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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Best of 2004 (Advanced Editing III*)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: London, Ontario
Date: Jun 26, 2005
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/400th
Galleries: Sports, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Jan 1, 2005

Some have seen it here already. My girlfriend and her crew, who won a silver medal at the World Championships this year in the lightweight women's quad.

Statistics
Place: 5 out of 530
Avg (all users): 6.9608
Avg (commenters): 8.7027
Avg (participants): 7.0144
Avg (non-participants): 6.7722
Views since voting: 4048
Views during voting: 630
Votes: 357
Comments: 53
Favorites: 24 (view)


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10/16/2006 05:05:25 PM
This is so fabulous!!
10/16/2006 12:48:24 AM
I gave this a 10 during the challenge, and just posted to the "all time favorite" thread that it's my favorite of my 4 dozen or so on the site.
05/31/2005 05:48:12 PM
Sometimes I miss rowing, although the early morning wakeup and the freezing cold would probably change my mind if ever I started again hehe. Fantastic shot, one often forgets the off-water synchronicity while focusing on the classic togetherness of the actual stroke itself. This photo helps show that a crew has to be entirely together to do well, right down to carrying the boat and pushing off before rowing to the start.

Great capture! A well deserved placing amongst a highly competitive field.
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02/05/2005 05:06:45 PM
Such a fantastic capture!!! I think photography is really all about capturing little moments like these. I love it! Should have ribboned.
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02/03/2005 11:10:47 AM
This photo is astounding! congratulations on the top 10 finish!
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02/03/2005 10:45:55 AM
This is an image that should have ribboned. It has all the ingredients of a winner and to me it is the most impressive in the challenge because the subject matter trumps all. Congratulations on your top 5 finish. This is indeed an image with a life that will outlive the challenge.
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02/01/2005 10:17:15 PM
I've posted the story behind this photograph to this thread:

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02/01/2005 07:34:19 PM
i keep running across these stellar shots that i missed in the voting...it will no doubt take me the better part of 2005 to find them and comment on them all. :)

congrats on such a wonderful photo--i too wonder why this didn't ribbon, go figure. and the sunglasses don't even phase me, i think they add a bit of character to the girls, and a splash of modernity to an otherwise timeless photograph. beautiful work.
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02/01/2005 07:04:10 PM
Great picture I don`t understand why this is Wasn`t 1st or 2nd! Well done.

Message edited by author 2005-02-01 19:04:24.
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02/01/2005 11:56:46 AM
It blows my mind that this picture wasn't #1, sunglasses and all. Many congratulations anyway.
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02/01/2005 04:26:06 AM
Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Oh how I wish they all took off their sunglasses, but I didn't notice until later. The soft focus was an attempt to make a more traditional portrait out of a sports shot. Normally I don't like soft focus either but I was trying something and I think it worked. In the prints I've done at a large size it's less noticeable.

Given that stroke seat (closest to the camera) is my girlfriend, the composition and the processing made sense. This image represents the calm before the storm...both the training session and their lead-up to racing later that summer in Spain. I have many photos from the trip there, and I might post some soon and tell the story.

This, I got lucky. It's an honour to be in such company.
02/01/2005 01:52:57 AM
Congrats on you 5th place finish! This was one of my favorites for the challenge. Excellent work.
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02/01/2005 12:52:24 AM
dood - 5th place? suh-weet.

well done - awesome pic. :rock

Pedro
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02/01/2005 12:19:58 AM
Excellent B&W and congrats on a top 5 finish.
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02/01/2005 12:14:41 AM
this was one of my favourites, congrats, beautiful photo!
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02/01/2005 12:05:23 AM
Wow. Great shot James. Not as nice at the ducks at the zoo but what the heck......."Birds in a boat". Excellent placing!!

Johnny
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/31/2005 11:44:31 PM
Classic symmetry. I'm not big on soft focus most times, but this adds a certain mood. Bump up. 10. One of the best of the best
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01/30/2005 05:09:33 PM
Doesn't meet the challenge: zero.
; )

