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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sports II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark II
Location: Durban South Africa
Date: Jul 10, 2005
Aperture: f6.7
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/1500 sec
Date Uploaded: Jul 10, 2005

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Statistics
Place: 1 out of 296
Avg (all users): 7.5053
Avg (commenters): 8.4167
Avg (participants): 7.4341
Avg (non-participants): 7.5425
Views since voting: 9710
Views during voting: 611
Votes: 376
Comments: 73
Favorites: 16 (view)


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09/06/2005 05:59:09 PM
Thats an amazing photograph.. how did you take it?
07/26/2005 07:45:30 PM
Surf shots rule the sports category!

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Yours is better though. Great shot, and congrats on the ribbon.
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07/26/2005 07:19:08 AM
Whoa! It must be difficult to take such an "action picture" and get that amazing definition! But, at the same time you captured him still, that photo seems to show water movements. Very high definition; and the main subject in the picture shares the leading role with that sparkling wave, in a very measured way.
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07/22/2005 12:36:04 AM
This is super duper kickass.
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07/21/2005 09:43:39 AM
And one on the other end of the scale to wish them all Congratulations!!
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07/21/2005 08:41:58 AM
3 south africans, gibun, goodman, micro :)
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07/20/2005 11:48:36 AM
Two South Africans on the front page! Bet you that's the first time THIS has happened at DPC.

Nice work, mate, fantastic capture!

Alex
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07/20/2005 03:54:23 AM
Congrats on your first blue. Wery well done in a very strong challenge.
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07/20/2005 03:47:52 AM
Top shelf photography, congratulations.
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07/20/2005 03:22:50 AM
Congratulations! Well done..
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07/20/2005 02:37:17 AM
Thanks for breaking the spell I have had of favoring second place, (not that second place isn't good this challenge) but this shot is just breathtaking, I wish i voted just to have been able to boost your score.
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07/20/2005 02:10:51 AM
Congratulations on breaking into the top ten... with a first place medal. Well done!
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07/20/2005 02:00:57 AM
Great shot! Congratulations!

Ciao!

Gipo ;-D
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07/20/2005 01:36:06 AM
congrats on the BLUE.... excellent... brilliant action shot...
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07/20/2005 01:29:19 AM
excellent capture, andy! congrats on an awesome shot!
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07/20/2005 01:26:28 AM
congratulations andy i told you this was the best shot, now you
can be as addicted to dpc as the rest of us.

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 01:48:01.
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07/20/2005 12:37:50 AM
My talent at taking photos may still be lacking, but my eye is getting better... (see 10 vote below....) congrats on the Blue...
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07/20/2005 12:33:56 AM
Wow. This is pretty close to a perfect shot. I was really surprised that this didn't get an 8+.

There is a bit of something about the starkness of the water droplets I don't like, but I would sooner put that down to JPG compression artifacting than I would the actual picture. I would bet that in the original, the spray is sharp enough to cut your finger on.

It really disappoints me that someone can post a picture that appears to have a little less post processing than others and have people who love the creativity of the shot, but voting it down for things that are so stupid as the choice of shorts on the subject. Like he is really going to wade out there with a pair of bright yellow tighties and tell the guy to change up and improve the bleeding contrast!

There are two types of creativity when shooting. The creativity in setting up a shot, and the creativity in using the camera. This shows creativity in using the camera in spades.

Good on ya!

(PS, I realize this is not the place for commenting on others comments, but I felt it ought to be said)
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07/20/2005 12:29:49 AM
Cngrats on a Blue. Well done.
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07/20/2005 12:21:19 AM
Congratulations! Great action shot!
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07/20/2005 12:20:04 AM
Congratulations on your Blue. All I can say is, what a shot!
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07/20/2005 12:17:16 AM
Holy smokes, congrats on the Blue, and after so few challenges!
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07/20/2005 12:09:15 AM
Wow! Congrats! Great shot!
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07/20/2005 12:05:54 AM
Wow wonderful shot and you have one lens in your arsenal. Well done. L glass to at that.
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07/20/2005 12:05:35 AM
Good job. I had this as one of the best!! Congrats.
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07/20/2005 12:05:31 AM
Now THAT's action! Bravo!
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07/20/2005 12:04:21 AM
Crongratulations on the Blue. I loved this as soon as I saw it. well done.
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07/20/2005 12:03:58 AM
Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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07/20/2005 12:03:28 AM
Congrats micro! Great shot!
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07/20/2005 12:03:28 AM
I knew it would win!!
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07/20/2005 12:02:15 AM
Congratulations on your blue!
I found it only minutes before the challenge voting ended. A straight 10!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2005 11:24:42 PM
Nice! And a new favorite. Good job.
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07/19/2005 10:30:16 PM
Nice capture! Going to Santa Cruz CA this week I'm gonna try these shots... bumping up to 9
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07/19/2005 09:30:23 PM
Revisited:
nice action & perfect contrast of colors. You've got my eight!
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07/19/2005 07:16:25 PM
I love the clear crisp sharpness of this image catching the surfer at the height of the wave in stop action is fantastic.
You have also managed to catch great detail in the face allowing the viewer to see the concentration in the surfer and with the extended right arm and fingers which really highlights the sense of balance required.
Well done on a great "sports action shot".
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07/19/2005 02:02:15 PM
lovely...absolutely lovely! great action shot, and perfect color and focus. well done!
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07/19/2005 02:15:55 AM
perfect timing, sharp, good composition. Across the board, great shot.
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07/18/2005 10:03:49 PM
A very 'cool' capture. Happy landing!
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07/18/2005 01:30:01 PM
not a bad shot, hope you ribbon :)

