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Riding the Wind
Riding the Wind

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Challenge: Free Study XIII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Shawnee, OK
Date: Sep 16, 2006
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: auto
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Sports, Transportation
Date Uploaded: Sep 28, 2006

Crop, resize, curves, warming filter 25%, Shadows/Highlights, Neat Image, USM, SFW.

As it is, I was trying to capture the thrill of kite riding(even though it isn't in shown). I thought the strings and grips were enough to convey that.

After challenge:

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Place: 496 out of 615
Avg (all users): 5.0160
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 4.9527
Avg (non-participants): 5.2500
Views since voting: 696
Views during voting: 264
Votes: 188
Comments: 11
Favorites: 0

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10/08/2006 12:25:41 PM
The technicals: The strongest points of this picture are the composition (excellent) and the focus (nicely sharp). See more below on the composition. The weakest point on this shot, and the one that easily kept you from a higher score is the bleached out grass dominating the shot. It is likely a product of shooting midday and perhaps there's nothing you can do about that (ummm, excuse me, can you come back 90 minutes before sunset?). Lowering the midtones may have helped or even converting to B&W where the tone may have actually worked to your advantage. The flag is somewhat distracting. I may have ditched it, but I would have been nervous about doing so...(who knows where that line is these days).

The feel: As mentioned, the composition is strong. There is a distinct feeling of action and this is accentuated by the diagonal lines.

The game: Not much to add. A reasonable selection for a Free Study. Has some unusualness to it. I think it was the grass that almost exclusively kept you from a better score.
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10/08/2006 03:42:51 AM
Critique Club Review:

Focus and depth of field are good. Color, saturation and hue are done well. Brightness is a bit overdone, highlights on the helmet are burned out and shirt is getting close.

I think the two biggest problems here are shutter speed, action is completely stopped; and no kite. A bit of motion blur would have emphasized the action. As is, the picture comes across a bit static, and frozen. Like other commmenters I would have liked to have seen the kite. If you are familiar with the sport, you understand what is going on in this picture. If not, then you are left out of the story. This would be a good picture as a part of an illustrative series, as in a magazine article. However, as a stand alone shot I feel that it doesn't tell enough of the story.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/05/2006 04:26:07 PM
What kite's he flying. I buggy and board in the UK! Flexifoil Rule!
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10/05/2006 04:24:26 AM
unfortunately, I just don't find this shot very compelling
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10/04/2006 06:37:26 AM
I like the idea here but as a spectator it leaves me to wonder, what in the world is he hanging on to (Yes, I know what he is hanging on to)? I would have maybe liked to have seen this photo taken at a wider angle possibly displaying the entire get-up. I'm assuming the kite or chute would have had some nice colors in it.(?) Good luck with the Challenge!!!
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10/02/2006 09:09:25 PM
this is ok.. not a fabulous image with the wow factor needed to score high 5
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10/02/2006 07:22:05 PM
Looks like kite fun.
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10/01/2006 07:59:23 PM
Nice action. Could be a little sharper and seems a little overexposed; however, somewhat appropriate for this type of action.
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10/01/2006 05:16:03 PM
Neatly done action shot.
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10/01/2006 10:21:22 AM
all about the subject. love it. 9
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10/01/2006 06:07:43 AM
Nice motion catpure here...
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