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And here's the pitch....
And here's the pitch....

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Challenge: Centered Composition III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-300D Rebel
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Fremont, CA
Date: Apr 4, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 5, 2008

Shot through a chain-link fence at a high-school JV baseball game. The pitcher was flanked by the first baseman and the runner leading-off of first base. His arms and the line of his eyesight runs right along the top of the fence in the background, which made for a pleasing composition.

Photoshop: no cropping was performed, just two adjustment layers to bring up the brightness and intensity.

Place: 128 out of 380
Avg (all users): 5.6453
Avg (commenters): 6.8333
Avg (participants): 5.5806
Avg (non-participants): 5.7000
Views since voting: 654
Views during voting: 297
Votes: 203
Comments: 12
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/15/2008 09:02:47 PM
I think the POV on this detracts from an otherwise well done photo. It meets the theme and I like the slight blur that lets me see the action behind the pitcher. The main subject is nice and sharp but the yellow line across his shoulders takes away from it all.
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04/15/2008 04:55:35 PM
Very nice capture. Really don't like that yellow lined merger through his head though. Alos- rule of thumb- always leave room for movement. Right now, when the pitcher finishes his step, he will be out of the photo with that foot. Leave room to breathe in this case.
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04/14/2008 02:42:11 PM
Very dynamic, and good composition with the two guys in the back.
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04/13/2008 06:18:58 AM
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04/12/2008 09:37:41 PM
This is a great capture... I like how you have framed the pitcher with the other two players.
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04/12/2008 02:33:32 AM
Great stop in action! The players in the back add a bit of heightened intensity. Great capture!
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04/11/2008 06:41:10 AM
Great capture of the moment. I especially love the two players in the background, slightly out of focus to keep the emphasis on the pitcher, but heightening the anticipation. Excellent shot. In a perfect world the left foot would not be cut off nor the 1st baseman's leg, but not a big impact overall.
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04/10/2008 04:20:07 PM
Such a shame you've lost his feet. Definitely caught the decisive moment.
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04/10/2008 12:09:19 AM
pity you couldn't have caught it as the ball left his hand 6
04/09/2008 10:33:40 AM
Well done to capture 3 people in action at one time.
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04/09/2008 09:35:54 AM
This is the sort of shot that requires the subject to be on the left rather than in the centre so we can see the space he is throwing into.
04/09/2008 12:24:02 AM
Good balance with players on the outside, good sharpness, nice shot!
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