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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
Date: Aug 28, 2006
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/400
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2006

This was a lucky shot for me. I went to go take pictures of the Korean Friendship Bell at a nearby park, but the park was closing when I got there. Spotted these guys playing ball on my way out, and was able to snap a few pictures before the sun went down.

Post processing:
Neat image, Flipped canvas, Levels, selective color, cloned out a few distracting elements and added border.

Post Challenge: Wow, thank you all so much for the votes and the comments. This was by far a personal best, and I'm very excited about my first ribbon... don't know if I'll ever be able to duplicate this score but I'll have fun trying, LOL.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 684
Avg (all users): 7.3553
Avg (commenters): 8.1800
Avg (participants): 7.2773
Avg (non-participants): 7.6792
Views since voting: 13601
Views during voting: 504
Votes: 273
Comments: 104
Favorites: 79 (view)


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01/25/2013 09:34:10 AM
still my favourite shot on the site, after all these years. nothing's been better. crazy good.

Message edited by author 2013-01-25 09:34:39.
09/14/2006 05:18:13 AM
I missed the voting on this challenge, but you would have earned my 10. Great shot, what more can I say that hasn't already been said. Kudos.
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09/13/2006 01:42:09 PM
This is an amazing silhouette. Glad to see someone with the same camera as me snagging some ribbons. :)

The warm tones in the background are lovely and really help the soft silhouettes sink into a great context. The position of the sun could not have been better, either.
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09/12/2006 10:02:52 AM
Perfect composition! Lovely image!
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09/12/2006 06:54:36 AM
Absolutely superb. 10 out 10. Excellent combination of colors, light and action. Congratulations.
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09/12/2006 02:55:27 AM
Breathtaking beauty.
Great combintaion of the human figures and the fading sun.
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09/11/2006 01:45:02 PM
Great sunset . tones and crop is excellent . great work thanks for share
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09/11/2006 10:08:30 AM
impressive shot
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09/10/2006 11:35:13 PM
A masterful rendition with overflowing beauty! Congratulations on your RED.
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09/10/2006 02:08:59 PM
Should be a poster
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09/09/2006 06:58:07 PM
This is very nice! Great work and congratulations!
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09/09/2006 10:15:13 AM
Just beautiful!!! Great capture and a well deserved ribbon!!
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09/08/2006 09:45:12 PM
Congratulations. This was one of my favourites in this challenge.
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09/08/2006 06:20:48 PM
congratulations on your ribbon! very well deserved ribbon here. great job ;)

keep up the good work :)
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09/08/2006 01:56:33 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon. Excellent shot!
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09/08/2006 12:29:30 PM
its all about the angle of the hoop here. sillhouette, yeah yeah. sunset, yeah yeah. but that hoop and the curve in conjunction with everything else is just tops. It feels like the hoop is life-like bending down and over towards its pursuers.
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09/08/2006 12:24:14 PM
Originally posted by skiprow:

too bad this couldn't blue. one of the best shots in the history of the site.


Wow, thank you so much!
09/08/2006 12:19:43 PM
Wow, this is phenomenal. I really like it! I think this is the first picture I've ever seen that has more 10s than 9s too; that's saying something :-)
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09/08/2006 12:10:28 PM
Congratulations on your first ribbon! The colors and the silhouettes and dead-on perfect for this shot. Well done! :)
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09/08/2006 12:03:19 PM
I knew this beautiful shot would do well. Huge congrats on your red ribbon.
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09/08/2006 12:02:08 PM
it's great!! i like the color, the sun..
the momentum of the two people jumping is amazing.
and they jump right above the sun. great composition!!
congratulate on your ribbon.
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09/08/2006 11:40:44 AM
congratulations!''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

