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Nicky Hayden, winner of the Dutch TT MotoGP
3rd PlaceNicky Hayden, winner of the Dutch TT MotoGP
Azrifel


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Motion Blur II (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR DG IF-ED
Location: TT-circuit, Assen, The Netherlands
Date: Jun 22, 2006
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/250s
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Jun 24, 2006

Woot! Didn't really expect another ribbon, but I am so happy with it. :)
Thanks for all your comments and votes.

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Nicky Hayden (USA) on his '06 Repsol Honda RC211V during the 2nd practice session on thursday at the Dutch TT MotoGP race. On saturday (raceday) he won the MotoGP race and is now 47 points clear of the next challenger in the championship (Hayden leads it). It is his first race win in 4 years outside of the USA and puts him well on his way to win the 2006 title. For those unfamiliar with MotoGP: It is the F1 of motorcycle racing, Repsol Honda is the official Honda factory team, a bike like this makes about 260bhp out of a 990cc displacement with a top speed of about 220mph.

It was very hard to select a photo for this challenge. I've got numerous photos that show more motion blur than this. But I liked this one for several reasons:
* He won the race
* The diagonal flows of the track, bike and body position
* You can see his face and determination

Many riders ride with smoke screens and I am personally not a fan of that.

So, for this challenge I chose something with less motion blur than I could (I have about 100 pinsharp panned shots with more blur than this), but I chose something that I liked. Methinks that it will be butchered for lack of motion blur and lack of knowledge about the sport, but so be it.

I will add a lot of other photos to my portfolio later.
On Anastasia's advice (she adviced me to shoot in M always) I have shot everything in Manual. Worked out quite well, so I'll do it more often. Thanks Nasti.

Editing:
Nikon Capture (open NEF 3694)
- Color Mode III
- Saturation Enhanced
- Sent to Photoshop as 16 bit tiff

Photoshop CS2
- cropped pretty tight because the Distance was quite far
- Curves
- color balance +yellow +green
- Contrast USM
- Contrast +
- Resample to 640 wide
- USM 100% 0.3px

Date: 22.06.2006 at 13:09:04
Aperture: f 7,1
Shutter speed: 1/250 s
Program: M - Manual
Zoom: 300 mm KB (200,0 mm Real)
Image Quality: RAW
Focus Mode: AF-C
Record Mode: Single shot

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 177
Avg (all users): 6.7919
Avg (commenters): 8.2609
Avg (participants): 6.6081
Avg (non-participants): 6.9024
Views since voting: 8124
Views during voting: 384
Votes: 197
Comments: 59
Favorites: 9 (view)


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10/12/2006 09:18:03 PM
Makes the viewer lose his balance. Super cool capture! Congratulations on your Yellow!
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07/07/2006 08:45:53 PM
hae there great shot, i no im abit late doesnt change the fact that it is a great shot im only 14 but i no talent when i see it text
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07/07/2006 03:05:42 PM
Great capture indeed. Congrats on your ribbon.
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07/07/2006 02:33:45 PM
Your colors are so nice. The decals are super sharp. What a difficult shot.
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07/07/2006 11:34:57 AM
Yay! Another ribbon! Congrats on this one. This is a great shot!
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07/06/2006 05:46:33 PM
Gefeliciteerd met de 3e plaats, Sander. Geweldige foto! Cheers :)
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07/05/2006 11:50:31 PM
Challenge or not, that is a great motorsports shot. Anytime you can get them at speed and can see the pilots face and particularly eyes, you have captured a great racing shot.
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07/04/2006 07:38:31 PM
Congratulations!! Awesome shot and well deserving of your ribbon!
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07/04/2006 05:52:07 PM
Way to go Az! Congrats!
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07/04/2006 10:30:21 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon! Great shot!
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07/04/2006 05:32:44 AM
Excellent work! Cangrats on your ribbon!
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07/04/2006 03:01:07 AM
Wow That is an excellent capture. You take the viewer for a ride.
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07/03/2006 03:37:48 PM
This photo is amazing.
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07/03/2006 03:18:55 PM
Wow! Facial expression, color, angles and the winner. Did you take great photos and enjoy the race? Thank you for sharing.
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07/03/2006 12:42:07 PM
Very nice photo. Nicky is from my hometown of Owensboro, KY.
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07/03/2006 12:06:20 PM
One of my favorites of the challenge Zander. Excellent capture!
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07/03/2006 10:06:32 AM
This should of been the first... but I think third is better than 4th :)

Excellent shot... I envy you ;)
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07/03/2006 09:40:12 AM
congrats met de ereloge
verdomd mooi plaatje!
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07/03/2006 09:05:39 AM
Originally posted by Larus:

...was close though, my friday afternoon score would have beaten you both :)


:)
My score was close to 6.9 for much of the week, until I lost more than a tenth in only a couple of votes, it hovered around 6.77 after that.