Great view - love their poses (candid I assume). There's a softness to this that doesn't do a great deal for me. It works, although it suggests something a bit more evocative/romantic than this subject.
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01/28/2005 08:23:42 PM
Great shot
9
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01/27/2005 07:34:23 PM
This is great- love the symmetry and the softness juxtaposed against the muscularity and metal and plastic. That border sure is overkill for me though.
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01/27/2005 07:37:39 AM
I thought I'd already commented on this. Powerful, wonderful, and massively sellable. I get a sense of a soft focus treatment from it, which I really don't either like or find appropriate - it feels like an attempt to make a great shot somehow 'feminine' in a cliched manner. It's a great moment however, it just works against the sense of purpose and preparation and the coming trial.
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01/26/2005 05:02:37 PM
Perfect symmetry all the way through here. This is all about balance. Balance in the tones, balance in the boat, teamwork at it's finest. I like the slightly soft feel to the image. This is a great team portrait. 10
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01/25/2005 09:01:38 PM
Great shot, perfect in B&W. One of my top picks!
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01/25/2005 08:07:20 PM
Stunning composition and tone.
By far, one of the better submissions in my opinion. ((9))
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01/24/2005 10:36:47 PM
Excellent shot! Very, very nice. Wow.
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01/24/2005 08:27:37 PM
This is my top rated shot this challenge, great job! Good capture of the symmetry and is enhanced by the softness. Frame works well.
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01/24/2005 03:23:29 PM
Good catch on the moment..B&W works well here...lost focust on the back or it would be a 10...well done.
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01/22/2005 09:05:12 PM
wonderful image. really captures the grace and the essence of teamwork that makes this sport. great bokeh, and nice choice for bw. i really hope this does well for you in the challenge, although i'm quite sure no score from dpc will ever do this image justice...
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01/22/2005 03:25:48 PM
beautiful study, a moment of calm before concerted effort, love the lines of their shoulders/upper arms, and the incline of their heads. 9
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01/22/2005 01:05:11 PM
Very classic looking.....what about an extreme crop removing the right hand side at the mid-line of the nearest oarswoman (stroke?). It might really make their gazes striking.
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01/21/2005 11:33:27 PM
What an excellent shot perfect 10
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01/21/2005 07:19:53 PM
Great lines, tones, composition, expression. Perfect.
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01/21/2005 08:51:11 AM
This is such a wonderful photo all the way around. The composition is EXCELLENT, their looks, the lines, the water... all beautiful. And the softness of the treatment really gives it that something special. PERFECT! up'd to a 10
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01/21/2005 07:57:40 AM
Nice photo but I find the border to wide which makes it distracting. I like the B&W look and the soft focus adds a lot to this photo. well done and keep up the good work in 2005. <7>
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01/21/2005 06:57:48 AM
Very nicely done. I can almost imagine seeing this picture in a 1940's Sports Illustrated or Life Magazine article on the Olympics. Wonderful capture.
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01/19/2005 07:55:41 PM
Great shot 10
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01/19/2005 11:00:14 AM
Very good. 9
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01/18/2005 11:29:15 PM
Amazing perspective and captured moment, 10! (And that's one of only a few 10's I've given out in months)
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01/18/2005 05:09:18 AM
A perfect photograph. I have given one other 10, so I guess 10.5 is my only option here. I couldn't produce something like this, so it's probably presumptuous of me to critique it, but here goes anyway. Immaculate composition and framing; the photographer was in the right spot, to the millimeter. Fabulous subject; like dancers at the barre ... beautiful, graceful, athletic and concentrated. Sympathetic photographic and processing treatment. The best of the best. 10.
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01/17/2005 05:59:28 PM
Nicely composed and exposed - I like the sense concentration and coordination.
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01/17/2005 09:16:24 AM
Absolutely superb. A bit too soft-focus for me here, but really amazing anyway.
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01/16/2005 09:38:38 PM
I love photos like this, that evoke a feeling of photography's early days.
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01/16/2005 09:37:52 PM
I'd put this in my favorites but it's already there.
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01/16/2005 03:58:07 PM
Wow ... Stunning photo - only one score 10 / 10 good luck
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01/16/2005 12:16:39 PM
Love this photo. The soft focus works here. It is the essence of feminine strength.
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01/16/2005 08:55:09 AM
AWSOME , should be top ten
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01/16/2005 08:51:44 AM
i love this
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01/16/2005 05:58:55 AM
Timeless, as if they are just pushing oiff to do the 1920's Olympic final.
Symmetry in repetitive elements; same pose, same look, same clothes, same oars and even the shore continues it.
Great B&W, I like the softness.
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01/16/2005 05:58:15 AM
I adore this! but oh the border kills it for me however a good shot
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01/16/2005 05:13:33 AM
When I saw this in your collection, I thought is was good, I still do..
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01/16/2005 04:14:39 AM
Perfect timing here. The soft focus is tremendous...lends the image a feeling of serenity, which is really ironic seeing as these young women are about to engage in one of the most physically demanding sports going. 9.
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01/16/2005 02:02:02 AM
Very cool... I love the framing and the DOF.
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01/16/2005 01:40:03 AM
Excellent, I gave it a nine.
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