Message edited by author 2005-08-06 08:08:36.
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07/18/2005 09:19:14 AM
8 - Good surf shot, good capture of the wave 'cut' and 'spray'. Criticism; more detail, maybe stronger colors, different crop. Given the water 'spray', maybe black and white for this would work, not sure.
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07/18/2005 07:28:07 AM
Wow! Awesome action shot. Great clarity for the long zoom, and a nice range of colours in the water.
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07/17/2005 07:33:24 PM
great clarity on the wave action
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07/17/2005 04:28:43 AM
clarity/contrast/color: 2/2
composition,POV,DOF: 2/2
effort+originality: 1/2
theme appropriate: 2/2
aesthetic timelessness+emotion: 2/2
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07/16/2005 10:05:21 AM
(1-2) Below Average (3) Average (4-5) Above Average
Challenge Relevance : 5
Contrast / Colors :4
Creativity / Originality :4
Composition / Eye Appeal: 4 Not sure if a different crop , or if the Surfer would have worn bolder shorts could have stepped this up to a 5.
Overall the best surfing picture that was entered, in my opinion, great job capturing this shot.
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07/16/2005 04:43:30 AM
very good Andy!!

nice to see you taking other pics besides leopards and lions

take a 10

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07/15/2005 10:57:40 PM
WOW!
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07/15/2005 10:23:53 PM
one of the best surf shots ever on this site
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07/15/2005 07:55:00 PM
Nice shot....10
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07/15/2005 05:58:54 PM
nice action shot
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07/15/2005 12:38:46 PM
amazing shot, clear colours, very nice, good luck
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07/15/2005 08:55:23 AM
great shot!
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07/15/2005 07:00:20 AM
spot-on capture. this image is a great example that the bottom 90% could learn from in terms of photo quality and meeting the challenge...
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07/15/2005 03:48:21 AM
perfect timing!
great sharpness
hope you do well
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07/14/2005 06:13:01 PM
Perfect composition, perfect capture of the moment. Congrats!
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07/14/2005 02:05:39 PM
Nice action, dof, color, lighting and comp. What more can we ask for, reality. -9-
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07/14/2005 01:49:28 PM
Well done! Excellent stop motion capture. The orange plays nicely off the blue. Like the board being in the center. 9 - good luck in the challenge!
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07/14/2005 12:05:04 PM
Nice capture. All the action of the water added to the effect. I prefer a little more DOF.
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07/14/2005 11:48:03 AM
I hope this ribbons. I love the contrasting color, not to mention the amazing capture.
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07/14/2005 11:38:21 AM
Bumping up to 10 this is very good. The detail is fantastic
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07/14/2005 10:11:11 AM
Excellent capture!
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07/14/2005 09:18:14 AM
wonderful subject and great timing. Nice shot.
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07/14/2005 09:07:45 AM
Good action and capture.
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07/13/2005 05:22:46 PM
he looks timeless
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07/13/2005 10:26:34 AM
Wow! One of the best in here!
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07/13/2005 09:51:17 AM
Great action.
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07/13/2005 09:12:51 AM
nice work!
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07/13/2005 08:39:48 AM
Wow, great shot! must have been difficult to get this one.
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07/13/2005 07:53:52 AM
Brilliant !!!
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07/13/2005 07:00:08 AM
Good effect
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07/13/2005 01:39:17 AM
Wow
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07/13/2005 01:03:05 AM
Wow - one of the few 9's in my book. Super color and focus. Nice lighting. That is superb.
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07/13/2005 12:35:40 AM
Great Capture!
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07/13/2005 12:11:39 AM
Woe! Excellent! 10
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