats on your first ribbon. When I get down on myself and start thinking that my A70 isn't good enough to compete here, I'll come back to this shot and the rest of your portfolio for inspiration.
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09/22/2003 01:02:28 PM
Awesome, and with an A40 too! There's me expecting a 10D with a big-ass zoom strapped to the front.
A reluctant well done 'cos I'm still jealous of how close you got ; )
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09/22/2003 12:03:20 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! A well deserved win. This is an excellent shot!
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09/22/2003 12:00:47 PM
i knew it, the surf did it all. congrats.
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09/22/2003 10:55:10 AM
This is such a beautiful image. Cheers!
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09/22/2003 02:43:02 AM
Fantastic shot!
Well Done Scott, you seem to be on a roll.
George
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09/22/2003 01:42:44 AM
Awesome shot!! Very impressive for a 2mp camera.
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09/22/2003 12:15:21 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Excellent shot
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09/22/2003 12:05:25 AM
Wow an A40 winning the sports challenge! Great shot, and to do it with a 1.9mp low-end camera is just amazing! Congratulations!
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09/22/2003 12:04:03 AM
Congrats on your Blue ribbon it is well deserved.
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09/22/2003 12:03:34 AM
wtf, second challenge and a blue!!!!!!! woooo! ' . substr('//www.hawkins.nu/gtchat/images/worship.gif', strrpos('//www.hawkins.nu/gtchat/images/worship.gif', '/') + 1) . '
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2003 08:57:29 PM
nice action shot - i like the timing of his move so that he's facing down. I don't see alot of surf shots...but I don't remember seeing one with the surfer "posed" like that - kudos for originality imo.
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09/21/2003 08:13:47 PM
nice image - the motion is all right there 8
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09/21/2003 07:24:22 PM
Sweet, best surfing shot in the bunch-- 9
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09/21/2003 06:12:37 PM
sweet shot focus light and action 9
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09/21/2003 04:45:09 PM
Cool, nice job getting closer to the action. I wish I could see more of the guys face, and that he was more at the peak of the action rather then being what looks at like the end of it. I like the redness of his shorts which draws your eye to him rather then anything else. I think cropping some off the top might have given it a little higher look because the water behind him looks flat.
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09/21/2003 03:45:45 PM
Great clarity and detail, excellent colours and tons of sports action! Excellent shot!
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09/20/2003 02:53:47 AM
nice shot! good focus. clear subject. nice stop action and color.9
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09/19/2003 08:58:38 PM
What a great shot - absolutely love the collors and the focus could not be better. I can't think of a single thing I could suggest to improve this - good luck in the challenge!
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09/19/2003 08:51:39 PM
next frame..faceplant. Great shot
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09/19/2003 04:24:11 PM
Excellent shot! Very well done....
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09/18/2003 09:50:06 PM
nice! I can hear the surf! focus is nice, exposure, too
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09/18/2003 06:17:22 PM
*Very* nice capture. You know exactly where he's gonna be in half a seconds time : )
I tried shooting surfers on holiday last week but even stood knee deep in the see I couldn't get close enough to get a shot like this. I'm jealous. A reluctant 10 ; )
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09/18/2003 11:58:31 AM
Nice detail of the action. The contrasts could be enhanced a bit.
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09/17/2003 06:01:26 PM
Doesn't meet the challenge. [1]



Yeah right! [9] Great capture, timing and composition. DOF could have been a bit longer and slightly faster shutter speed would make it perfect.
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09/17/2003 06:39:46 AM
Wow, wow, wow... I love it. No doubt, it´s just a brilliant shot...9
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09/16/2003 04:53:33 PM
right on! good luck.
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09/16/2003 01:52:42 AM
Wonderful action shot.
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09/16/2003 01:32:47 AM
Wow....good shot! I love all the wave action...so closeup and personal....I can almost feel the ocean spray.....good job...
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09/16/2003 12:28:36 AM
Action-10,light-9,composition-10,dof-10,contrast-10,10 from me!
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09/15/2003 11:04:04 PM
I like the close up effect hope surfer is ok 9
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09/15/2003 09:02:44 PM
Wow, NICE SHOT! 9
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09/15/2003 07:30:18 PM
Wow! That's right in there. Nice
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09/15/2003 05:33:27 PM
Very good pic! Love the texture of the sea and the great timing! - 9
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09/15/2003 05:05:45 PM
less "artsy" than a couple of the other surfing shots, but *definitely* more fun. I like this a lot.
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09/15/2003 12:32:21 PM
Great capture. Wonderful composition
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09/15/2003 10:26:54 AM
Fantastic! Wonderful light, color, focus and ACTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great.
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09/15/2003 10:16:13 AM
great action. good capture.
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09/15/2003 09:58:11 AM
The sharpness is really what makes this stand out. It's very clear, the capture of action is superb, and the composition works well. He's in a position where it also makes you wonder if he's going to take a nosedive into the water at any second. It tells a story but also makes you want to know what happened next. Something that a sports shot in a newspaper/magazine would encourage people to read in an accompanying article. Very nicely shot.
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09/15/2003 09:23:18 AM
Superb 10 Morgan
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09/15/2003 12:33:20 AM
Incredible...so far you have the best photo of this contest! Way to go!! Great action shot, good colors, excellent clarity! Predict a ribbon here...
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09/15/2003 12:32:36 AM
Great shot..love the textures in the water.
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