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Challenge: Stopped Motion V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 EX DC for Canon
Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Date: Mar 17, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/4000sec
Galleries: Sports, Animals
Date Uploaded: Mar 18, 2010

I'm not sure how this one will fair, but im hoping for a high 5! But its a tad too bright and due to the basic editing rules I couldn't do as much to it as I'd like, so I may be doomed to yet another 5.1 lol.

Place: 75 out of 135
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04/05/2010 11:04:37 AM
greetings from the critique club

Wow, what a terrific action shot you found. Congratulations. Despite its technical shortcomings, it is a keeper.

Because this is such an exciting shot, I played around with it on my own computer for a few minutes. Now, these are just ideas; not necessarily 'improvements' but ways to change and give a new look to a problem image for comparison, if nothing else.

First, I worked levels just a touch to try to get that b'ground darker. Then, because the contrasts were still too much, I went over and converted to Black & White and moved the sliders as much as possible to keep the blacks and detail in the matador's suit intact and darken the b'ground. That worked fairly well. Then I wandered over to Selective Colors and worked just the White/Neutral/Black sliders for further balance. Finally, because the bull was cut off it seemed a "why not, moment" to cut off a bit of the matador as well. this seemed to give a bit more rhythm to the image.

All this is just to suggest that it doesn't hurt to keep playing with an image. Something might just click.

Good luck and keep 'em coming.


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/29/2010 08:18:41 PM
Very nicely composed shot. I love the colors.
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03/28/2010 10:14:02 AM
Fabulous shot! Great clarity, color and composition!
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03/24/2010 02:33:06 PM
great moment a little blurred crisper focus would have been awesome 7
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03/24/2010 12:21:34 PM
Those guys are so brave. I wish the hooves of the bull would have been more in the picture. I can tell he is on the move, but more of him would have been better (IMO).
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