Great pic love it
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09/08/2006 11:15:27 AM
A stunning photo and well deserved ribbon - congratulations!
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09/08/2006 11:14:51 AM
This was one of my favorites in the challenge, so I'm glad it ribboned. Congrats Briana on your ribbon!
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09/08/2006 10:19:38 AM
Excellent timing and shot. My pick for "Blue" Great job. VAn
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09/08/2006 10:17:27 AM
This is a spectacular shot! Love it!
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09/08/2006 08:58:57 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Beautiful shot.
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09/08/2006 08:49:34 AM
Great shot and a well deserved ribbon (should have placed 1st!)
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09/08/2006 08:36:46 AM
this would have taken the blue in the Silhouette challenge. beautiful shot
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09/08/2006 08:28:07 AM
Send some of your luck my way. This is an amazing photo. Not sure how you did it with those camera settings but you nailed it. Favorites.
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09/08/2006 08:04:43 AM
Beautiful shot! Great timing. Congrats.
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09/08/2006 06:55:14 AM
way to go..an awesome shot...congrats!
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09/08/2006 06:44:17 AM
Beautiful shot! You should be very proud.
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09/08/2006 05:40:14 AM
too bad this couldn't blue. one of the best shots in the history of the site.
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09/08/2006 04:46:35 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!!
Excellent picture and compostion.
For me the sun is what makes the shot more memorable.
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09/08/2006 03:15:05 AM
Fabulous image
Congrats on your well deserved image
Great job!
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09/08/2006 02:46:57 AM
Congrats on the red, amazing shot!
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09/08/2006 01:08:52 AM
I already told you great shot - but I was thinking after reading your post -"I wonder if these two guys know that they got a ribbon?"

congrats
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09/08/2006 01:02:08 AM
Really beautiful image - congratulations on your red! LOVE the sky/sun.
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09/08/2006 12:32:42 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon, well done!
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09/08/2006 12:17:50 AM
Congrats on your first ribbon! The sun and colors are fantastic, not to mention capturing that perfect moment.
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09/08/2006 12:15:45 AM
Congratulations on a red, for this excellent silhouette.
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09/08/2006 12:15:38 AM
What terrific timing you have. Congrats.
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09/08/2006 12:13:48 AM
Pretty awesome, congratulations on your first ribbon!
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09/08/2006 12:13:42 AM
Wow! A truely awesome shot!!

