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Challenge: Games II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Location: Longwood, Florida
Date: Apr 25, 2008
Aperture: 6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Sports, Blur
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2008

This shot was taken of a rider going up a large hill at a local motocross track. In the background you can see other portions of the track, blurred by the movement of the camera as I followed the rider.

The only editing I did to the picture was a little contrast and some shadow/highlighting.

Place: 25 out of 123
Avg (all users): 5.9887
Avg (commenters): 6.3750
Avg (participants): 5.8750
Avg (non-participants): 6.0413
Views since voting: 881
Views during voting: 293
Votes: 177
Comments: 10
Favorites: 0

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05/11/2008 12:40:04 PM
*Critique Club*
A great panning shot, good action, subject and colors. The focus is a bit soft, but not truly distracting. The background is nicely done and shows motion.

Cropping is a bit tight which kind of forces the viewer to see that some of the uniform lettering and other areas are soft, though the bike is fairly sharp. A bit more of the track in front of the rider would also move the subject to the left of center a bit and give the viewer a sense of perspective(where the rider is going).

The main colors here are red, blue and green always a good combo - the problem is the red and blue look a bit washed out, not hot, but lacking a bit of normal contrast. I believe that this might be due to the shadow highlight function, it tends to wash out colors. Next time you use it make a hue and saturation layer and give the dominant colors in your shot a little boost(try the individual colors instead of the RGB setting - they can be found in the drop down box).

Something you might try next time - Use a bit faster shutter speed (in the 1/125 or higher) capture the bike and rider in sharp focus, use the shadow/highlight function if needed, then use the hue and saturation function on your dominant colors. If the background is not blurred to your liking - then add a duplicate layer use the blur filter then a layer mask to paint the rider back in. (Though this might not be "legal" for a challenge here as it does add a motion feature - it would make for an excellent photo!!)

Overall - it is a good sports panning shot, a difficult technique to master, but one you have done a good job with.

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05/05/2008 09:44:23 AM
Well this is my best showing so far in a challenge. I am not sure as to why I receive two 2's, there were no comments, even though the picture clearly met the challenge. Oh well... Thanks to all who left comments and voted, I appreciate it! Feedback is what is great, especially when it justifies a low vote so I can improve whatever was the perceived problem.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/01/2008 06:29:21 PM
Great panning.
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04/29/2008 11:29:48 PM
Good stop action, but could be sharper.
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04/29/2008 07:09:32 PM
Perfect pan work, love this
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04/29/2008 04:30:45 PM
Great panning shot. Tricky to do - but done quite well. Well done.
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04/29/2008 03:24:04 PM
The helmet looks bigger than he or she is! Very good panning shot.
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04/28/2008 07:10:04 PM
Great panning on this one
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04/28/2008 08:46:25 AM
I feel this image is cropped too close.
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04/28/2008 03:15:41 AM
Nice sharp capture of a moving subject, pretty motion blur in the background
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