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Grass explosion!
2nd PlaceGrass explosion!
LalliSig


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Sports II (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Frostaskjol, Reykjavik
Date: Jul 11, 2005
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jul 11, 2005

Taken in horrible conditions, it was raining, very cloudy and pretty late in the evening too so it was very dark, therefore 800 iso and as I was only taking pictures for this challenge I knew I would never need the shot in great quality, only about 600 pixles wide so I underexposed it almost 1 full stop in order to get a higher shutterspeed in an effort to stop the motion more.

This is by far the best shot I got the whole game. This was taken at a match between two local football clubs, KR (black and white) and Fylkir (orange and black) at the KR stadium, Frostaskjol. Fylkir won the game very convincingly 3-1.

Minimal post processing done, just adjusted the exposure and pushed the contrast way up in C1 in an effort to hide most of the noise, cropped to a 1:1 ratio and did a small "S" curve + resized/sharpened in photoshop.


Edit after the challenge:

I can´t really say that I excpected the red ribbon for this since the image quality in this image isn´t good at all, I was hoping for an 6.5+ though since I really liked the moment. I am extremely pleased with the ribbon as sports shooting is hardly my venue. Thanx for all the encouraging comments but I would also appreciate some constructive critizism as I know I could have done this better, I am all ears if you have any advice.

On a small side note I am especially pleased I beat Andri this time since we were practically side by side the whole game and our shots are of the same moment, his just fractions of a second later. Just for the record we did not talk to each other on what shot we were submitting so this was a coincidence that we both submitted the same moment.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 296
Avg (all users): 7.2301
Avg (commenters): 8.3750
Avg (participants): 7.0244
Avg (non-participants): 7.3406
Views since voting: 13101
Views during voting: 651
Votes: 352
Comments: 61
Favorites: 12 (view)


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04/30/2006 11:47:01 PM
Perfectly titled. Wow! This is a great action shot. Well composed and nice choice of shutter speed to freeze the players.
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07/25/2005 10:18:04 PM
Unbelievable timing.
I am especially impressed at how you setup the exposure to make the shot.
Congrats on your second ribbon Larus.
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07/21/2005 10:14:30 AM
Beautifully composed. They look like puppets! :)
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07/21/2005 08:05:05 AM
My entry was also from this same game, and I can vouch for Larus and Andri that they were indeed both taking pictures side by side at the game - I was there with them for the first half and at the other end of the field for the second half, when these photographs were shot.

All in all, I think there were 6 if not 7 DPC'ers at the game - at least. The reason is probably that we don´t have that many sport events here in Iceland during the timeframe of a week, except for football. This match was by far the most prestigious one during that week as the two teams are the two largest/most successful teams in Reykjavik, the capital city(and only city I might add ;).

p.s: Til hamingju með borðann kvikindið þitt ;)

Message edited by author 2005-07-21 08:05:32.
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07/20/2005 12:41:06 PM
Edit: Wrote additional info in the "Photographers Comments" instead.

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 12:57:40.
07/20/2005 09:40:03 AM
To answer Andy, Larus and I did indeed go to the same soccer match and we stood right by each other when we took those two, admittedly, similar shots.
It might seem strange that we submit such similar shots even though we went to the same game but I can assure you that this was not planned on our behalf as Larus and I did not know of each other submissions until after the voting had started. Quite a coincidence, eh?
In addition, I might mention that it should be obvious to most people that my picture and Larus's have a quite different look to them (colour etc.) and the background is very different which, to me at least, shows that they were taken from different vantage points and were processed with different methods. Perhaps it's moot to explain this as the site council will undoubtedly see when they receive the original files that these two shots were taken on two different cameras.

(As an aside a similar thing happened to me and another photographer in the 'Abandoned' challenge where the entries in the 3rd and 4th place were of the same house.)

I could also mention that Larus and I were not the only ones to submit photographs from this game as Sjonni and hrutsen also submitted a picture from this exact match.
And to boot Arnit, Siggi and skarason also all submitted photographs from the same game.

Anyway, congratulations for your red ribbon, Larus!!

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 09:54:11.
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07/20/2005 09:04:05 AM
I just wanna say that this shot and the number 4, all we need is the ball, by Andri, must be disqualified because they are made by the same author: you can easly see that they are the same teams and the same players in the same city in the same day.

Great shot but not correct

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 09:19:32.
07/20/2005 06:56:39 AM
Congratulations on your second ribbon.
Now you only need the yellow to compleat the series.

Message edited by author 2005-07-20 06:57:00.
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07/20/2005 05:50:54 AM
excellent picture! congrats
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07/20/2005 05:15:55 AM
til hamingju með 2 sætið
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07/20/2005 04:45:34 AM
til hamingju með borðann
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07/20/2005 04:33:56 AM
Congrats Larus. Somebodys going to be very mad at you for calling Fylkir Fjolnir. Not me though ;) Áfram KR!
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07/20/2005 03:45:48 AM
Well taken Larus,congrate's on your ribbon
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07/20/2005 03:09:00 AM
I love this shot!! Great timing, wonderful focus and a real sense of humour......it's funny!! Congrats on your well deserved ribbon!!
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07/20/2005 02:59:43 AM
Til hamingju Lárus, vel að verki staðið í harðri samkeppni.

Congrats Lárus, well done in a tough competition.
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07/20/2005 02:25:53 AM
Congratulations Lárus!!!!!!!! Ánægð með þig strákur, þessi var bestust af öllum þessu fínu íslensku fótboltamyndum..
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07/20/2005 02:02:28 AM
Congratulations! Great shot!!!

