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Challenge: Leading Lines IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D80
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Location: San Pedro, CA
Date: Feb 16, 2008
Aperture: 7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2008

This was taken (again) at the Korean Friendship Bell park in San Pedro. I love that place. I went there hoping to get a good entry for this challenge and wasn't disappointed. I saw these two boys playing basketball, and one of them got on his hands and knees on the ground a few feet away from the basket, while the other stood about twenty feet back and then ran and used his friend's back as a launching pad to jump off of and dunk the ball. I caught them doing it once and it looked so cool, I had to go up to them and ask them to do it again. They loved the photo I had already taken so agreed to do it about 8 more times for me. I sent them prints as a thank you. Here are some of the outtakes:

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Hopefully people don't mind too much that it's similar to my previous Hoops photo, but I figure there are so many repetitive landscapes here that seem to do well over and over again, maybe I can get away with it once. = )

Post processing: Converted from Raw, cropped, curves, levels, selective color and USM.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 262
Avg (all users): 7.1106
Avg (commenters): 8.4400
Avg (participants): 7.3000
Avg (non-participants): 7.0000
Views since voting: 8657
Views during voting: 407
Votes: 217
Comments: 51
Favorites: 23 (view)


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08/19/2008 05:37:28 PM
Very wonderful action shot! Well deserved blue ribbon.
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03/05/2008 01:21:24 AM
Originally posted by Simms:

One of the best images on DPC ever in my opinion.. truely inspiring.


