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Challenge: Stopped Motion V (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1000D Rebel XS
Lens: Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM
Location: Outside Home
Date: Mar 18, 2010
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/3200
Galleries: Action
Date Uploaded: Mar 20, 2010

I am pretty happy with this but wish I could have eliminated the glare off the ball.

Shot in raw. Decreased exposure, black level, crop, clarity, vibrance, white balance, open in pse6, resize, usm, sfw.

[Mar. 26th, 2010 09:37:03 PM]

This score is awesome and I am so thankful for everyone that has left me comments.

For those wondering how this shot was done, well here you go (hope you still like it after the smoke and mirrors are gone)

So I got this idea not long after seeing the challenge. I wanted to create a shot where it looked like I was throwing a baseball straight at my camera. Obviously I couldn't just do that as I rather like my camera and lens. So the brain storming began. I originally thought about setting up plexiglass between the camera and the ball and throwing it at that, no good as I didn't have any plexiglass and didn't want to buy any. So how am I going to do this as I have no help and it is going to essentially be a self portrait. Here is the setup:

Tripod setup so the sun was behind it
5in1 reflector on ground to help light the bottom of the ball
prefocused the camera at a point on the ground marked off
repositioned the camera
10 second timer with 5 shots continuos
I got into position and the camera fired.
I am holding a dowel rod stuck into the back of the soft baseball held over where I prefocused and moved it in and out to get a shot with the ball nice and crisp.

So no I didn't actually throw this but I did make it appear as though I did.

Hope you aren't too disappointed.

[Mar. 30th, 2010 10:10:21 PM]

Only 2 hours left and I am sitting at a 6.8 Wow, thank you all for the votes and the comments have been amazing.

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 135
Avg (all users): 6.7846
Avg (commenters): 7.7241
Avg (participants): 6.4615
Avg (non-participants): 6.8923
Views since voting: 4175
Views during voting: 629
Votes: 260
Comments: 50
Favorites: 6 (view)


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07/10/2014 01:56:19 PM
I have to add, in the photographic definitions, I tried to recreate this with a bullet coming from my gun to the screen, Just didn't work as good as your outstanding shot... Some day I will get this awesome view recreated with the perfect balance of dof, light and action you did here.... Just thought I'd let you know You Inspired Me!!!
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02/13/2012 12:42:01 AM
I can't believe I never commented on this. This shot is one of my ALL TIME DPC FAV'S!!
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12/13/2011 09:32:28 PM
I know this is your highest scoring photo but THIS is a very, very hard picture to achieve...excellent job!!!
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10/05/2010 01:59:01 PM
Just WOW, this is effing excellent, perfect focus and very creative, just brilliant.
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04/09/2010 12:25:33 PM
Great job teamy... keep this up! Very creative.
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04/06/2010 10:36:18 PM
Hi from Critique Club.

I like you photo very much!!!

Ideas for a better image:

1 - Put some color in the borders;
2 - Write your signature in the lower right corner;
3 - Use some kind of filter to blur the sides of the image and bring more focus to the center and the ball.

Hope you like my ideas.

Oscar Burd
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04/02/2010 10:45:13 PM
Congrats on the score! I knew this was your shot, glad to hear the dowel rod was used and there was no DQ.
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04/02/2010 04:36:59 PM
I actually like the glare on the ball.
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04/01/2010 10:26:06 PM
I don't know why, but you look more like a golfer than a pitcher to me :D. What a creative shot and set-up. Congrats on your new PB and a top 10!!
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04/01/2010 01:02:08 AM
Fantastic, and a very creative setup. Congrats on your new personal best!
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03/31/2010 02:39:00 PM
Hey Josh...

Congrats on your new PB and Top 10 finish! I didn't vote in this one, but going through the entries, this one definitely caught my eye. I saw immediately what was going on when you mentioned the dowel (I knew by the perfect capture of the seams on the ball there was some kind of trickery), but the DOF and composition made this one stand out.
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03/31/2010 01:09:29 PM
This is JUST AWESOME !!!!! Congrats on the Top 10 !!
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03/31/2010 12:09:10 PM
obviously not stop motion and a fake and it should be clear to everyone (though apparently not by the comments below) that the actual shot is almost impossible and the chances of getting the ball's label perfectly centered is just unrealistic. it would have taken over a million tries to capture the concept, probably smashing a camera or two and it still wouldn't look as good or fake as this image. a surprise to me, but i over estimated the awareness of the voters. well done on your top ten.
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03/31/2010 09:12:18 AM
Even though the photo was legitimized by DPC during voting, I knew one could trick a shot and still meet the challenge rules. To me the shot looked fake, though I didn't guess how you did it.
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03/31/2010 09:02:30 AM
When I saw this photo I immediately thought of this photo by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' toddhead, which took a Blue ribbon 6 years ago.

