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trnqlty


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Challenge: Free Study XII (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Location: Boone, NC
Date: Aug 24, 2006
Aperture: f8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/60
Galleries: Sports, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Aug 28, 2006

Shot for an article about Justin Woazeah. Wanted something new and different than an archived action shot that usually gets used. Lit with a flash on a sync cord a few feet to my left. Vignetted the image, did some dodging and burning on his face, skin and the ball. Created two different layers of blur, one on the seats right behind him and a stronger one on the skybox. Sharpen and save for web.

Statistics
Place: 15 out of 684
Avg (all users): 6.7939
Avg (commenters): 7.9250
Avg (participants): 6.8660
Avg (non-participants): 6.5094
Views since voting: 2627
Views during voting: 374
Votes: 262
Comments: 51
Favorites: 9 (view)


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11/13/2006 11:26:11 AM
Excellent!!
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09/14/2006 03:28:56 PM
15th, not bad for amatuer hour, especially out of alittle less than 700 pics, i,ll get down and catch a game sometime,letch you know when, maybe i'll show ya how to use that camera of yours...
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09/13/2006 07:22:22 PM
Critique Club Review:

Impressive photo! This picture tells and entire story. Definetly a good demonstration of a picture being work 1,000 words.

There are only two things that come to mind here. The helmet position does make it look more like a commerical ad. A player would likely have a helmet alongside themselves, as opposed to at their feet where it could get knocked off the bench. And, though you did a great job of isolating him with focus and lighting, the stadium comes across flat enough, that I could almost take it for a printed backdrop in a photo parlour.

Still these are two minor points. I really like this picture, and congratulations on cracking the top 20.
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09/11/2006 03:49:42 PM
Originally posted by trnqlty:

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Great, great choice on the black and white! Nothing against the color version but the black and white just enhances the tones and mood of the image so much better.
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09/11/2006 09:14:01 AM
i gave it a nine, it's an awesome sports portrait.
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09/10/2006 11:59:28 PM
A wonderful study. Congratulations on your top twenty finish.

Message edited by author 2006-09-11 00:44:33.
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09/08/2006 07:17:16 PM
Here's the orginal in case anyone is curious ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/19311/thumb/393094.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/19311/thumb/393094.jpg', '/') + 1) . '



