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I Believe I Can Fly
3rd PlaceI Believe I Can Fly
cools98


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sports III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Logan, UT
Date: May 8, 2007
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/1250
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: May 8, 2007

Post voting:
Wow! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you all for your votes and comments. I'm so happy to finally have a ribbon. It's kind of funny. I don't ever take action shots like this. This was totally a last minute idea, and a stretch at that. I just can't believe it did as well as it did. During voting I kept hovering between 7.0 and 7.2, and figured I would get top 10, but a ribbon was just a hope and a dream. Now it is reality! Excellent! Again, thank you all for your high votes and your comments too!

Pre-voting:
Couldn't come up witn any "traditional" sporting events, so this morning I tried to go out with a buddy and take photos of him fly fishing. Well, I need more practice with that to have a better idea of where to stand and when to shoot. So, at the last minute I drove down to the local skate park and shot some kids for an hour or so. This was the best of the bunch in my opinion.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 230
Avg (all users): 7.1422
Avg (commenters): 7.7200
Avg (participants): 7.3250
Avg (non-participants): 7.0414
Views since voting: 7235
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 225
Comments: 56
Favorites: 11 (view)


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05/23/2007 09:45:48 PM
Brilliant capture. Congrats!
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05/21/2007 12:01:28 AM
This is an amazing photo, and to see it taken in Utah just makes me feel even better! lol! Fantastic job and congrats on the ribbon! Well deserved!
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05/20/2007 10:36:24 PM
i REALLY love the really discreet processing on this one, its very real in the moment and not all flashy and artificially colored. fantastic!
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05/20/2007 10:38:15 AM
Love this one and the light is great! Congrats!
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05/19/2007 10:10:43 PM
Super and so dynamic in motion. Congratulations on your Yellow.
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05/19/2007 12:13:03 PM
Very good image. This is another one that I hoped would win something. Great job! I believe I gave this one a 9 if I recall. I didn't give any 10's and only two other 9's so you were definitely at the top of my voting curve. Excellent Work!
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05/18/2007 08:27:23 AM
Outstanding shot and VERY ribbon worthy.
A real middle finger to the people who voted it 3 and 4 ;)
The subject isolation is perfect.
Oustanding focus, colour and light.
Usually I'd say " It's a shame you cant see the look on their face " in skating shots, but this pose is spot on !
Congrats !
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05/17/2007 04:47:24 PM
That lens is just so freaking awesome, I have one and it never leaves my camera these days!

great shot. well done.
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05/16/2007 11:13:00 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Wow! Nice shot. I'm not sure that I can tell you anything to improve this shot, it stands on its own fairly well.

I do think there are some elements that work together, though, to make this a good shot.

First, the focus is right on. The colors are rich and the details in the skater are clearly present. Also, having the skater in the top of the frame, adds to the feeling of "big air" that this shot portrays. And, subtlely, the slope of the half-pipe (is that the right term?) gives even more motion and action to the shot.

You have done a fine job, and this is an excellent shot.

Karma
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05/16/2007 08:04:07 PM
See what happens when you switch over to Canon gear? RIBBON!
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05/16/2007 07:11:39 PM
Congrats Scott. Very deserving. I love the skater's posture and anticipation of landing his jump.
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05/16/2007 05:07:18 PM
congrats on your first ribbon...highly deserved. This is a great shot
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05/16/2007 04:40:58 PM
Great Capture!! Copngratulations on the Ribbon! Fantastic Work!
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05/16/2007 01:14:00 PM
FROZEN IN AIR ---The quality of this is awesome and flawless!! Congrats on winning this!!
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05/16/2007 11:03:15 AM
nice! congratulations on receiving your first ribbon! beautiful composition. i love the color!
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05/16/2007 10:41:59 AM
Super shot, so crisp and clear. Lovely colours too. Congrats on your yellow ribbon.
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05/16/2007 09:39:36 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/16/2007 09:38:57 AM
Dude!!!! Sweet!!! :)

Message edited by author 2007-05-16 09:39:28.
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05/16/2007 09:04:21 AM
Looks a little out of place on your profile page with your other highest rated photos. ;-)

