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Baylor Spirit
Baylor Spirit
yanko


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Challenge: Free Study 2008-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Baylor University @ Waco, TX
Date: Jul 27, 2008
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Jul 27, 2008

Part of a photo shoot for Baylor University.

Thanks for the kind words. I agree, the PP work isn't quite perfected in this shot. The tonal relationships in particular are a bit off and the last letter in the background should have been fixed.

The voting on this entry was most unusual. First 60+ votes it was over 7 then dropped to 6.6 at 100 votes only to make a late push back to 7 and got as close as 6.9980 with just a few hours left in voting but it couldn't quite get there.

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Statistics
Place: 11 out of 524
Avg (all users): 6.9630
Avg (commenters): 8.1667
Avg (participants): 6.9600
Avg (non-participants): 6.9730
Views since voting: 2138
Views during voting: 332
Votes: 162
Comments: 50
Favorites: 12 (view)


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11/02/2008 06:26:41 AM
I somehow missed this 1st time through. VERY good capture! After being involved with cheerleading for over two years, I know what a difficult shot this truly is. Congrats on a fine entry and terrific score.
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08/20/2008 04:15:41 PM
Super shot Richard! They must have been really pleased.
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08/20/2008 05:44:46 AM
lovely action freeze, mister :)

edit to add: congratz on the score too!

Message edited by author 2008-08-20 05:45:20.
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08/10/2008 05:25:32 PM
Wow, fantastic picture: composition, tones, story, everything. Congrats!
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08/10/2008 12:10:46 PM
Great finish my friend. That is an amazing capture!!
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08/09/2008 02:57:12 AM
actually, I think the reason why I like this is b/c it really reminds of a shot I took in college, here. Hah, well i mean, same sort of theme anyway.
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08/09/2008 02:29:55 AM
i just really like this image, fav'd
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08/09/2008 12:01:18 AM
This image captures lots of 'spirit', action, movement, and is also quite 'emotive' to view.

A 'moment in time' frozen, and captured for us to see.

Well done Richard.

