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Challenge: Triumph (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 EX APO IF HSM for Canon
Location: The Falkirk Stadium
Date: Jul 28, 2007
Aperture: F5
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Sports, Emotive
Date Uploaded: Jul 30, 2007

Falkirk v Ajax
Image desaturated using channel mixer.
Highlight tool used to reduce over exposure.
Image sharpened and cropped.

I truly wish I hadn`t overexposed this image as it meant I couldn`t get detail back in the highlight areas made worse by the fact that it was Basic editing and I couldn`t use burning to rectify it.
I know it`s going to get hammered for that..but it`s going in anyway.
Update
Genuinely surprised that this got anywhere near a Ribbon but also delighted that when the Challenge theme fits ..a "footy" shot can deliver.
This was my first day with the new camera body and new Sigma lens (which, incidentally is now back with Sigma being recalibrated).There was extra pressure applied by the fact that the Dutch press had asked for a few "originals" to be mailed over directly after the game.Being determined to avoid underexposure, I had the camera set for what was a predominantly dull afternoon (weatherwise.)I had to constantly monitor and occasionally alter the settings for the odd time that the sun broke through and as luck would have it, it decided to put in an appearance as I was shooting the goal and celebration..no time to stop and change, just capture and worry about it afterwards.I have to say the elation I was feeling at my team beating the Dutch Giants was more than enough to counter any worries about the exposure (at the time) but that depression kicked in the following day as I sorted through the match pics.

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Got to be the worst original I`ve ever considered for a Challenge submission !!

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 80
Avg (all users): 7.1730
Avg (commenters): 7.9000
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Views since voting: 6059
Views during voting: 381
Votes: 237
Comments: 52
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09/12/2007 09:19:28 AM
Congratulations on 1st with this strong emotive capture.
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08/12/2007 06:57:56 PM
congrats on that win on Ajax in the first place

this catch is so interesting and overwhelming i didnt notice even the overexposures for awhile
i can relate to your depression ha
i cant stand overexposures myself but the image apparently is strong enuff to make me forget about that
somehow your sportphotos always show tru the love for this game
and thats good
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08/11/2007 12:43:43 PM
How TOTALLY inspiring that it is possible to have a great image that may not be technically perfect and turn it into an extraordinary, award winning photo! My hat is SO off to you!! Congratulations on a very well deserved blue ribbon!

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08/11/2007 06:29:11 AM
Congrats Gordon !

You are the first photographer I chose when I discovered DPC and I'm very pleased to see you ribboning again !
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08/10/2007 05:49:01 PM

Blue ribbon? Whoo Hooo
Well deserved.
I knew that this was your shot (well hoped)
Being only 50 odd miles away i reconised the teams!
It's a fantastic capture and i hope it teaches all of us not to throw images away that are not perfect before the PP.
Keep up the good work.
Need an assistant?

Kev
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08/10/2007 03:28:04 PM
Hey Gordon,
Great shot and congrats,nice to see you up there in the ribbons again.
Paul.
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08/10/2007 11:37:53 AM
In the end, the universe corrected the challenge and pushed this up to the blue where it belonged. Grats again!!!
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08/09/2007 02:00:50 PM
GREAT shot!
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08/09/2007 09:44:52 AM
yea ! congratz ... i gave this a 10 and was right :-)
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08/08/2007 06:33:14 PM
Originally posted by adrian45:

I wondered how the Dutch Press liked the shots - hope nothing nasty happened - you must be a seasoned pro though, so they will understand it was a technical blip.


Thanks for the comment Adrian..in answer to above,only a small amount of shots on the day were overexposed..so I had a large amount to choose from when selecting for the press.
I mainly shoot for the team`s website www.falkirkfc.co.uk and the matchday magazine..only very occasionally am I asked to supply the press.The whole thing is a hobby and I`m far from being a Pro.

I have shot in Raw previously and knew of it`s benefits with returning detail into blown highlights but never found much advantage to it in terms of keeping noise out of enlargements with underexposed shots but maybe that`s down to my lack of knowledge on the technical side of things..I am considering shooting in Raw once more and doing a bit of research into getting the best out my camera..hadn`t heard of DxO until you mentioned it and I`ll certainly look into that.

Thanks again.
Gordon
08/08/2007 06:01:32 PM
Gosh, Gordon - nice retouch. Well deserved result!

I wondered how the Dutch Press liked the shots - hope nothing nasty happened - you must be a seasoned pro though, so they will understand it was a technical blip.

I find with shooting Raw that I can get away with a fair bit of underexposure, and use DxO to help bring zap into flattish contrast situations - it does a better job than I can - do you have a favourite way to deal with over/under exposure?
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08/08/2007 05:07:43 PM
You have captured a great moment, excellent! Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/08/2007 01:53:50 PM
Gongratulations Gordon on a well deserved ribbon.