07/03/2006 07:50:20 AM
Super shot, congratulations on your yellow ribbon.
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07/03/2006 04:23:14 AM
Congrats dude, I can say the same about this shot as Alex Saberis, think it was better than mine and deserved the ribbon over it, was close though, my friday afternoon score would have beaten you both :)
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07/03/2006 03:21:18 AM
Whooohooo Sander Van harte gefeliciteerd. Daar gaan we een Vodka op drinken!!!!
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07/03/2006 02:37:04 AM
super! zeer verdiende 3e plaats (hoewel 1 of 2 ook zeer verdiend was natuurlijk ;))

congrats!
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07/03/2006 02:21:33 AM
Originally posted by texaskev:

Great shot! How hard was it to get track side access?


At Assen they have a new kind of stand. It hangs over the kitty litter and doesn't have a fence. As a result you get very close to the action with unobstructed view, but when a rider crashes he slides into the gravel underneath the stand. Real trackside access is near impossible in MotoGP.

07/03/2006 01:41:03 AM
I thought this one might win too! Awesome photo! Congratulations!

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07/03/2006 01:34:42 AM
Congrats on another ribbon for you, and thanks for sharing the very interesting info about the shot.
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07/03/2006 01:13:11 AM
Congratulations on your yellow. Great focus and blur.
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07/03/2006 12:55:11 AM
Congrats. The color is just pooring out of my monitor as I look at this. :P
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07/03/2006 12:44:43 AM
congradulations on your ribbon!
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07/03/2006 12:20:42 AM
Congrats on your yellow. Perfect focus.
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07/03/2006 12:15:43 AM
Great shot! How hard was it to get track side access?
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07/03/2006 12:12:52 AM
Fantastic shot! Congratulations on 3rd place. Well-deserved ribbon. :-)
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07/03/2006 12:11:14 AM
Excellent shot and a worthy ribbon winner Zander...this is a perfect example of a great motorbike action shot
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07/03/2006 12:11:10 AM
Certainly the best of the motorcycle shots :-) Congrats on your ribbon!
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07/03/2006 12:08:24 AM
YAY!! congrats, hon...this is an excellent shot! you rock! *hug*
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/02/2006 11:18:48 PM
great shot, I really like this!
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07/02/2006 09:29:52 PM
Classic motorcycle shot. Nice color, and a clear capture. Very well done.
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07/02/2006 07:16:46 PM
Nice color and clarity.
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07/02/2006 02:51:25 AM
Great. Love it.

This one captures just about the right amount of rotational blur in the wheels to complement the directional blur of the background.

It's a shot that's been done a million times before, of course. But this one is exceptionally well done, to my eye.

I wonder, though, whether the reds are maybe just a bit overcooked? I'd have to see it with the reds toned down a little to decide...
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07/01/2006 04:25:37 PM
This is the money shot! Nice capture.
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06/30/2006 10:43:06 AM
Excellent shot.
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06/30/2006 12:53:11 AM
Beautifully done.
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06/29/2006 10:39:56 PM
Nice!
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06/28/2006 04:37:51 PM
The best motorcycle photo in the challenge. The tight crop works well for this shot. The white edge of the track in the top right of the frame is a bot overexposed. This tends to draw the viewers eye away from the subject. Overall a good shot. 8
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06/28/2006 07:41:13 AM
Awesome colours and perfect clarity. My first 10 for this challenge.
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06/27/2006 09:10:07 PM
Yeah, I love these classic racing shots... great work!
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06/27/2006 03:37:18 PM
Nice and sharp, you can see the eyes and read all the detail on the bike, the wheels are blurred and the backround too. Nicely done.
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06/27/2006 12:57:01 PM
VERY crisp, VERY clean, I love the colors, the placement, everything, this is great!
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06/27/2006 09:37:20 AM
nice crop, nice detail. good luck.
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06/27/2006 07:46:34 AM
Well done. I'd like to see a little more space to the left.
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06/27/2006 02:08:23 AM
Another great motorcycle shot. 9.
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06/27/2006 01:42:41 AM
you're motorcycle is better than mine - wish I had a motoGP in town this week! :-D 9 Enjoy your ribbon!
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06/27/2006 12:22:18 AM
This is just amazing... Perfect! 10
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06/26/2006 07:48:32 PM
Excelent capture nice composition and good color
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06/26/2006 02:06:47 PM
I like the angle and composition of this one, and you managed to catch the intensity in the eyes. I imagine that's a tought thing to do in this type of photo! Great photo!
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06/26/2006 11:47:00 AM
Very speedy and nicely composed. Motorcycle shots are to motion blur as flowers are to bokeh. 7.
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06/26/2006 02:57:28 AM
These bikes are always cool looking. Great job capturing it.
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06/26/2006 12:49:50 AM
Fantastic shot. Great job panning on this one.
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06/26/2006 12:08:32 AM
Nothing but a 10 from me-- great pan- super saturation on the red/orange without going overvoard, great photo..
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