Ciao!

Gipo ;-D
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07/20/2005 12:57:00 AM
Flott - til hamingju.
Íslensk knattspyrna rúlar eins og æfinlega!
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07/20/2005 12:30:29 AM
What a fun image. Congrats.
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07/20/2005 12:28:47 AM
A hell of a ripping image that simply grabs the viewer. Congratulations on your Red.
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07/20/2005 12:19:00 AM
well, I've never heard of exploding grass beforee - it must be the volcanic soil in Iceland. Excellent shot despite the conditions.
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07/20/2005 12:16:10 AM
Congratulation larus!
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07/20/2005 12:10:41 AM
Grass Explosion! I hate it when that happens! Great shot! Great title! Great finish! Congratulations!
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07/20/2005 12:06:20 AM
Excellent! And congrats!
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07/20/2005 12:05:39 AM
Couldnt vote during the challenge - this was a perfect 10!
Congratulations on your red.
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07/20/2005 12:04:33 AM
Great shot - congratulations!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/19/2005 11:27:41 PM
I love this shot - great stop action and DOF! Almost looks like they're dancing! Maybe it's the Bonus Pig Jig. LOL. Good title too! A definite 10.
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07/19/2005 10:09:15 PM
Wow, those 2 guys are in almost the exact same position! Favorite Soccer pic in the challenge. 10
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07/19/2005 09:55:36 PM
clarity/contrast/color: 2/2
composition,POV,DOF: 1/2
effort+originality: 1/2
theme appropriate: 2/2
aesthetic timelessness+emotion: 2/2
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07/19/2005 02:08:35 PM
Oustanding capture with great stop action and good interest with facial and body expressions. Bumping up.
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07/19/2005 01:58:51 PM
Another soccer collision photo
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07/19/2005 10:37:18 AM
Great sharpness, color and sense of action. Wonderful shot.
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07/18/2005 10:47:12 PM
Great shot, love the colors and the action. 10
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07/18/2005 05:50:02 PM
I feel this is the best futebol shot of the week. The players in synch above the ground is stunning. One of my top 10 favorites for this challenge. One question ... did you pick this title because you thought this shot was about the grass or just afraid someone might miss the turf flying around? No chance of the latter.
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07/18/2005 09:09:10 AM
8 - Good action shot, good title. Criticism; tighter crop, sharper, more focus.
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07/17/2005 11:56:32 PM
Arnit?? Great capture here... fantastic sports and action. Love the expressions, color and compositon. Excellent :-)
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07/17/2005 07:37:20 PM
great composition and clearity-great motion capture too
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07/17/2005 04:23:01 PM
I've seen this team before.
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07/17/2005 02:48:05 AM
wow! best soccer phot yet!
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07/15/2005 10:32:22 PM
Jáááá, þessi er nokkuð góð. Hefði samt viljað hafa boltan aðeins nær action-inu þar sem maður á erfitt með að átta sig svona fyrst hvernig málin standa á þessari mynd. Hver fór í hvern? Af hverju er þetta gras allt þarna? Hvernig kom það til? og svo framvegis. En ég býst við því að vélin sjálf hafi misst af því momenti, kannast við það vandarmál :)
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07/15/2005 11:01:45 AM
Awesome image! love it!
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07/15/2005 06:56:58 AM
top-shot! fully expect to see this on the front page. the great colors really make this (in addition to the spot-on camera work).
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07/15/2005 05:18:48 AM
This just leap at me from the thumbnails, brilliant capture. 10
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07/14/2005 06:13:28 PM
What a great capture of a great moment! I like everything about this - what's not to like?
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07/14/2005 11:30:36 AM
That is some fast glass.
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07/14/2005 10:58:31 AM
i just can't believe this, it's so eye catching, the colors, the expressions, good job.
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07/14/2005 09:32:29 AM
Great shot right on time :) 9 here
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07/14/2005 09:28:52 AM
Wow, these guys are really kicking up some turf!
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07/14/2005 07:59:12 AM
Very colorful and DOF is nice. Stop action is good.
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07/14/2005 06:24:29 AM
Very cool shot Comp is good exp is great and detail is awesome. I really like this pic
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07/13/2005 11:17:32 PM
Sports Illustrated quality image. 10
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07/13/2005 07:27:58 PM
Whew! That is action. I think this is a great shot. Bravo! The flying turf really clinches it.
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07/13/2005 07:06:06 PM
Cool shot! I love how you got everyone up in the air at the same time, too. Nicely composed and great colors.
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07/13/2005 06:01:28 PM
Great capture. Almost looks like a dance recital (hip-hop)!!!!
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07/13/2005 12:13:14 PM
incredible image, fantasic capture 10
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07/13/2005 09:15:03 AM
dancing in unison? hahaa

nice work
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07/13/2005 04:28:05 AM
Wow the symmetry here is great, expecting good things (top 3) from this photo! The grass adds much more interest to a normal football action photo - well done!
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07/13/2005 01:22:21 AM
golly so many good and similar soccer shots
this one is the best ive voted on so far
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07/13/2005 01:13:40 AM
great shot! love how you can see the kicked up grass 8
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07/13/2005 12:46:44 AM
One for the grass...Perfect capture: 8
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07/13/2005 12:37:41 AM
Very exciting shot. Love the action. The action and the reactions you have captured are superb.
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