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1st PlaceBreak!

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Challenge: Action Shot (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Location: my basement
Date: Dec 30, 2003
Aperture: f11
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1.6
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Dec 30, 2003

I got a tripod for christmas and my sister was visiting with her brand new Cannon Digital Rebel, so I of course took the opportunity to try it out. I set this up on a timer and walked to the other end of the table to shoot the break once the shutter opened. I played with a few different setups, but I liked this one best, with the camera not much above the table height and the wide angle zoom. Since this was in my basement there was some background clutter so I burned the sides and made the background black instead.
I suppose I'll note that I think this shot will do pretty well, but I'm trying not to get my hopes up.

Place: 1 out of 97
Avg (all users): 7.7284
Avg (commenters): 8.5128
Avg (participants): 7.4000
Avg (non-participants): 7.9485
Views since voting: 16231
Votes: 162
Comments: 68
Favorites: 34 (view)

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08/16/2004 05:49:27 PM
Wow. You totally deserve that ribbon. That is an amazing shot. Way to go! That is so impressive! Rock on.
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07/09/2004 03:33:57 PM
This shot is not only impressive in its quality, but also in its danger factor. Danger to the camera, that is.

I don't know how many times I have seen a pool ball fly off of a table during a break in my days.

Great shot, if I had the balls (pun intended) I would attempt something very similar myself...
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01/17/2004 12:33:13 AM
This is one of the most impressive images I have ever seen on DPC. Congratulations on a well-deserved first place.
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01/16/2004 07:22:31 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon, this is a great shot.
01/13/2004 01:40:53 PM
Well, for someone with a 5.3 average score and previous high score of a 6.5 this is pretty awesome to have a first place shot with such a wild score. Thank you everyone for your comments (whether I marked them helpful or not, they were all appreciated).

Several people have asked about how this was done so I'll explain a little bit more than I did in my original comments. As I said I used a tripod with a timer and a 1.6 sec shutter speed. The table is a black felt table and I burned out everything in the background to minimize clutter and give it a crisp locationless feel.
The lighting is afternoon sunlight from one basement window off to the left of this shot. I didn't use any flash; the solid image of the balls in the rack is just from them being there for about half of the shutter length, and the black table not reflecting enough light to show through beneath them onced they moved. If you look closely at the 8 ball, you can see that the racking dot on the table did show through. It is because of the single light source that the glare on the balls produced the sharp lines showing where they traveled. I actually was walking through my basement one day and saw how the light from that window made the pool table look really intersting, so I grabbed my (sister's) camera and my tripod, since the light was way too low for handheld shots, and started shooting still life shots of it. Then I decided to have some fun and tried capturing a break. And when I saw how cool that one shot turned out I ended up spending an hour or so messing around with it trying to get everything just right.

I do slightly regret having moved after I shot the break. I didn't think about it at the time.

One thing that a number of people mentioned was that including the whole table might have been I good idea. I'd thought about it, and I appreciate people offering their thoughts for improvements, but in the end I stand by my decision to frame it as I did. In order to maintain the angle I used here, to include the entire table it would have had to be a panoramic shot, and the focus and action of the shot would have taken up significantly less of the overall shot. I also don't know if that would have been physically possible since there is a wall about the length of a pool cue away from the table, and I don't think I could have gotten wide enough to include everything. I could have also raised the camera up a bunch and switched to a vertical composition in order to fit the entire table in, but doing so would have turned the shot into a more clinical look from above at how the pool balls moved instead of a closer more involved perspective, which is what I wanted. The closer I could be the more impact I figured the shot would have, so I tried to get as close as possible while maintaining as much context of the table as possible, and I think this angle and zoom enabled a strong balance of the two.

As a fun side note, a 24x36 print of this is going on the wall by our pool table in our newly finished basement.

01/13/2004 11:36:45 AM
Superb idea dude - worked really well - nice lighting too.
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01/13/2004 08:23:23 AM
Awesome shot! I love it! Congrats!
01/12/2004 10:21:55 PM
Not only an interesting shot, but your other elements: lighting, composition, etc. all work well, too! Congratulations!
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01/12/2004 08:36:27 PM
Very nice shot!!

How did you get the table and background so black?

