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Challenge: ABC...LMN...XYZ (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges
Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Sacramento, California
Date: May 9, 2008
Aperture: 1.8
ISO: 125
Shutter: 1/250 sec.
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2008

Friday night motocross, Sacramento Raceway, California.

A friend's son, Ryan, riding #691 saves it when bumped at the start by the rider on his left. Ryan finished 2nd in this race, the 125cc beginner class. He won both motos of the 250 beginner class.

My first evening and night photography with the D1X. I used the 50 mm / 1:1.8 lens. I was cautious about using high ISO for fear that noise might become a problem.

Post processing: Raw - +0.67 EV, imported into PS6. Cropped and curved. Converted to 8-bit. Gradient darkening of the sky, lightened and contrasted the foreground dirt. Burned the background, fixed a little motion blur in the subject. Resized for web, and applied sharpen brush in luminosity mode on subjects.

Place: 72 out of 194
Avg (all users): 5.9720
Avg (commenters): 6.5455
Avg (participants): 5.7778
Avg (non-participants): 6.1690
Views since voting: 922
Views during voting: 251
Votes: 143
Comments: 13
Favorites: 0

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01/12/2014 11:46:33 PM
Awesome capture!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2008 12:44:42 PM
great capture
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05/15/2008 01:12:23 PM
I love what you did to this picture, how you made the riders pop. Well done. no vote, I know the picture
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05/15/2008 11:38:03 AM
Great photo and fitting title! I looked at for quite awhile, or I wouldn't have noticed some funkiness going in with a few of the heads in the background. Strange. Most people probably won't notice anyway!
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05/13/2008 11:23:15 AM
Very good! Among the tops of this challenge.
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05/12/2008 06:40:16 PM
The real pop in the foreground of this picture is somewhat diminished by ghostly figures in the sky and with the spectators at the fence on the far left and right which have some odd looking aberrations about their heads.
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05/12/2008 04:06:03 PM
Nice shot, but there are some weird effects in the background (top left, for example). Uncareful selection and filtering?
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05/12/2008 01:47:19 PM
It feels like you are actually there.
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05/12/2008 10:43:29 AM
I like the two riders. The partial end of the one on the far left detracts a bit for me, but good colors, saturation and action capture. The blue background seems a bit odd as it goes into peoples heads.
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05/12/2008 09:02:42 AM
wish you would've gotten this shot without the people in the background!
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05/12/2008 07:00:36 AM
Did he fall, and how many did he take with him? Great colours. Great sharpness.
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05/12/2008 01:27:49 AM
Main part of photo is a good capture, well exposed, but the upper part has had some weird masking & editing done to it, which is too obvious around the heads of the spectatorsl
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05/12/2008 12:26:36 AM
super sharp and full of action...7
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