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Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang

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Challenge: Free Study 2010-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: Jan 30, 2010
Aperture: f3.2
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/100
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2010

One of the few shots for the month, but thought I should enter something. Black and white, otherwise the yellow coloring of the panel isn't very pleasing.
I was trying to get that feeling of movement though it means the thrower isn't very sharp.

topaz detail
Silver efx pro
blur brush on background
resize, boarder,levels,USM

Place: 160 out of 388
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Avg (commenters): 6.2000
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Views since voting: 586
Views during voting: 276
Votes: 159
Comments: 7
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11/19/2011 05:31:21 AM
Haikido.. It's not easy to capture the spirit of a deceivingly effortless-looking art. I very much like that the main subject is a woman, as it highlights the fact that quiet focus and economy of movements are here far more important than muscles and aggressivity (not that I have not know women extremely effective at very aggressive sports, but anyway). I love the slow shutter speed here, and the stillness of the heads and the firm eye contact between the opponents, another distinctive feature of this art I think.
As for the thrower not being completely in focus, I see your point but also appreciate that the lower half of the body is perfectly still, again stressing the economy of movements and her firm stability.
You did a great job of capturing the faces, in my opinion.
The only thing I don't like is the background, but surely when capturing real action something has to give and an higher angle to exclude the wall would have not perhaps been that effective.

Sorry, I just stumbled itno this by chance and felt like commenting.
Well done.
02/08/2010 05:31:18 PM
Good capture mate - Martial arts are a nightmare to photograph as Dojo's always seem to be so badly lit . .
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2010 09:34:39 PM
great capture.
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02/07/2010 11:30:21 AM
Gret stop action!
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02/04/2010 10:32:35 AM
wow such a stop action picture...I like how you changed this to B&W it fits
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02/03/2010 07:55:24 PM
ouch! Nice capture.
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02/01/2010 06:57:15 AM
good b and w conversion...
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