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Ball Games: Enough To Make A Grown Man Cry!
Ball Games: Enough To Make A Grown Man Cry!

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Games II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Sigma 100-300mm F/4.0 EX IF HSM for Nikon
Location: The Melbourne Cricket Ground AFL Round 6
Date: Apr 27, 2008
Aperture: F4
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/640
Galleries: Sports, Action
Date Uploaded: Apr 27, 2008

The Image: My team Hawthorn (striped jumper) defeated the Richmond Tigers at The MCG. A win, but not a great win. I was in a front seat on the boundary and took my usual 400 or so images. This one stood out as quirky. Wish the composition was a bit more to the right, but this is action photography.

The Edit: Levels, USM, black and white conversion with a couple of adjustments in the yellow and green areas. Noise Ninja adjustment layer, some more levels and curve adjustments. Ended up with some nice tones.

The Prediction: Perhaps a 6.4? I guess people will recognise this as one of mine and I am not sure how they will vote. Maybe 6.4 is ambitious...

Post Challenge: Well it exceeded my expectations, so that's nice for a change. Great to get a HM. Thanks everyone for the votes and comments.

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Place: 5 out of 123
Avg (all users): 6.8483
Avg (commenters): 8.0769
Avg (participants): 6.8596
Avg (non-participants): 6.8430
Views since voting: 3796
Views during voting: 333
Votes: 178
Comments: 25
Favorites: 1 (view)

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05/11/2008 10:52:22 AM
*Critique Club*
This is a tough shot to critique as there is very little, if anything, wrong with it.

The black and white treatment is done well and the details, from the sweat in the black stripe of one uniform to the tatoo and muscle tone of other players, are all excellent.

I think you did a great job with the title, as it helps the viewer see what you want them to see. It took a good minute or two before I caught the events happening to the right. Seems like another story unfolding there. While twister would have included everyone in the shot, your title was powerful enough to keep the viewer focused on your primary subject, not always easy when taking shots of this type.

The expressions captured were also great, I especially like the one of the player coming up in the middle, it is almost like he is saying what every male viewer is thinking!!

Some things I noticed after looking long and hard, the railing banner is a bit askew - I noticed that in most of your outakes it is fairly level - does it hurt anything - no.

There is some noise in the background and the blur seems a bit much - but on the other hand, there are several "points" of light that actually work as a "frame" around your main subjects.

I might have liked it cropped in a bit on the left side (removing those two players), as is though it is good and only a minor distraction!!

Overall, after years of watching and playing American football (both organized and without pads) it makes me want to check this game out.
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05/06/2008 11:41:03 PM
I'm failing to see how this didn't make it in the top 4.
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05/06/2008 12:05:20 AM
Great work Enzo. I liked your outtakes too. Congrats on your top 5 position.
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05/05/2008 09:40:50 AM
excellent stop action withh so much to look at...geat image & Sweet finish! Congrats!
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05/05/2008 09:22:27 AM
Enzo, congrats on 5th place with this perfect image. I love it.
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05/05/2008 08:06:45 AM
Congrats on your 5th, Enzo! Excellently captured!
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05/05/2008 07:22:52 AM
SO, SO close Enzo, and a wonderful sporting image here thats for sure..... A great result, but I would have liked to see this one with a ribbon.....
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05/05/2008 07:19:36 AM
Congrats on the high finish Enzo
the hawks games are a dead giveaway for you lol

btw tell them to be nice when they play the bombers PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE its gonna be a long season for some
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05/05/2008 07:12:28 AM
Congratulations on your HM, this shot was perfect for this challenge and in every other way!
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05/05/2008 07:03:28 AM
You are into the action. Well done, great DOF and BW. Congrats for HM Enzo. Ciao :)
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05/05/2008 06:52:29 AM
OUCH! that's a 'ball game' you can keep.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/04/2008 11:09:03 PM
Great b/w treatment...9 from me. :)
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05/04/2008 11:04:47 PM
One of the better ones this challenge. Well done!
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05/02/2008 11:51:46 PM
Excellent capture. Almost looks posed -- like a game of Twister. A nine for you.
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05/01/2008 10:53:09 PM
Great action capture. I love the crispness of the black & white. Good luck in the challenge.
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05/01/2008 08:51:53 PM
Great shot! Nice B/W. I am amazed at how you achieve such perfect B/W.I wish i was able to do that. PLease share your technique when the voting is over. Good Luck!hotpasta?
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05/01/2008 02:13:00 PM
Nothin' like the ol' trauma to the groin shot! Perfect timing, and the sharpness is impressive. Looks great in B/W, I'm guessing the color version is pretty gaudy.
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04/29/2008 07:32:02 PM
Perfect BW treatment pushes this image to the top.
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04/29/2008 04:02:03 PM
Great use of black and white. The contrast is excellent, and there is plenty to look at. Well done.
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04/29/2008 01:05:36 PM
Great contrast and detail.
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04/29/2008 09:12:43 AM
very sharp and crisp
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04/29/2008 03:48:23 AM
excellent stop motion shot (Enzo?). a tad oversharpened.
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04/28/2008 04:47:38 AM
Outstanding action shot - exceptional clarity. Has a Hotpasta feel to it.
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04/28/2008 03:27:12 AM
Uhh.....OUCH! Gotta be wicked tough to play Aussie football, terrific sharpness, excellent timing!
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04/28/2008 12:08:47 AM
You do this SO WELL - I'm seeing an exhition at the MCG!
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