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Challenge: Sports III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D50
Location: Northfield, MN
Date: May 3, 2007
Aperture: 1:4.2
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Date Uploaded: May 7, 2007

Taken during Day 1 of the MIAC Decathalon championships. This challenge fell at the perfect time, I always take hundreds of pictures at this competition.

I wish the light was less drab on this, the day was pretty overcast and I was shooting almost directly into the sun. I got a few with great golden afternoon light the couple times the sun peeked out, but I couldn't pass up this angle for my entry.

This is actually a relatively low height for him, as you can see by the huge amount of clearance. He went on to place third in the event, jumping 1.87m (about 6'1 1/2"). Was the only jumper to lay his head back so I could get his face from this angle, which is my favorite part of this shot. Thanks, Jason (also happens to be my fiance).

Place: 90 out of 230
Avg (all users): 5.7427
Avg (commenters): 6.2500
Avg (participants): 5.8133
Avg (non-participants): 5.7023
Views since voting: 595
Views during voting: 292
Votes: 206
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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05/17/2007 01:56:36 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club.

Hi Shanna,

This sure satisfies the challenge - nice stopped action here. you've managed to capture a really interesting, enaging pose that garbs the viewers attention, and holds those few seconds while they are voting. This is technically very sound - you've stopped the motion with a fast shutterspeed, and kept the apperature closed enough for your required DOF. The main points I would make have already been covered by both yourself and the other commentors. The drab sky isn't attractive, but you could have mitigated this with a closer crop. Indeed a much closer crop could have removed much of the distracting elements in the frame, such as the other people, the metal, etc. And of course a bit of USM on Jason would have help make him pop out from the busy trees behind him.

It is my hope that these insights are helpful and constructive. Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this critique. And please remember to mark it "Helpful" if you found it so. Good luck with future challenges.

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/13/2007 08:44:23 PM
would consider cropping out the metal on the bottom - other than that, a great shot
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05/10/2007 10:49:25 PM
A horizontal crop would have made this a great shot. As its cropped now there are many background distractions. Still a nice entry and great timing.
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05/10/2007 12:49:16 PM
Plus: Nice stop motion capture
Minus: A tighter crop would have improved the overall impact of the image
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05/10/2007 10:52:53 AM
Points off for DoF but otherwise a great action capture
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05/09/2007 05:52:33 PM
what a nice timing! Great capture.. imo would have worked better if the crop was closer and the DOF was shallower. Nice shot still!
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05/09/2007 02:03:51 PM
I think had you just cropped the jumper it would be cool but the jumper looks a little soft.
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05/09/2007 03:20:35 AM
Great shot, love the effect of the subject appearing to look at the camera. Possibly could do with a crop to lose the metal struts of the landing mat
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05/09/2007 12:17:05 AM
Love it. Really quite funny that he is looking at the camera
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