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Misunderstanding Gravity
Misunderstanding Gravity

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Challenge: Misunderstanding (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D40X
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4.0-5.6G ED
Location: Bardonecchia, It
Date: Feb 17, 2008
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: ISO-100
Shutter: 1/1429 sec
Galleries: Sports, Textures
Date Uploaded: Feb 17, 2008

This is on the Olympic half pipe in Bardonecchia in Italy.

PP. Tonemapped with Photomatix, crop, rotate, sharpen, border, save for web.

Place: 21 out of 75
Avg (all users): 5.7513
Avg (commenters): 6.6667
Avg (participants): 5.4872
Avg (non-participants): 5.8165
Views since voting: 1466
Views during voting: 476
Votes: 197
Comments: 14
Favorites: 2 (view)

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04/15/2008 12:51:15 AM
i'm revisiting this picture after having fav'd it a whiles back. I still think to be a tremendous shot despite a few minor technical short-comings.
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03/01/2008 10:08:39 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club :)

Overall I think this image is a good one but with some planning and a little editing it could have been better. Letís start with planning.

I think that what you wanted to show here was the fact that the skier is in the air and Gravity should be pulling him down any minute right? Well with a little more planning you could have really captured him a bit more in the air or maybe shot it from a different angle to really make him stand out and show the height or empty space between him and the ground.

IMO the photo is a bit under exposed. I see that you processed it Photomatix but I'm not really sure why. Reason I say this is Snow is a very white and reflects light very well. Shooting snow is much like shooting the sun, (in some cases). For this one I think itís possible that youíre camera settings were a little off. I can see why you shot at ISO 100 but to allow a little more light I would have shot at ISO 200 or even higher and slowed the shutter down some.

Another thing you could have done if you didnít was over expose the photo and actually create an HDR image from the NEF file. Anyway IMO the over all photo should have been a little brighter.

Iím also having a hard time seeing how our camera shot this and the BG was still in focus at F/5.6, I think I would have blurred the BG and try to get rid of some of the other trails. IMO this would have really put more focus on the skier and make me spend more time looking at him instead of everything else in the BG.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to PM me.
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02/25/2008 09:24:50 PM
Superb - I love it. All of what annig said. Wonderful seense of movement. Shame I didn't vote.
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02/25/2008 08:15:47 AM
awesome POV and image! those lines around the halfpipe are great! wow! to be able to ski in Italia! *sigh*
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02/25/2008 07:31:25 AM
this picture is very underrated IMO, very nice capture and interesting composition
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/23/2008 05:06:21 AM
cool shot, great composition
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02/20/2008 01:10:12 PM
Looks like a very hard action to capture, I think to work with the title a more over the top jump, perhaps just by having rotated this pic would have made a stronger point? Hope I made sense 6
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02/19/2008 12:05:20 PM
The problem here is that His pants are falling off his butt. This will cause him to crash and then get ice burns on his bottom. I recomend pulling up the pants and then trying the same jump.
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02/19/2008 10:52:17 AM
Nice shot. I think the b/w works well here. But stuck on the concept.
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02/18/2008 09:04:20 PM
Silly skier- don't they realize this a snowboarders paradise!! nice lines and interesting capture.
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02/18/2008 07:57:30 PM
Great capture, 7.
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02/18/2008 05:42:30 PM
How did this end? Great image.
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02/18/2008 08:43:42 AM
What a downer! :}
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02/18/2008 05:16:36 AM
Great composition. Light seems a little flat with the grey snow - could be the camera underexposing due to all of the white in the pic?
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