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Arc of the Swimmer
Arc of the Swimmer

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Challenge: Motion Blur IV (Basic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark IIn
Lens: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: ashland, va (rmc's brock center)
Date: Dec 4, 2010
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/13
Galleries: Abstract, Sports
Date Uploaded: Dec 6, 2010

this was shot hand-held with my 300mm. i was lying on the pool deck (wearing rain gear). there was nothing easy about getting this shot. it's nearly impossible to pan swimmers with a lens this large because they just aren't moving that fast. it's purely random whether or not they are going to take a breath facing you at the moment they are passing through your view point. it's absolutely miraculous that the water is going to be doing anything interesting. i was only able to get 90 frames, which yielded only 10 possibles, which really came down to only three, of which i picked this one.

post-production was essentially levels, curves, and hue-sat adjustments.

since this is one of the few times a year where my work intersected with a dpc theme, i'm entering it. not really expecting this to connect with the mainstream, but i'm sure a few people will like it.

i'm anticipating a 5.2 or worse...

Place: 12 out of 117
Avg (all users): 6.0994
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.0755
Avg (non-participants): 6.1111
Views since voting: 1143
Views during voting: 317
Votes: 161
Comments: 13
Favorites: 1 (view)

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12/15/2010 01:54:34 PM
Beautiful capture of the power and grace of swimming!

Your rep is solid with me, Skip. The minute I saw it in the results, I thought "I wonder if that's Skip?" :)
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12/15/2010 12:34:07 PM
We had a kid who swam competitively for 16 years. Not easy stuff.
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12/15/2010 02:22:10 AM
Love it when hard work pays off. Congrats on the high placement.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/14/2010 11:25:45 PM
great composition, really good capture.
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12/13/2010 08:03:02 PM
Great subject for this challenge, and good timing as well. I believe I would have liked it ever so slightly more if the swimmer were a bit sharper, but it's still nice.
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12/13/2010 09:59:28 AM
Anything with a swimming gets an extra vote from me. Love it.
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12/12/2010 08:10:15 PM
Very nice capture. It almost looks like a painting. Great job.
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12/12/2010 09:30:01 AM
Great one.
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12/11/2010 10:54:56 PM
like the blur here and the lovely colors.
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12/09/2010 12:59:35 PM
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12/09/2010 02:57:53 AM
I had the same idea !
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12/08/2010 11:57:56 AM
Really powerful. I love this. The water is brilliant. The lighting though seems just a tiny bit flat, so maybe a TINY bit more contrast would add a little bit of pop.
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12/08/2010 12:15:47 AM
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