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Challenge: Time Lapse (Advanced Editing VI ("Time Lapse")*)
Collection: 2008 Challenges
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8 XR Di for Canon
Location: Mogadore, Ohio
Date: Jan 6, 2008
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Jan 6, 2008

I have actually shot one of these before for my friend Toddy. He races 250B in MotoX. He usually takes First but every once in a while takes 2nd or 3rd, but usually always places. I did one of these shots for him a year back for a gift and was excited to shoot it for a challenge. The problem was he broke his arm in a race about a month and a half ago and just got his cast off. I asked him if he could hit a jump and he said no problem. Crazy kid. Its really muddy around here right now, so to just get out of a cast and then in mud was gonna be difficult, he told me I had two chances to shoot this because of the mud. So this is actually my 1rst attempt. The 2nd was blurry. He was upset because he usually gets some sick air and just couldn't this time with the mud and his wrist. I still was pretty stoked to try this challenge with the new rules, so here is my attempt. 5 shots in total.

Adjustments:
Shot in Raw
Used Photomatix to convert to Jpg. Tonemapped.
In Jpeg
Used Layers and Layer Mask to put together all the pictures. Hue/Saturation, USM, Brightness & Contrast. Dodge and Burn on Bike. Add Vignette, and Border. Neat Image and Save for Web.

Statistics
Place: 18 out of 84
Avg (all users): 6.3608
Avg (commenters): 6.5652
Avg (participants): 6.1833
Avg (non-participants): 6.4023
Views since voting: 2174
Views during voting: 756
Votes: 316
Comments: 27
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01/19/2008 03:06:39 PM
CRITIQUE CLUB CRITIQUE
by karmat

Compositionally, I like the shot. I like how he is entering the frame on one side, and he just partially shows, then is exiting the frame on the other, and still just partially shows. Your space between the bikes is good.

Technically, I like the color of the rider against the "bland" sky. Yea, a better sky would have made it more dramatic, but some things we can't control. Converting it to bw would help the sky, but then the rider would be lost in the details of the trees. I don't like the "texture" that the tonemapping gave the grass. I know that is a personal thing, and others really like it, but to me it looks almost grainy -- like it is out of focus or was underexposed and had to be brought up so much it made it edgy. Just my opinion though. I think the vignetting may be a bit much. Perhaps if it were more subtle.

Overall, a very effective shot.

Karma
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01/14/2008 09:16:47 AM
Highly underrated photo in my opinion!
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01/14/2008 01:00:44 AM
great minds think alike, congrats top 20
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/12/2008 09:55:07 PM
Wow!!! I love this image.
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01/12/2008 02:59:19 AM
Nice processing. I love the colours, the border, the composition. I'd like to have seen less space between the bikes and perhaps a couple more of them but I guess you were constrained by the camera in that regard
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01/12/2008 02:33:11 AM
Not sure about the boarder, but a great capture nonetheless.
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01/11/2008 08:51:00 AM
The vignetting kind of detracts on this for me, as does the grey sky. I know you don't have control over the sky. I do like the interplay between the greens and the browns in the grass.
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01/10/2008 11:42:52 PM
I think the vignetting against the biker's start and finish is a bit much, especially with the added frame.
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01/10/2008 09:44:51 PM
nice composition
the subject merges with the bg though..7
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01/10/2008 12:44:37 PM
Dont like the vignette but the capture is good
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01/09/2008 07:56:20 PM
Sweet framing; I like this kind because it feels like a screen shot out of a movie!
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01/09/2008 02:41:31 PM
nice idea following the bike through its jump. the photo seems a litle dark, but overall good shot :)
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01/09/2008 11:26:23 AM
Either/or - Crop to half of the first bike or crop the other way down to four. Maybe :-) Good action sequence.
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01/08/2008 10:50:14 PM
Though I am not usually a fan of vignetting, I think it works well here. Also, I like your choice of border, makes it look like a widescreen tv.
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01/08/2008 09:14:31 PM
cool
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01/08/2008 06:40:42 PM
muckpond: he made it! naturally!

scalvert: a clear demonstration of physics.

alanfreed: but look at that title. He is defying natural law.

muckpond: that's how you motor, dude.
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01/07/2008 11:12:02 PM
Oh awesome, I love the burning to let us focus on the subject.
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01/07/2008 10:44:53 PM
The black strips above and below make this feel like a movie strip. I like the feel of it.
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01/07/2008 07:35:42 PM
Love the editing on this. Great gold tones and pleasing composition. Back to bump you up to 8.
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01/07/2008 07:07:06 PM
Don't care for the burning insomuch as it obscures the rider, but other than that this is a very nice shot and a good use of the whole time lapse concept.
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01/07/2008 03:20:24 PM
Sweet, really cool use of tone mapping or dodge and burn.
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01/07/2008 01:57:22 PM
Very good, the colours are wonderful.
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01/07/2008 01:48:42 PM
I like the borders, make it feel like a bunch of movie stills stacked up
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01/07/2008 12:17:56 PM
I don't care for the border. If it had surrounded the whole image that would be great, but the lack of border on the sides ruins it for me.

Overall a nice shot, but the vignetting takes away from the image. Good action, and good spacing on the rider, jsut hampered by the border and the vignetting. 6.
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01/07/2008 09:47:15 AM
Nicely done!
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01/07/2008 09:01:44 AM
This idea has been done a lot in this challenge, but in my opinion, this is the best of them. I like the processing, the border, and the vignette. Very nicely done.
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01/07/2008 02:00:47 AM
Nice sequence. I don't really like the vignette.
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