Message edited by author 2006-09-08 19:18:42.
09/08/2006 04:57:39 PM
Congratulations on your top 20 finish. Very good shot!
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09/08/2006 09:46:43 AM
Should've placed higher IMO, but I have to admit there were a LOT of awesome pictures in this challenge. This being one of them.
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09/08/2006 09:39:29 AM
Holy cow. I didn't get a chance to vote on this challenge, but this is one of the most spectacular environmental portraits that I've ever seen. A beautiful character study, as well as a fine art image. Congrats.
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09/08/2006 03:28:55 AM
I love this shot. The tones and the composition. Wow...this is one I will look up to.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/07/2006 11:18:53 PM
Very nice shot and love the stadium up behind him, it's a little flat in the tones though.
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09/07/2006 10:05:07 PM
This kid will keep this image forever. Very nice capture very well done. Maybe a touch of levels/curves to allow him to PoP! more from the bleaches. But very nice.
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09/07/2006 09:02:55 PM
Bizarre-looking dof but great composition.
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09/07/2006 07:22:43 PM
I like that you chose to do this in black and white. Nice focus and depth of field.
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09/07/2006 07:07:45 PM
convincing
good one
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09/07/2006 05:14:29 PM
good work on the PP. great effect to isolate the subject. 8
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09/07/2006 02:16:06 PM
wonderful, and i photograph schools for aliving! WOW a 10!
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09/07/2006 01:47:02 PM
The way the vignetting and bg blur works to focus attention on the main subject is great. Also the repetition of the stands adds a lot of depth, that way focussing even more attention on the person in front. Really like the choice for b&w and the quality of the tone and contrast. Only very slight minus are the very light shadows on the right and behind the helmet.
Very cool.
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09/07/2006 12:17:09 PM
One of my favorite shots in the challenge. Very contemplative, emotional shot. Composition is great. Think using the stands for the background was a good choice.
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09/07/2006 10:21:47 AM
This is a really beautiful photo - I don't know if it's the DOF or the symmetry, but this is one of my all time favorites.
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09/07/2006 06:14:46 AM
great black and white and a gorgeous DOF 9
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09/06/2006 09:47:22 PM
very intersting shot! i love the b&w...sweet! 10
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09/06/2006 12:59:49 PM
very sports ilustrated feature story, but I find myself liking it any way. 8
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09/06/2006 06:15:35 AM
Very, very nice shot. I could totally see this as an ad for like, sporting equipment or something. Great job!
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09/05/2006 05:33:22 PM
One of my favourites from this free study. Understated, but compelling.
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09/05/2006 02:31:12 PM
Very nice PP on this to isolate the subject but keep the backdrop integral. Great job!
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09/05/2006 01:42:36 PM
Nice job, great lighting. The only suggestion and it is only a suggestion is remove the helmet from the shot. Helmet centered perfectly makes this look really set up. Someone contiplating something wouldn't appear quite as stagged. You have the expression in his face, don't draw my attention away from it with the helmet.
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09/04/2006 03:51:43 PM
great shot. i love the vignetting and the conversion is just perfect!
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09/04/2006 07:24:30 AM
Oh wow, excellent shot. If this his senior shot, then he will love it. Tells such a great story. B/w was a great idea for this shot. It gives it so much more impact and makes timeless.
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09/03/2006 10:40:29 PM
Great composition and use of B/W. The DOF works well with this shot.
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09/03/2006 09:56:11 PM
Well done.
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09/03/2006 09:12:38 PM
i really like this photo - it says a lot. Well composed good lighting. Could easily hang in a locker room witht the title of "determination" or "perseverance" "Dedication" any of the sort. well done 8. only thing I would change would be to clone out the trees in the upper left to gain some symmetry.
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09/03/2006 02:00:40 PM
Yep! Super.
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09/03/2006 11:45:30 AM
Something you would expect to see in the pages of a sports magazine, better yet the cover. Very cool shot! 10
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09/03/2006 10:18:05 AM
I really like the mood, perspective and tones in this! The symmetry is great - I just wish that is was level - which I find VERY important with a shot so symmetrical.
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09/02/2006 08:31:05 PM
awesome 10
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09/02/2006 08:11:46 PM
I think the centered composition works very well here.
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09/02/2006 04:24:58 PM
tilted but still very cool. has wow factor. 9
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09/02/2006 03:54:50 PM
well, here the image work. there are only two small problems. 1) see in the lower side of the image it's obliquos perhaps for an incorrect position of the photographer 2) a bit over exposed on the top (on the righr where start the building) 3) in advanced editing you can clone out the tree on the left. I like the choice for an black and white. 8.
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09/02/2006 11:51:25 AM
Really like this. Feel its tilted to one side but you probably have a million comments on that. Excellent portrait and the vignetting works very well here. Tonal range excellent and conversion well done. DOF enhances focus. 9 - good luck in the challenge!
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09/02/2006 11:39:49 AM
Great foreground but is the background straight?
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09/02/2006 12:40:23 AM
I saw this recently... liked it then, too. Interesting perspective.
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09/01/2006 11:40:32 PM
funny tones bad shadows wish crop would have been tighter around player
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09/01/2006 10:09:16 AM
Great symmetry. Love the geometric and human mix. Nice.
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09/01/2006 09:35:20 AM
Overall this is a great composition! I LOVE the position of the elements not to mention the poise of the model and he sits there holding the football and contemplating on a past game or a game about to be played (and I am not a big fan of watching sports:-) ). The expression on his face is perfect - he is lost deep in thought and the viewer knows that it is because he is getting his "head in the game". Lighting and B&W tones are spot on and fantastic on this photo. My only critique on this photo is that you could have cropped it closer. The building in the background behind him does nothing for the overall composition - it is a distraction. You want to keep the focus on your main subject which is this football player lost in thought.
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09/01/2006 09:25:31 AM
What a wonderful conceptual idea...love the shadows and highlites..great!!!
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09/01/2006 07:03:39 AM
Nice image - try cropping to just below the railings, then he really jumps out at you!
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09/01/2006 04:56:03 AM
Very nice and an excellent choice for black & white.
Certainly a priceless memory for this athlete, one to cherish for decades.
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09/01/2006 02:15:23 AM
fantastic image. great contrast, light and dof. 10.
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09/01/2006 01:41:05 AM
superb study...love the editing and the composition is superb...wonderful! 8
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