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"The Break"
"The Break"

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Challenge: Sound (Classic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-10
Location: Tracy, CA
Date: May 31, 2003
Aperture: f:5
ISO: 80
Shutter: 2seconds
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: May 27, 2003

There is nothing like the sound of a solid break in the game of pool. This was taken with a flash to stop the initial action of the break combined with a long enough exposure to capture the rapid movement of the balls in the aftermath.

Place: 10 out of 96
Avg (all users): 6.4922
Avg (commenters): 7.3529
Avg (participants): 6.4928
Avg (non-participants): 6.4915
Views since voting: 1650
Votes: 128
Comments: 20
Favorites: 1 (view)

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06/11/2003 06:05:30 PM
Unfortunately, I know from experience that there's also nothing quite like the crackle of a loose rack either.
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06/11/2003 09:24:44 AM
I send a thank you to every one that took the time to make comments on this shot. To get it I made an extension for my tripod that would position my camers over the rack. I had my son (his table) break and I would snap the shutter. After many times this is what we got. His table is green and my poor lighting caused it to come out blue. We had some very harsh light coming from a window and after I got it blocked out I had a low light condition.
With your suggestions I plan to go back and do some more.
Thanks again,
06/10/2003 11:48:04 PM
*Critique Club*

Very interesting image, like everyone else says I can also hear the break. I do agree with many of the comments this would have been a wonderful motion photo also.

The focus and dof are good on this. I tend to agree about the blue of the pool table most are green but I have seen a few blue ones, and I am thinking the lack of lighting after the intial flash is the reason for the deepness of the blue table and the balls being a little dark.

Overall it is a good shot and there isn't a lot you can do to improve on it, but if there is any kind of a motion challenge in the near future I'd do it again if I were you =o)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/08/2003 10:34:24 PM
Super stop motion photo. Unique idea for sound, too. I like it lots!
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06/08/2003 08:52:47 PM
I can hear the classic sound of the cue ball hitting the racked balls. Very well done.
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06/08/2003 07:54:45 PM
Nice concept, but a diffused or bounced flash would have been better
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06/06/2003 06:30:54 PM
love the motion blurs. Really great composition, and nice colours. :)
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06/06/2003 06:45:02 AM
Sounds everywhere. 8 Morgan
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06/04/2003 02:23:44 PM
Flash and long exposure? Looks very nice - action is good! 8
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06/04/2003 02:48:25 AM
Okay, that, that is cool. A very distinctive sound, yes. The motion capture is very interesting looking. Where on earth did you find a BLUE pool table? (Or is that some amount of colour adjustment? I notice the oranges and reds aren't as sharply red as I might expect either so I'm suspecting it may be.)
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06/03/2003 05:25:33 PM
How did this happen ? Cue didn't touch....lol
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06/02/2003 11:31:37 PM
Very cool. Is this a double exposure kind of thing (with 2 flashes). Great lighting.
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06/02/2003 08:46:02 PM
This shot would have been more effective if a flash was fired on second curtain, here it seems that the balls are moving into the group and not away from the group which, I realise, was you intention!
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06/02/2003 05:04:31 PM
now that's a good break..I don't do well myself. ..makes for a nice composition.(7)
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06/02/2003 01:29:13 PM
This is just a suberbly executed shot! If I had any complaint, it would be with the blue felt (instead of green). 9
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06/02/2003 10:44:52 AM
Great idea and shot, no pun intended. It portrays motion better than sound, but still a great shot!
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06/02/2003 09:35:46 AM
10 for concept, 8 for execution: 9 overall. :-> A little more drama in the colorst/lighting might well have pumped it a bit higher, but still, very good. I hear the photo (which is my major grading criteria for this contest), and it's an appealing image overall. Love the combination of blurs and crisp/sharp focus.
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06/02/2003 02:51:13 AM
i looove long shutter speed pool shots (i've taken many!) This is an interesting angle for one that i've never tried. Were you strattling the balls? (no pun intended). The blue felt is pretty cool too. nice work.
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06/02/2003 01:22:26 AM
Excellent timing and good contrast 10 from me!
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06/02/2003 01:17:10 AM
Great lighting and good use of shutter speed. Great angle. Good luck!
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