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Congrats on your high finish (Top Ten!).
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03/31/2010 08:17:08 AM
Nice set up description - thanks. A minor bit of motion blur might have helped those unbelievers ;-)

Message edited by author 2010-03-31 08:18:00.
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03/31/2010 04:45:02 AM
so there is no STOPPED MOTION here, ur creativity is well appreciated. But after telling this how u do the shot. IT SHOULD NOT BE ON THIS CHALLENGE. you made us thinking that the ball really throwed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/31/2010 03:42:54 AM
I really like this shot a lot. It's very well executed.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/31/2010 02:24:13 AM
Great finish, Josh! Only suggestion would be to have turned the ball so the logo wasn't straight.

Originally posted by jminso:

I wanted to create a shot where it looked like I was throwing a baseball straight at my camera. Obviously I couldn't just do that as I rather like my camera and lens.

Wuss.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/31/2010 12:28:33 AM
Interesting set up. Congrats on the nice place.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2010 11:27:10 PM
Is this a trick? It looks cool for sure.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/30/2010 09:24:02 PM
actually, this is really creative! good capture of just the ball.
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03/29/2010 11:43:46 AM
This is AMAZING. 10, best of the lot. How did you do this?
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03/29/2010 09:35:53 AM
This would have been so much better if the person was wearing a baseball uniform.
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03/28/2010 07:05:50 PM
very cool. love the DoF... it really makes this shot for me.
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03/28/2010 06:59:56 AM
Great looking shot, i'm trying to work out how you've done it. I can only imagine that the pitcher is holding a stick with the ball on the end of it. So if i'm right then it's not really a stop motion picture however it is an excellent concept, well executed. 9
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03/27/2010 09:08:11 PM
a well executed trick. very good.
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03/27/2010 07:02:45 PM
This looks like a ball on a stick, the focus on the ball is just too good
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/27/2010 06:39:25 PM
nice blurr,,,,,,, right moment ,,, top 3 i hope,,,,,,,, 9
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03/26/2010 11:03:10 PM
Most interesting entry in this theme!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/26/2010 10:26:34 PM
WOW, great picture
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03/26/2010 06:38:54 PM
I really really want to know how this was taken :) ...
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03/26/2010 11:55:27 AM
Nailed it!
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03/25/2010 10:08:39 PM
How perfectly the name happened to fall in this image - well done!
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03/25/2010 05:40:02 AM
Surely too good to be true! Real or not I've given you 8 for this for the way it was set up. If it is real I oppologise for not scoring it higher.
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03/25/2010 12:29:02 AM
nice ad for Adidas :-) great image, very cool look on the guy
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03/24/2010 10:35:30 PM
Gee, I hope the camera is ok. :)
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03/24/2010 07:16:04 PM
Very nice timing! You even got a great composition. Congrats!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/24/2010 03:19:07 PM
Very cool!
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03/24/2010 12:26:57 PM
Great pic : 10! but I hope this ball was actually falling down...
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/24/2010 12:17:57 PM
Clever idea. Caught on the drop I would say.
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03/24/2010 11:37:33 AM
OK, where'd you hide the wire? But I'm still giving you an 8.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/24/2010 10:44:28 AM
Let me guess, the ball is on a stick that the peson is holding? Not bad.
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03/24/2010 09:36:20 AM
nicely executed, even if a 2nd person was gently tossing the ball up into the frame.
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03/24/2010 02:42:21 AM
First i thought this was great, then I thought Hang on they have cheated taking this photo some how by dropping the ball in the line of focus some how.
Then I went back tho thinking this was great
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03/24/2010 01:58:54 AM
Sensational!! Top three if not the blue. At least for me :-)
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03/24/2010 12:55:24 AM
is this attached to a glass?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
03/24/2010 12:41:22 AM
Wow. how did you do that? did u stick it to a glass? eager to see your explanation in the notes section.

Raj
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03/24/2010 12:28:38 AM
very cool!
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03/24/2010 12:18:30 AM
WOW !
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