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Foul Ball
Foul Ball

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Challenge: Sports III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II
Location: Baseball Field
Date: May 4, 2007
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 100
Shutter: 500
Date Uploaded: May 4, 2007

My Brother had a Baseball Game and i went

Natural Lighting using my 50mm that i just picked up

Place: 138 out of 230
Avg (all users): 5.3911
Avg (commenters): 4.1111
Avg (participants): 4.9277
Avg (non-participants): 5.6620
Views since voting: 518
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 225
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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05/16/2007 11:47:51 AM
by karmat

Compositionally, I like how the ball is "anchored" in the lower left, but it is cropped much to close, I think. While I don't necessarily feel that the entire subject has to be in the frame, you have cropped just a bit out and that makes it look accidental. Also, the ball is almost on the mid-line, horizontally, so if it could have been dropped in the lower 1/3 of the frame, I also think it would have made it a slightly stronger image.

Technically, the shallow dof works very well here to isolate the subject and add interest to the shot. The background *seems* tilted, but it is difficult to tell because it is indistinguishable as to what it is I'm seeing. Also, a bit of saturation and contrast boost may really help this shot to *pop.*

Overall, I do think the shot conveys "sports" but it doesn't cover the 'action' part of it well. While this ball may have been on the very verge of being scooped up and thrown to the pitcher, there is nothing to indicate that. So, perhaps a little "action" would have helped. Also, when a shot is stationery, voters tend to feel that it should be almost perfect technically, they do seem a bit more forgiving with action shots.

If I need to further clarify or explain myself, please feel free to contact me.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2007 06:12:17 PM
good shot, might lack a little contrast. 6
05/12/2007 10:30:38 AM
Good close up although loosing a little more foreground to the crop would improve it imo.
05/10/2007 08:56:20 PM
Too much of the picture is blurry...
05/09/2007 11:02:16 AM
IMHO a bit undereexposed, and does not convey sports to me, it's just a ball.
05/09/2007 10:11:36 AM
great DOF usage.
05/09/2007 08:43:19 AM
Despite being a nice photograph, this entry does not fall within the parameters of this weeks challenge. That being said, I must judge this photograph accordingly. :-(
05/09/2007 01:10:49 AM
very nice photo, but no action (which was asked for in the challenge).
05/09/2007 12:39:59 AM
could have been more creative, IMHO
05/09/2007 12:18:20 AM
Nice macro but not sure about the title

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