P.S. 안녕하세요!
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09/08/2006 12:12:26 AM
congrats on 2nd!!! Awesome photo!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 10:54:41 PM
Though I have seen this same/similar shot done before, I applaud you on this shot, especially with the sun dipping below the horizon. The focal point of the two playing ball gives a happy feeling looking at this. Well done.
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09/07/2006 08:59:15 PM
Wow
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09/07/2006 08:46:00 PM
Love this. I could see this in a magazine. Excellent shot
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09/07/2006 02:44:57 PM
Nice capture. The silhouttes and sunset work amazingly together.
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09/07/2006 01:25:53 PM
This is an incredible silhouette and I really like the gradient effect in the sky as the sun goes down. The detail and action of the two players is great as is the unusual shape of the basketball net (at least I've never seen one like that). Bumping up!
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09/07/2006 01:22:54 AM
Spectacular shot. Not a voting point, but it seems an odd position for the players, though. Shouldn't the right-hand guy be trying to block the shot instead of facing the basket?
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09/06/2006 09:11:53 PM
wow, what a cool image. Outtake from the silhouette challenge perhaps? hehe
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09/06/2006 08:47:22 PM
Love the arc of the stand, what a great comp/frame.
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09/06/2006 07:14:17 PM
Beautiful silhoutte.
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09/06/2006 02:18:41 PM
Stunning silhouettes.
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09/06/2006 11:52:45 AM
here's a ribbon for sure!!! 10 from me. perfect in every way! fabulously phenomenal!
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09/06/2006 01:48:11 AM
amazing shot !
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09/05/2006 06:32:58 PM
brilliant!!
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09/05/2006 05:32:07 PM
Excellent composition. Love the sweep of the basketball stand and then the added benefit of the sun going down right under the guys. Brilliant
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09/05/2006 05:19:41 PM
Strong color tones and an excellently silhouetted composition. Great photograph!
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09/05/2006 03:33:49 PM
Great silhouettes, perfect sun.
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09/05/2006 01:08:13 PM
VERY nice. The color just blows my socks off
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09/05/2006 12:33:43 PM
wow another 10! i dont rate many this high.....am i looking at a winner...?
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09/05/2006 12:10:55 PM
Amazing image, very powerful. Great DOF and exposure. Seeing that the sun is so large, you must have been using a decently sized lens...great job on keeping the image sharp. One of my top rated images.
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09/04/2006 07:53:22 PM
too cool! 10
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09/04/2006 03:28:52 PM
What an image!!! Fantastic moment and great colors! (10)
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09/04/2006 02:36:49 PM
Very wow! This would also have been great for the silhouette challenge ;-)
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09/04/2006 04:43:34 AM
Great sun and sky, good composition and nice stop action. Good job all round!
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09/04/2006 01:30:59 AM
very very cool shot! Well done! 8
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09/03/2006 10:44:47 PM
Wow, awesome shot. 9
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09/03/2006 08:48:02 PM
Fantastic timing! I love everything about the sillohuettes including the outstretched fingers. I like that the setting sun is right at their feet. very cool shot!
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09/03/2006 08:35:09 PM
AMAZING Silhouette... this stood out from the thumbnails of all of them... and i just think its wonderful!!! Excellent job!!
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09/03/2006 07:31:54 PM
stunning. very beautiful. technically perfect for me. 10
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09/03/2006 06:57:16 PM
Definitely not your average sunset shot! Very nicely done -- great action and colors!
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09/03/2006 04:29:49 PM
Cool. I like the arc on the pole.
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09/03/2006 01:55:28 PM
Excellent silhouette shot enhanced but gorgeous colour gradients. Bumping up. Coming back to this and bumping up again. In fact, my first 10 and I've already voted 100%. Good luck!
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09/03/2006 08:48:02 AM
great design and silhouette moment to capture. the colours are great
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09/02/2006 05:24:08 PM
Nice silhouette
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09/02/2006 05:02:40 PM
That is a lovely silhouette. I imagine it came in a little too late to enter in the silhouettes challenge.
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09/02/2006 04:58:27 PM
Personally, I would have liked the photo better without the players and maybe a different object besides a basket ball stand. The colors are really, really nice. I'm you're photo will score well with others. Not that I don't like it, it's a great capture and perfect timing.
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09/02/2006 04:06:54 PM
Excellent composition and color. Slightly over-saturated I think, but still good.
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09/02/2006 01:24:54 PM
This is a very inspiring and well done photo. Well done (9)
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09/02/2006 11:25:54 AM
Love this one 7
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09/02/2006 09:59:49 AM
Great capture.
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09/02/2006 09:51:19 AM
great colors and impact.-9-
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09/02/2006 03:24:44 AM
good composition and nice colors
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09/01/2006 08:27:09 PM
Excellent! Beautiful. Try it without the goal. There's always an image within an image. This one will ribbon.
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09/01/2006 07:55:26 PM
I've seen this setup before a (couple of) year(s) ago. Great capture with that wonderful background gradation and freeze of the jump.
It looks slightly oversharpened but everything else is cool.
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09/01/2006 06:47:42 PM
definately a 10 ... just beautifull, and puts a distance between it and the rest... i hope uou get a ribbon for this
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09/01/2006 05:48:55 PM
there are alot of shots in the free study that own everything i saw in the silhouettes challenge, and this is one of them. 9
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09/01/2006 02:57:49 PM
very cool!
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09/01/2006 01:51:03 PM
Oh, this is awesome! I LOVE it!
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09/01/2006 01:42:08 PM
nice capture, the colors are great.
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09/01/2006 01:24:00 PM
This is very dramatic. It looks like it should be a billboard or a movie poster. Well done.
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09/01/2006 01:04:22 PM
Havent voted in Silhouettes but this would have done great there i'm sure. Should do very good here as well.
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09/01/2006 12:54:08 PM
Well done! I'm not sure about the little red border around the bodies, but that might just be my eyes... Would have been good for the Silhouette challenge!
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09/01/2006 12:29:29 PM
very nice composition 10 for me.
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09/01/2006 10:33:23 AM
Beautiful and stunning capture! Love how it all comes down to the shapes of the silhouettes that compliment all the elements and the lovely warm tones of golds, reds, and oranges. Love the action of the two men shooting hoops. I see so many curves in this composition the curve of the basketball hoop, the curve of the ball, and even the curve of the setting sun. The composition is wonderfully composed with the action of the two men jumping to get the ball and the sun (another sphere) resting right between them. Simple, beautifull and elegent in it's presentation I think this will easily be in the top 20 if not the top 5. Good work.
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09/01/2006 10:13:11 AM
Wonderful colors. Great silhoutte!
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09/01/2006 04:26:29 AM
I like this a lot! Seems to be needlessly oversharpened though...
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09/01/2006 01:48:36 AM
has to be a contender for a top 10 and even ribbon winner...superb...cannot fault it...this is my first 10 so far in the challenge
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09/01/2006 12:39:25 AM
wow,breathtaking, 10
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09/01/2006 12:32:10 AM
killer image 10
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