Very nice photograph...congratulations on winning the yellow ribbon!
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05/16/2007 08:11:46 AM
Great shot Scott!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!!
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05/16/2007 06:48:20 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/16/2007 04:22:08 AM
CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT!!
WHAT A GERAT SHOT!!
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05/16/2007 03:59:23 AM
Thats a really nice capture - Congrats on your ribbon
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05/16/2007 03:08:07 AM
congrats on the yellow!
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05/16/2007 01:53:45 AM
congrats on a fine image
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05/16/2007 01:29:02 AM
Great shot man. Congrats.
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05/16/2007 12:55:01 AM
Congrats on the yellow. Nice stop action and dof.
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05/16/2007 12:21:56 AM
Scott, Woo Hooo!!! Way to GO! You still have time to win ribbons while posting all those great black and whites! This is AWESOME!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!

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05/16/2007 12:03:25 AM
Great capture of youthful fun. Congrats on your first ribbon and new personal best score!
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05/16/2007 12:03:16 AM
Wow! Congratulations! This is amazing.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/15/2007 05:02:25 PM
thats a great capture and i like the colors too =)
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05/14/2007 09:45:05 AM
I didn't even read your title and the first thing I thought was "perfect capture of flight". Well done.
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05/14/2007 01:57:52 AM
Very nice stop action and depth of field. Cropping would have been nice.
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05/13/2007 11:08:36 PM
Great stop action. NICE job.
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05/13/2007 07:13:51 AM
nice action shot, well captured, nicely balanced, good colours......if the background was just more outta focus (shorter f-stop) it would brilll.........nice one dude!
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05/12/2007 09:29:37 PM
Wow, what a move! and he looks so young and unprotected. I really like the composition with the subject hanging over that curved line sweeping down to the lower right corner. Perfect focus and DOF, and very pleasing, natural colors. 10
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05/12/2007 08:03:07 PM
Nice capture, although it does look a bit like he could be sitting on that projection on the left fro this angle.
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05/12/2007 07:47:33 PM
Very nice shot. I love the focus, light, lines, and the moment you captured. I can't decide if seeing his face would improve this or not.
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05/12/2007 02:20:08 AM
Good picture, but the angle looks like he's sitting on the edge of the bench. Good DOF and frozen motion. With no padding I hope he doesn't fall.
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05/10/2007 11:31:17 PM
I like the lighting and the focus is dead on with this shot. I just wish I could see his face in the shot as well.
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05/10/2007 10:11:38 PM
wow, nice shot. Skateboarding shots are pretty hard to capture due to such fast paced action. He looks young...must be good.
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05/10/2007 06:14:16 PM
Great title, motion and clarity
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05/10/2007 03:34:22 PM
Very, very nice. Not much to complain about, the only thing would be the background around the kids bum, I'd like less of it ;)
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05/10/2007 11:44:21 AM
Great focus, Great action! 7
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05/10/2007 11:38:48 AM
frozen very nicely. The harshish light actually works in this shot. I'd even think about a B&W treatment since the colors are not strong. 8
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05/10/2007 10:41:20 AM
great shot- good focus, frame, and background
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05/10/2007 09:06:43 AM
Amazing. Not only is that kid crazy, but you captured such a great moment. Love the tones of the pavement matching his skin tones. Great touch. Great shot.
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05/10/2007 06:45:58 AM
Great shot! Like the DOF :) 8!
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05/10/2007 01:12:51 AM
love it
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05/09/2007 06:34:55 PM
Great capture. Good detail and nice DOF.
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05/09/2007 06:04:13 PM
Great shot. The light on and focus on him really makes him stand out against the plain background. Composition is great.
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05/09/2007 03:43:28 PM
excellent, I really like the clarity
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05/09/2007 02:01:57 PM
nice shot
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05/09/2007 04:31:39 AM
awesome...a fantastic use of depth of field...there's great anticipation and drama in the shot...well done...makes me hold my breathe! 9
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05/09/2007 03:52:34 AM
Cool stop action shot, i like the lighting. This guy looks really young.
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05/09/2007 01:49:58 AM
nice dof, focus, compositon.....
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