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Tai Chi Sword Play
Tai Chi Sword Play

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Challenge: Games II (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenge Images
Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ30
Location: Delray Beach, FL
Date: Apr 26, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/640
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2008

I have been learning the tai chi sword form. It is really fun and good exercise. This is my tai chi master and one of the other students in my class.

Way too much post processing, but the setting was so terrible, that I couldn't get a good shot. The background interfered with the subject, the sun was hot and the shadows were deep. I tried everything I could think of to get the subjects to stand out. I even tried b&W and gradient mapping.

The b&w layer wasn't too bad, but I tried tried different blending modes on it and strange effects happened. I settled on Soft Light mode, which brought back the color but completely changed the look from the original. Then I tried Gothic Glow which I liked a little better, but the face on the teacher was too dark. I settled for both layers -- the b&W/soft light at 50% opacity over the gothic glow layer.

I know the voters will hate it, but I want to play, even if I get a brown ribbon.

Place: 106 out of 123
Avg (all users): 4.8929
Avg (commenters): 4.5000
Avg (participants): 4.8333
Avg (non-participants): 4.9211
Views since voting: 672
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 168
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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05/08/2008 12:48:02 AM
Call me crazy but I thought this was funny because of the action going on at the moment. Such an interesting candid. It's cool to me because it does not appear as tho they really care that you are there taking a picture.
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05/07/2008 12:31:11 AM
Nice try with difficult light. Tai Chi is a beautiful martial art, would love to see more images taken in better conditions. I want to try a similar shot with my aikido class but too busy with training. Good luck with future shots.
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05/05/2008 12:07:34 PM
I think this would have been really cool against a solid background.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/30/2008 05:39:27 PM
I like this image (the colors, saturation), but the blown out background is very distracting
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04/29/2008 04:53:03 PM
Composition is very central, and there doesn't seem to be a focal point. Lacks overall interest for me. Sorry.
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