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01/12/2004 05:10:51 PM
congratulations, well deserved.
01/12/2004 11:54:41 AM
Congrats on the win.
01/12/2004 11:44:36 AM
Thoroughly deserved.
Another piece of great work
01/12/2004 09:50:44 AM
Trying not to get your hopes up, aye. I'm glad you did. This is absolutely spendid. You took a great deal of thought composing this shot, and it shows. Congratulations on your first place achievement.
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01/12/2004 09:09:58 AM
Congrats on the ribbon!!!
01/12/2004 07:11:56 AM
LOve this one! Great job!
01/12/2004 06:22:57 AM
Congrats, I knew this one was a winner.
01/12/2004 05:30:21 AM
Congrats for your marvelous photo.
01/12/2004 03:53:41 AM
Well done, great shot. Highest 300d score so far.
01/12/2004 12:15:13 AM
Good action capture. Congrats.
01/12/2004 12:10:27 AM
Congrats Jon, a well-deserved win!
01/12/2004 12:02:21 AM
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/11/2004 10:51:09 PM
nice shot, GREAT idea. 8
01/11/2004 09:17:45 AM
great shot. nice exposure
01/11/2004 04:35:29 AM
Very well done indeed. Might have preferred it with the whole end of the table in shot though, but a minor point.
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01/11/2004 01:15:58 AM
Damn that is soooo cool. This has GOT to be in the top 10 also. Awesome job, this is spectacular to look at!! 9.
01/10/2004 11:27:53 PM
Outstanding action shot.
01/10/2004 11:13:48 PM
This is neat, I've tried this before, it's fun, good job!
01/10/2004 09:46:21 PM
very well done!...ds
01/10/2004 08:39:17 PM
Definately cool. One of my favorites. I like how there was a little light reflecting on the balls to make the bright strips that follow the balls. Definately showing some action here, and although I'm not normally a fan of slow shutter speed (simply because it's rarely in interesting situations) I really do like this. And it's nice to see someone who actually knows how to rack. :)
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01/10/2004 08:26:21 PM
Very nicely done! I'm betting it took quite a few shots to pull this one off just right. Very impressive!
01/10/2004 10:40:34 AM
01/10/2004 04:12:40 AM
Great shot! Like the composition and how you manged to get the exposure fairly well on the non-moving and moving parts. Was probably hard to achiev. The lines coming from the reflections are just great. How many balls made it into a pocket?
A 9 from me
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01/09/2004 09:14:55 PM
Very dynamic. The angle that this was shot at makes the composition very interesting. Great longer exposure shot. Only thing maybe is to crop the bottom up to the wooden frame of the table.
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01/09/2004 03:27:26 PM
Looking forward to seeing how this was achieved.
Terrific capture
01/08/2004 10:59:37 PM
Wow how do you do that?
Awesome shot But thats so out of my boundry I dont know if thats good or not I think It is so will score you a 9
01/08/2004 06:47:24 PM
i was going to do this....
nice job
01/08/2004 06:41:17 PM
*stands up and applauds shot*
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01/08/2004 03:36:42 PM
ths is an awesome shot great idea!!!
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01/08/2004 12:00:40 PM
01/08/2004 10:04:18 AM
Wonderfully unique shot!
01/08/2004 04:55:50 AM
Excellent picture! One of the best in this challenge! - 9
01/07/2004 08:58:20 PM
Simply excellent shot! "10"
01/07/2004 08:35:49 PM
OK, pick a colour of your ribbon please.... This is amazing action shot. Colourful, great centred composition that works, clean, yet vibrant. Very well done.
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01/07/2004 03:04:22 PM
Amazing shot, how was it done? It seems like there was both zoom and movement combined to make it happen.
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01/07/2004 12:41:25 PM
Definitely one of my favorites of the challenge. I love the crispness of this shot, and the obvious action. Nice break, by the way! 10.
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01/07/2004 10:59:17 AM
Wow, wow,wow... it´s just a fantastic picture.... My favourite of this week. Congrats for a good work. 10
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01/06/2004 09:44:56 PM
Awesome shot... right on for the challenge...looks like the white ball took flight
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01/06/2004 08:32:30 PM
My favorite shot in this challenge. You have capture motion and action very well. I like how you exposed the racked balls sufficiently long so that the original position is apparent after the break. well done!
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01/06/2004 12:30:57 PM
Great idea and a very cool shot!
01/06/2004 12:33:46 AM
I can't vote on member challenges. However, I fully expect this image to ribbon. I'm currious about the lighting and exposure. Very nice work.
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01/05/2004 11:03:27 PM
Very well done. Wonderful action shot!
01/05/2004 08:30:04 PM
Wow! 10
01/05/2004 06:04:16 PM
Wow. I haven't seen a pool shot done this way before. It looks great = ) Only suggestion I have is to include the corners of the table in the foreground. Nice job
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01/05/2004 04:58:26 PM
This is a very good shot, i would have liked to have seen just the hand rather than the white clothes of the person taking the shot.
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01/05/2004 03:58:04 PM
This is an awesome shot. My favorite so far. The only complaint I have is I wish you would have been in position behind the table for the whole shot so that you body didn't look like a ghost. ie, you can see the table through your arm. Overall, Great shot!!!!.
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01/05/2004 03:46:24 PM
Beautiful light and color.
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01/05/2004 02:10:38 PM
this is an amazing shot. i cant wait to see how you did it.
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01/05/2004 01:40:09 PM
Awesome, one of the best "movement" shots I've seen. .:10:.
01/05/2004 12:07:56 PM
Excellent shot. Maybe too busy, but it definitely has a lot of action.
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01/05/2004 12:06:08 PM
I wanted to do this, but it would not have come out as good as yours. Good shot. The spot reflections that drew bright lines help make this better.
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01/05/2004 11:57:48 AM
Nice idea! like the "flare" lines from the shining balls. Maybe the crop could have covered the whole table, but that might take some "thunder" from the real subject? Nice
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01/05/2004 08:33:34 AM
I like the way the light on the balls tracks the path of each of the balls.
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01/05/2004 08:14:17 AM
Great idea, nice long exposure shot here.

Would have been nicer if we could have seen the whole table, and as a portrait shot.
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01/05/2004 07:59:39 AM
Great Job. 10. Morgan
01/05/2004 06:08:35 AM
stunning! A winning shot I think! 10
01/05/2004 04:49:06 AM
Cool shot! Vertical composition might have been a better choice to compliment the lenght of the table.
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01/05/2004 01:22:58 AM
This a nice shot. I think the colors are wonderful. The dark felt has a very nice effect. I have one serious technical issue; after the player breaks he leaves the shot so he became transparent. I don't understand at all why the shooter just didn't hold his position so his image would fully burn. Just a note on the pool player. Heavy backspin with a rounded tip will keep the cue-ball on the table, and give you a stronger break. 8.
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01/05/2004 12:58:16 AM
very cool, I will be looking forward to see how this was done...where did the lines come from? 9
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