Wow... thanks!
03/04/2008 02:47:20 PM
One of the best images on DPC ever in my opinion.. truely inspiring.
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03/03/2008 02:32:46 AM
all 4 of these shots have totally different color. crazy. good shot anyhow, i dig it.
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02/28/2008 03:15:25 PM
This is a great shot Brianna. Well worthy of blue.
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02/28/2008 01:53:52 PM
Wow!! What a great shot. I love the lighting, the composition and the leading lines but especially the thinking that was way outside the box. Congrats on a blue. Well deserved.
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02/27/2008 05:27:00 PM
Who would give this a 1? Terrific image. Congrats on the blue.
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02/27/2008 01:20:46 PM
Terrific. A great shot for a great blue. Congrats.
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02/27/2008 12:25:22 PM
Breeee, what a FABULOUS photo! Congratulations on this most deserved blue!!!
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02/27/2008 12:17:38 PM
nice shot, but wwwaaaaay too sharp.. just look at the halos... I would fix that if I were you. congrats on the win.
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02/27/2008 05:57:29 AM
Just Beautiful (what else can I say!) Congratulations on the ribbon. Well deserved!
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02/27/2008 04:21:50 AM
great picture.well done,congratulations
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02/27/2008 04:17:28 AM
Amazing Briana...each of your outtakes is equally as strong! Wow! Congratulations
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02/27/2008 02:55:17 AM
Congrats on your well deserved blue, wonderful hommage to yourself ;-P
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02/27/2008 02:51:51 AM
Wonderful shot - Great capture and well deserved first.
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02/27/2008 02:33:06 AM
I knew, this will be in the Top 3.
Congrats on the blue!
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02/27/2008 02:27:22 AM
WTG, Briana! Great shot. Congrats on winning.
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02/27/2008 12:29:03 AM
Congrats! I did recognize the basket immediately, but it's a spectacular example of leading lines. I LOVE the processing, too. And your outtakes are equally good. That makes two hoops shots of yours in my faves list. :)
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02/27/2008 12:16:20 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. This reminds me of the last time I was in California. I drove by this court and I remember thinking hey isn't that Breee's court from DPC? It is in a great location isn't it? Nice job giving it a different perspective and feel.
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02/27/2008 12:13:04 AM
Well that answer's that question! Wow! And congrats!
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02/27/2008 12:04:19 AM
There I go, laying criticisms at the feet of the ribbon winner again! Congrats on this!
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02/27/2008 12:02:43 AM
Congrats , knew this was going to do real good.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/26/2008 11:44:22 PM
Beautiful silhouette, and I love the kite off in the distance. If it wasn't basic editing you could have cloned out the two people on the beach, but still a 10 from me. A ribbon shot for sure.
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02/26/2008 11:37:40 PM
Beautiful example of sillohuetting! Great use of leading lines and great timing! I really love the color on this too
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02/26/2008 11:32:58 PM
I like this. My only nitpick is the small silhouette visible on the beach and the tiny kite in the sky. If this was not a challenge, with strict editing rules, they would certainly be clone-outs.
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02/26/2008 11:02:30 PM
I love this shot. You captured moment perfectly.
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02/26/2008 09:57:33 PM
Really like the action and lines in this shot. The person in the distance is a little distracting but an excellent shot otherwise to me.
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02/26/2008 04:17:58 PM
Great idea for this challenge Breeee123, should be top 10.
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02/26/2008 10:53:21 AM
The light, the strong curve leading to your subject, perfect!
Fantastic moment captured and wonderfully composed.
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02/25/2008 09:38:26 PM
Wonderful moment, wonderful tension drawn by the leading line. I only wish I knew what the person in the background was up to and why he/she is in the picture.
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02/25/2008 11:23:31 AM
this is just great. the silhouette is sharp and the colors are great.
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02/24/2008 06:41:51 PM
Major height ... great POV nice looking shot Hope this does well
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02/24/2008 02:03:53 PM
This looks so familiar. Great shot.
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02/24/2008 03:09:47 AM
wow my highest so far 10
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02/24/2008 02:48:35 AM
The pole on the right and the people in the background are slightly distracting, but this is a perfect shot as far as the lighting on the water and the height of the player! 9.
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02/23/2008 11:46:43 AM
Great stop-action and lovely curvy leading line.
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02/23/2008 12:59:45 AM
Yep. Meets the challenge, and it's great! One interesting little detail is the kite up in the sky. I love this.
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02/23/2008 12:06:59 AM
Nice silhouette. Would be better without the guy in the background
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02/22/2008 09:27:15 PM
Wonderful. I just wish that person wasn't on the horizon line.
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02/22/2008 06:44:13 PM
this is really cool, nice idea and ocmposition. The only downside to it is that person sitting down in the background and the horizon doens't seem quite level (actually the horizon i didn't notice until i looked at this closely)
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02/22/2008 05:21:45 PM
that little plane along with the title makes the shot for me. i wonder why you did not use pretty sunset colors and opted for this sepia tone though. i am sure you would have cloned the person out if it wasn't for basic editing.
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02/22/2008 11:20:06 AM
Great shot. The in flight subject of the leading line is great.
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02/22/2008 02:59:45 AM
This is very nice. I would have liked it even more if the photo was cropped right above the horizon. I don't think the bottom bit adds anything to the image, in fact, the tilted horizon bothers me a little.
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02/21/2008 07:34:29 PM
Awesome composition. The silhouette works perfectly for the challenge. Love the coloring too.
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02/21/2008 04:09:35 PM
Winner.
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02/21/2008 01:22:41 PM
Great capture
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02/21/2008 11:42:43 AM
I think this is a great pic. I am not a big fan of silhouettes and burnt whites when shooting into the sun, but this one simply works. Great composition with the leading line bending around the sun, and clearly leading to the main subject.

Could have done without the sepia though
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02/21/2008 05:43:31 AM
Fantastic shot !! really like it. Would have been perfect w/o thee person in the background (to bad due to basic editing). The impact & the tones is really great. into my favs. 8
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02/20/2008 07:32:04 PM
Yesss...this one really flies high. 9
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02/20/2008 04:16:23 PM
One of my favorites in this challenge. Amazing image.
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02/20/2008 12:38:53 AM
What a truly amazing image - the Blue Ribbon for sure! You must be SO pleased to have captured this.
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