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Challenge: Photojournalism (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-D30
Lens: Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 II/III USM
Location: Sundhöll Reykjavíkur, Iceland
Date: Nov 24, 2002
Aperture: F/4,5
ISO: 1600
Shutter: 1/90 sec.
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Nov 24, 2002


Place: 3 out of 147
Avg (all users): 6.9777
Avg (commenters): 8.0400
Avg (participants): 6.8571
Avg (non-participants): 7.0549
Views since voting: 6160
Votes: 269
Comments: 31
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/04/2002 06:42:21 PM
PS eru einhver verðlaun í þessum keppnum ?
12/04/2002 06:41:35 PM
Flott Mynd
12/03/2002 11:54:00 PM
Composition - The first thing I think of looking at this shot is the framing which is exemplary. The focal point of this picture is in the perfect spot. The capture of the face openly visible is excellent. The focus on the face is great. At the shutter speed used, it is amazing. Even without the smile it is a great capture. The lane boundary and swim cap colors are brilliant. This image is definitely meeting the challenge.

Background - The background isn't distracting from the image at all and is not wasted space with a "splash" of yellow on the wall. The background is well out of focus as is expected in this type of shot.

Camera Technique - The shortcomings of this shot, if any, are in the camera techniques, most of which are out of the photographer's control. This shot desperately needs a very powerful flash that could reach 40M and blind half the crowd to make the shot any better. The 1600 ISO has added a lot of graininess to the picture. The slow shutter speed makes the water around the swimmer very blurry. I'm very sure that the photographer did everything possible to use the available light to make the shot as good as it is. I wish I took it :)

Processing - I don't know if much was done to this shot. I don't see anything that looks obviously processed into the pic aside from boosting sats a bit to make the colors stand out more. From what I can see here, I'm assuming it didn't need much done to it.

Overall - The photographer really made the most of this opportunity for a great shot. The graininess of the shot and the lack of focus, although understandable, do take something away from the shot. In my mind it is still one of the best captures from this challenge, whether the voters said it was or not. Congrats on a fantastic shot Arnit - Inspzil

12/02/2002 01:59:00 PM
12/02/2002 11:58:00 AM
Cograts Arnit, excellent action shot!
12/02/2002 01:02:00 AM
I can feel the splash! Congrats!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/01/2002 11:45:00 PM
Very well done! I like the way you were able to capture his face in sharp focus while the surrounding water movement is blurred. Beautiful!
12/01/2002 10:52:00 PM
Great catch. These are particularly hard to get as the water usually consumes the subject. Great expression on the subject.. perfect timing on your part.
12/01/2002 04:26:00 PM
8, Kavey
12/01/2002 04:11:00 PM
This to me is real front page stuff - well framed and with the splashing water frozen nicely. Slightly noisy image (especially visible on the Omega board in the background) but it doesn't really detract from the shot. Nice!
12/01/2002 09:44:00 AM
Excellent capture...love the framing...great timing...wish the water splash was a bit sharper...9 - zadore
11/30/2002 08:33:00 PM
Nice action shot. A bit noisy but I guess light was in short supply. Well done.
11/30/2002 12:22:00 PM
Lovely shot but a bit yellow for my taste. Good composition and the focus for this kind of shot is OK. High score from Sweden (Just because we have so many good swimmers, ha ha). /carsten
11/30/2002 12:01:00 PM
Great action shot in this telephoto shot. Good detail. 9 of 10.
11/29/2002 11:31:00 AM
Great action shot! A little dark, but otherwise perfect for this challenge. muckpond
11/29/2002 01:00:00 AM
I really like this shot. It captures the essence of the challenge perfectly: Front page of the sports section. Nice composition.
11/28/2002 12:09:00 PM
Terrific water action. Your focus is right on. JEM
11/28/2002 11:12:00 AM
Nice moment! Good picture for a sports newspaper or magazine.
11/28/2002 11:10:00 AM
wow.. COOOL shot. very good window into what this person is actually experiencing :) exposure and focus are right on too.. mag99
11/27/2002 11:22:00 PM
Great capture--wonderful shot--andrewm
11/27/2002 02:10:00 PM
Nice Shot
11/27/2002 12:36:00 PM
Rule of thirds is good, Focus is good, timing is good. 7 nards656
11/27/2002 02:16:00 AM
This is nice. It has a lot of emotional impact and action. The composition is good too.

11/27/2002 01:49:00 AM
Great shot. Good stop action. One of the better ones.
11/26/2002 10:08:00 PM
Great sports shot!
11/26/2002 06:43:00 PM
great composition, good focal point on the swimmer's face. good color, i like the blue and yellow. great stop action with the water, and I like that smile. 10 goodtempo
11/26/2002 03:33:00 PM
Vey good shot of a fast moving subject. If I were to point out a way to make the picture better, it would probably be to get a tighter crop with more of the swimmer filling the frame.
11/25/2002 09:59:00 PM
Right on. Great action. Great subject. Good crop and focus. Very interesting. Human interest - speaks joy, happiness, and victory with out a word. Great shot. Wouldn't change anything. PTL10
11/25/2002 09:36:00 PM
Top pic for me! Excellent DOF and focus is crystal clear (no pun intended). Great image!
11/25/2002 05:57:00 PM
Cool action shot. Focus is a bit off but the color is very nice. Job well done. Justine
11/25/2002 06:03:00 AM
Nice image, it fits the Photojournalism theme well by telling a visual story. Good job. Tied for my pick of the week. 9 Morgan

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