Mike

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08/08/2007 11:41:29 AM
Wow - you did a fantastic job with processing this! Thanks for showing the original, very interesting. The b/w conversion is gorgeous here. Congrats on your ribbon!
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08/08/2007 09:04:35 AM
Not only did you include the triumphant, but also the defeated...congratulations on winning the red ribbon!
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08/08/2007 07:19:44 AM
Thanks to all who took the time to vote and comment..very much appreciated.

Gordon
08/08/2007 06:43:30 AM
gee, gord, nice way to break in a new body ;-)

big gratz, dude! killer shot!!
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08/08/2007 06:32:06 AM
Great shot again Gordon. Nice to see you bag another ribbon

Steve
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08/08/2007 05:23:24 AM
Who cares for exposure, anyway? Great emotional shot and deserved ribbon!
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08/08/2007 01:24:50 AM
Beat out by a dnmc lol. What a site.

This is a kick ass shot, you really nailed it. Great work, and grats!
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08/08/2007 12:57:29 AM
great capture, G! i'm so happy to see you back on the front page. *hugs*
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2007 11:12:51 PM
Outstanding capture. Not only the look of elation and triumph on the victors, but the dejected look on the guy's face on the ground. Priceless!
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08/07/2007 11:06:03 PM
Yes, finally the photo that meets the challenge fair and square. Great job! Hope to see it on the winners' page
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08/07/2007 02:29:31 PM
What a great moment you got there! 10.
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08/07/2007 12:02:21 AM
Nice detail and also graet bokeh. Love the stop action.
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08/06/2007 11:35:16 PM
Great capture of facial expression. A few blown highlights, but overall a nice B&W.
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08/06/2007 03:16:52 AM
DOF should be shallower
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08/05/2007 08:50:28 PM
Nice subject, composition, and capture. Feels very bright to me. Might be improved by backing down on the brightness.
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08/04/2007 03:07:03 PM
Even in black-and-white, I find this to be over exposed.
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08/04/2007 03:04:36 AM
Perfect capture for the challenge. Expressions of an authentic triumph
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08/04/2007 12:23:54 AM
This would be perfect if it wasn't so blown out.
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08/03/2007 07:36:56 PM
Total elation; plus, the agony of defeat as a bonus.
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08/03/2007 09:17:48 AM
Great moment, but needs much more pp.
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08/03/2007 01:05:14 AM
Great capture, both in a technical sense and in the emotion you caught here. Slam dunks the challenge. Hope this does well, 9.
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08/03/2007 12:44:46 AM
Great action shot and B&W Conversion!
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08/02/2007 11:02:51 PM
1st one I have seen that meets challenge
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08/02/2007 08:31:52 PM
Ah... and the power of defeat. I love that you captured both in the same image. Wonderful.
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08/02/2007 04:24:38 PM
10!!!!
:)
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08/02/2007 09:07:16 AM
This is a classic. Definitely fits the "Triumph" theme beautifully. You even have the agony of defeat in the lower left corner! What a great capture. Interesting that you chose B&W. I wonder why?
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08/02/2007 09:05:40 AM
pure 10. good luck ! :-)
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08/02/2007 07:16:18 AM
best image representing triumph for me :) GL
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08/01/2007 11:07:12 PM
Truly captures the challenge. Great shot! 10
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08/01/2007 11:01:44 PM
Great high contrast!!! I get tired of these shots and then this comes along. Pure exuberance. Great shot. 8
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08/01/2007 10:21:57 PM
I like this more on second review. I think (hope) you'll be getting a ribbon for this one. Some parts are a little too white but the important parts of the image are nicely exposed and in focus. Very nice capture.
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08/01/2007 10:17:28 PM
Like the b&w. Great detail and emotion.
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08/01/2007 03:57:30 PM
My vote for the winner! I love it! it seems a bit too white, but it serves a purpose to make this shot unique, keep it as it is and you get my only 10!
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08/01/2007 03:38:44 PM
Great expression. Not sure that the B&W is the best choice.
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08/01/2007 03:17:28 PM
Dunfermline against Falkirk, Falkirk win 3-0?
A little bright, but the excellent timing and superb composition easily compensate. 9
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08/01/2007 07:58:09 AM
Simply SENSATIONAL capture - what an awesome moment caught. I love the face of the guy on the ground compared to the euphoria of the hugging boys - WELL DONE!
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08/01/2007 03:44:04 AM
great, slightly too bright in my opinion
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08/01/2007 01:03:10 AM
Nice capture - Nice sharp and contrasty image - Maybe a tad overblown on the highlights but it still works - Hope to see this in the top 10 nice.
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08/01/2007 12:56:59 AM
great capture. Only downside to me is the brightness.
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