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Challenge: Stopped Motion V (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Pentax K200D
Lens: Pentax SMC- DA * 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM
Date: Mar 21, 2010
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1600
Galleries: Sports
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2010

Shot at the finish line at the local fun run charity I was shooting this weekend. A little topaz to accentuate the hair and a little noise ninja to reduce the noise.

A little bit noisy and perhaps a bit heavy handed on the topaz, but I backed off a bit from where it was originally. Hopefully this will do OK.

Prediction: 5.8

IMGP0074 - edit v.4

Post-challenge: Was confused about the voting on this one, til I saw the dispersion in the votes ... mostly meh, but lots more haters than lovers. So it goes. A more normal distribution between highs and lows would have landed me closer to where I expected. I think the 2009 on his bib had some people thinking this was shot last year, and they voted low because of it. At least the votes picked up a bit after it was validated. (The organizers ran out of the official bibs, and had to use some old ones due to the oversubscription to this race.)

I truly don't see the noise in this picture. The focus, yes, a bit soft since I was shooting wide open and the sharp spot is on the hand, not the face. And maybe a little too much Topaz for some tastes ... I get that too. But the noise? Just don't see it, or more accurately i just don't see the noise that's there as objectionable. Did a few (typically) light passes with Noise Ninja over it -- one before and one after resize -- and that worked for me.

Place: 87 out of 135
Avg (all users): 5.1059
Avg (commenters): 5.5000
Avg (participants): 4.8833
Avg (non-participants): 5.1818
Views since voting: 911
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 236
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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03/31/2010 02:15:46 AM
Shame about the noise.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/28/2010 11:39:31 PM
Nice shot. Good DoF and clarity.
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03/27/2010 09:09:53 PM
the noise in this shot is pretty distracting, but the shot is good on all other accounts.
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03/26/2010 10:49:20 AM
nice hair!
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03/24/2010 02:58:23 PM
good capture. It seems like there is a bit of noise in the shot and could be a bit sharper.
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