Message edited by author 2008-08-09 00:02:50.
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08/08/2008 10:30:18 PM
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simply stunning
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08/08/2008 10:20:38 AM
Heck of a capture. Great how you don't show the face :-)
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08/08/2008 10:13:55 AM
Dude... Well done! Amazing image - I love it!
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08/08/2008 06:22:39 AM
11th place isn't a bad spot to be. I still think this is a fantastic image and the processing is perfect in my mine. Outstanding man, just outstanding.
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08/08/2008 05:29:22 AM
Awesome ... Great capture Congrats Richard!
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08/08/2008 05:28:37 AM
Hey! You're around my neck of the woods! Well at least my family's old neck of the woods. This shot is really awesome. I think you're right that some little tweaks could make it even better, but it's great as is. The focus is phenomenal, and the moment evokes a lot of energy and emotion. I really like this!
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08/08/2008 03:41:59 AM
Great shot, Richard!
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08/08/2008 02:31:45 AM
i thought it should have been higher on the board. Personally, I like the right side and I like that its blown out a bit. It gives it an odd balance that works. Looking at it again, the smoothness is a little much on the skin. First time I saw it, I liked that part of it but now looking again it seems a tad over done. Congrats on your 11th place. Should have been higher though.
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08/08/2008 01:51:51 AM
I really thought you'd finish higher with this...gave you a 9...well done on 11th
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08/08/2008 01:32:01 AM
Fantastic timing & a totally awsome sports/action capture !!
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08/08/2008 12:32:09 AM
WHAT an AWESOME sports photo! Flawless perfection. I bet she would LOVE to have a copy of this.
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08/08/2008 12:13:06 AM
Oh so close to the star.Great pic. I like the action, the positioning of the cheerleader, and the smooth effect.This is great processing. I really need to know how to get the shiny effect on the skin. PLs share.
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08/08/2008 12:12:02 AM
I thought this one was so cool. I think it was the action captured and the processing that made it stand out. Great shot.
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08/08/2008 12:08:10 AM
Look at you go with a B&W in a FS! This really is a very captivating photograph.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2008 09:00:34 PM
Great catch. I like the post processing. I'm very picky when it comes to the smoothness effect of noise reduction but it works for me in this shot.
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08/07/2008 06:08:14 PM
Nice action catch, good composition and lighting, though the processing has left her looking a little plastic.
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08/06/2008 08:06:20 PM
wow, great use of everything. This is one of my top images for this month's Free Study, so unique.
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08/06/2008 05:44:57 PM
I LOVE this! So much energy and I really like the editing. Really terrific job.
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08/06/2008 03:13:56 PM
almost looks like an ad. Usually I don't like when details of the skin are removed too much. But I have to admit, itlooks good in this photo. congrats
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08/06/2008 07:33:30 AM
wow...perfect focus...a fantastic image 9
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08/04/2008 08:21:18 PM
AWESOME!!! just a great capture. I would love to know how you got "the look" of this photo. A couple little things that catch my eye. The heel on her left shoot is very blown out (but I love the effect on the shoe laces) and it looks like some of the printing on the wall has been edited out!? I wonder if this was intentional or not? If you could shoot me a PM with the details on the edit and if was correct or not about the printing edit I would be very appreciative. As I am trying to work on details myself.
A very worthy 10 from me for an awesome capture and edit.
Best of luck. Scott
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08/04/2008 06:05:32 PM
Very good. I like the processing. I'm not sure the subject is in the best position in the frame though.
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08/04/2008 04:17:20 PM
Some may think this a bit on the overprocessed side, but I think it works very well the way it's processed. Very nice work.
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08/04/2008 03:56:55 PM
Black and White works really good here. Great action shot.
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08/04/2008 08:59:16 AM
Love the captured pose and the story it tells. Maybe a bit too much noise reduction on the legs and arm? Just a nit pic. I love the image.
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08/03/2008 11:13:17 PM
great shot, wow.
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08/03/2008 08:44:27 AM
I really like the composition and lighting. Its a tad over-edited for my taste but you still did an expert job. You should sell this to Baylor.
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08/03/2008 03:58:13 AM
I wish I could vote on this one. I would give it a 10
Awesome shot.
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08/02/2008 03:48:24 PM
Nice stop actions! Great muscle definition on the cheerleader! I'm not too thrilled with the composition. It would be better if she was jumping into the frame instead of seeming like she is about to exit it.
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08/02/2008 02:57:02 PM
This is an excellent capture! I really hope that you're a university photographer, or at least work for the school, because they've got to love this shot. I work freelance for a university and know that they'd just about kill for a shot like this. Some might wish her face were visible, but I like it as it is - the motion and energy of it is captured very well. 10
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08/02/2008 09:50:22 AM
absolutley gorgeous. would love the post processing
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08/02/2008 07:08:57 AM
I like this. The sheen on her legs and arms and abdomen is a little much, shows lots of processing.
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08/02/2008 05:19:18 AM
I think that the composition of this image is spot-on. Love the choice of B & W.
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08/02/2008 01:38:12 AM
I love the pp & lighting :) Super cool.
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08/01/2008 07:47:28 PM
Great capture. Not sure about the processing, seems a bit too shiny and unnatural.
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08/01/2008 11:02:14 AM
I like the arch of her back. She almost looks metallic. GO BEARS!! :~)
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08/01/2008 10:31:58 AM
excellent stop motion capture 9
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08/01/2008 09:01:52 AM
Wow; this is a great shot; so perfect- one of the best and most moving sports shots of recent memory.
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08/01/2008 08:09:45 AM
Nicely done! I think a bit less smoothing would be better - maybe smooth and then add noise after even. But it is definitely cool.
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08/01/2008 06:39:06 AM
In my top 3!
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08/01/2008 01:55:36 AM
Great shot and processing!
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08/01/2008 01:15:04 AM
Front page I suspect. Such a great capture. The composition is awesome.
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