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Two Outs, Bottom of the Ninth
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EddyG


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Monuments (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
Location: Detroit, MI
Date: Aug 24, 2003
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/800 sec
Galleries: Sports, Vintage
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2003

A stainless steel sculpture of Detroit Tiger great Hal Newhouser located at Comerica Park.

This shot is pretty much direct from the camera with a bit of cropping and a touch of USM after resizing. Taken handheld with the Canon 70-200/f2.8L IS at 120mm.

This was a challenging shot to compose because of all the advertising around the scoreboard -- that is the reason why 1) you are only seeing a part of the sculpture and 2) the cropping is so tight on the left and right. (If you look under the left armpit, you can see a bit of the big red 'Budweiser' sign that is underneath the 64' x 34' scoreboard.)

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Place: 1 out of 96
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Votes: 128
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09/02/2003 02:07:58 PM
Very nice job Eddy! I love shots like this. A well deserved win.
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09/02/2003 06:08:46 AM
incredible picture. breathless composition. congratulations..
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09/01/2003 05:45:10 PM
Congratulations! Good job - I love the tight crop.
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09/01/2003 04:38:45 PM
I always enjoy to see my favorite photo win!
Congratz Eddy!
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09/01/2003 01:07:31 PM
You mentioned that the crop was very tight (with good reason), but I wonder if perhaps a boarder could have given it more breathing room?
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09/01/2003 11:05:40 AM
very nice work eddy. congrats.
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09/01/2003 10:26:42 AM
all: Thanks for all the comments! It is pretty exciting to win my first ribbon.

marbo: good job on noticing the cobweb! There are actually two of them, one above and one below his leg, both attached to his foot. I didn't notice them while looking through the viewfinder -- it wasn't until I got home and downloaded the pics that they showed up. I wouldn't have been able to do anything about them anyway, since the sculptures are on pedestals, well out of reach.

kiwiness: the 70-200/2.8L IS is my favorite lens by far!

Message edited by author 2003-09-01 10:33:54.
09/01/2003 10:09:28 AM
Man I want that Canon 70-200/2.8L lens!
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09/01/2003 05:36:53 AM
Congrats :) Very nice photo
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09/01/2003 02:23:50 AM
Congrats on the first place, well done.
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09/01/2003 12:45:47 AM
Well done, great shot.
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09/01/2003 12:04:15 AM
Congrats on the ribbon. Great shot :)
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09/01/2003 12:01:45 AM
GLad to see this one do well! Great work!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2003 10:59:34 PM
Very nice with the score board in the background.
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08/31/2003 10:21:09 PM
My Favorite in the group!! Excellent composition-- 10+++
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08/31/2003 05:30:06 PM
I was expecting something from Yankee Stadium. Well-lit without glare; I might have laft it a little darker, or get the background darker so it would look more obviously like a night game, and isolate the figure.
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08/31/2003 02:19:23 PM
My favorite of the challenge. Excellent composition, the scoreboard in the background makes this shot work. Very sharp and clean, you can even see a cobweb under the leg. Deserves a ribbon 10 +
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08/31/2003 06:57:25 AM
This is very interesting. I like how the screboard was incorporated into the background with just enough sharp focus to tell what it is.
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08/30/2003 05:28:01 PM
The best. You should win!!!!! This is an excellent shot.
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08/30/2003 04:42:39 PM
Nice crop. Perfect use of DoF, retians the scoreboard as an element of the photo, not totally blurrred, but emphasizes the subject. Diffuse light is very nice. A sunny day would have been bad news for this shot!
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08/29/2003 11:39:44 PM
Great composition. I think a little less sharpen and a boost to the contrast would give this a more powerful feeling to an already powerful image.
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08/29/2003 10:10:49 PM
I love the focus and the composition. The background is perfect, too. Congratulations!
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08/29/2003 05:29:05 PM
Great job making the best use of the background! I think that's the key to this particular challenge.
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08/28/2003 10:17:04 PM
Super. Super. Super. DOF is especially nice 9
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08/28/2003 03:12:28 PM
I love this shot. As a baseball fan it coverst both the past and present. I love the detail, and I love the subject. Coming in spikes high...The only two things that get me are the left foot (because of the light sky, the spikes dissapear) and it feels slightly sharp. 9
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08/27/2003 05:29:56 PM
Outstanding clarity! Contrast is good except for left edge behind scoreboard. Perhaps an evening photo or an angle 30degrees west would have perfected this.
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08/26/2003 11:54:08 AM
I really like the framing on the left side of this, but wish I could see more of the lower right, Well lit. Good luck.
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08/26/2003 05:34:26 AM
Nice perspective and good DOF!
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08/26/2003 12:58:44 AM
Love the angle of this shot. 10
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08/25/2003 08:17:32 PM
Great DOF. I love the composition on this. I think I'ld like a tad more space to the left of the shoe but not sure you could do that without doing more harm than good (making the head to close to the right edge for example).
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08/25/2003 05:39:51 PM
The composition with the lit scoreboard in the background really makes this photo. Good contrast. Wonderful photo. 9
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08/25/2003 04:24:01 PM
I wonder if you took a step to the left, to get only the score board in the background how it would be. I think you would have a much stronger image, perhaps try cropping out the 'lines' on the sides?
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08/25/2003 03:25:36 PM
Outstanding! This has that "wow" factor and is easily one of my favorites this challenge. Using the scoreboard as a backdrop is inspired.
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08/25/2003 11:12:38 AM
nice shot and nice angle
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08/25/2003 10:31:49 AM
WOW! Amazing use of depth.
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08/25/2003 10:31:34 AM
I like the background a lot
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08/25/2003 10:17:33 AM
beautiful work... I hope to see this shot among the winners :) = 10
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08/25/2003 08:35:25 AM
This is very good. The whole composition is ideal. The gray tones of the statue are highlighted extremely well through the background and shallow DOF
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08/25/2003 06:25:17 AM
Beautiful composition. I like the way you crop this one. Sometimes cropping out the whole statue takes away from the image, but I think this one works. The facial expression is captured and it shows him facing where he is going to pitch to. Great depth of field. Really bring the statue alive.
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08/25/2003 01:59:10 AM
very cool. nice depth of field. the scoreboard is the perfect backdrop too - good eye.
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08/25/2003 01:05:12 AM
I think the background really makes this image. The monument is great, dont get me wrong here, and the crop, which doesnt seem to work at first, actually doesnt really do anything too negative to the image, but coupled with the background it really tells a story.
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08/25/2003 12:30:18 AM
Wow! Stunning! 10 -danny
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08/25/2003 12:23:07 AM
Great shot, good use of a shallow DOF to make an interesting background.
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