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"Hockey in Motion"
"Hockey in Motion"

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Challenge: Action Shot (Advanced Editing I*)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi
Location: World Arena, Colorado Springs
Date: Jan 2, 2004
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/45
Galleries: Sports
Date Uploaded: Jan 4, 2004

Colorado College Hockey Game against Wayne St.
CC 7,Wayne St. 1!!
--color adjust
--cropped the ref out
--sharpened a tad

Place: 34 out of 97
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Views since voting: 993
Votes: 155
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01/18/2004 06:48:53 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
Great action in this particular scene. The left player could be sharper and the image somehow comes short in colour and crispness.

There is no sport with more "Action" than hockey, so you selected an excellent topic. Also how the image is cropped is well done: enough space on the left so that the player in focus can move somewhere and just right at the right side, showing the blurred player rushing into the scene. Top and bottom also well cropped.
Also taking away the referee was a good choice: it reduces the elements the viewer has to look at to the minimum.
So content- and compositional-wise very well done.

Camera work -technically
Panning works just great and focus seems to be good too. You probably did the best that can be done regarding the exposure in this complicated light situation: the left player is a little dark, but a higher EV-setting would lead to a loss in the details on the ice. So also well done here.

Digital Processing - Technical
To me you could have improved the image digitally by selective sharpening of the left player and applying a bit of blur to the rest of the image. In this way you could have lost the graininess of the background too. I tried to apply "smart-sharpening" to the image and also blurred the back: works well, although it does not make a completely different image, just strengthen its intention.
If you are interested, I can show you the result.

Fits the challenge
Yeah, the image does it very well.

Good luck for your further submissions
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/09/2004 02:35:29 AM
Yeah, it´s a fantastic sport picture. I really love the motion sensation. 7
01/07/2004 01:29:41 PM
easy to see the action in this shot
01/06/2004 09:58:21 PM
Too bad you didn't get a pic of a good fight...now thats hockey!!! :)
01/05/2004 12:34:23 AM
Great shot! I got a few at a recent Pittsburgh Penguins game, but sitting in peanut heaven didn't really help my attempts. Nice job at freezing the player

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