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Schleck 150m from winning final Stage 8 Tour of California
Schleck 150m from winning final Stage 8 Tour of California

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Action Shot III (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-400D Rebel XTi
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Canon
Location: Escondido, CA
Date: Feb 22, 2009
Aperture: 4.5
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Galleries: Action
Date Uploaded: Feb 24, 2009

I didn't get any good quality shots from either of two locations early-final stage or by the finish line. I may be very sorry for entering this one. This is about an 80% crop of the original. These bikes go so fast it's hard to catch them. Anyway I had to submit something. This was taken on my birthday. It was really packed at the finish line from street to stores and difficult to get this close without waiting hours guarding a railing spot. Sorry about the cut off back tire, but of 3 shots I was able to get off this is the only one with over half the bike in it. Website

auto-levels in Camera Raw
severe crop
saturation +5 overall
Some USM but it got noisy really fast
Original more processed

POST: Of course I'm disappointed with the score. 22 voters thinking it's above average vs 201 thinking it's below average speaks pretty loudly. It's not sharp, but otherwise I think it's a pretty good shot. I thought I was going to get a brown ribbon with a 3.8 score. Looks like the most important aspect of scoring is having a tack sharp picture. Oh, and I thought I'd get comments on the atrocious title, but I thought all the information was needed.

Special thanks to TrollMan for giving this extra time and thoughtful evaluation.

Place: 180 out of 194
Avg (all users): 3.9058
Avg (commenters): 4.4444
Avg (participants): 3.7536
Avg (non-participants): 3.9740
Views since voting: 899
Views during voting: 378
Votes: 223
Comments: 9
Favorites: 0

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2009 12:43:51 PM
Good shot
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02/28/2009 12:39:05 PM
Much too blurry
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02/28/2009 07:23:25 AM
Probably a few technical aspects here that are not spot on. But I don't think any photo that follow the book in all ways will ever be looked at as creative or exciting the same way this does.
I love the overall look. The blurry effect, the fact that the crowd is ecstatic but still not stealing from the rider makes this look very good. I could easily see this shot in a book with famous moments in the history of sport.

The image the way it is taken makes me look at it for a long time. Studying all the details and feeling the moment. The rider is also standing which makes it clear that he is giving 150% and going for gold. The crop is exactly where it should be leaving room forward.

Great action shot! 10+
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02/28/2009 01:45:19 AM
Composition is great but it isn't sharp. Lots of noise too.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/26/2009 08:44:04 PM
Captured the moment well but for me the entire OOF spoils the shot. Would have liked to see either the background or the cyclist in focus.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/26/2009 12:23:03 AM
It's not in focus
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02/25/2009 06:04:27 PM
I would have like to see the cyclist more in focus on this one.
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02/25/2009 11:12:21 AM
Like to see the bike sharper, perhaps with some panning?
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02/25/2009 10:40:16 AM
would of been an awsome shot but just a little blury
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