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Challenge: Shoes II (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED
Location: Cockburn Ice Arena
Date: Feb 19, 2010
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 2500
Shutter: 1/100
Galleries: Sports, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Feb 21, 2010

Converted to B&W with Adobe Camera Raw, i thought the black and white version looked better, as the colour was drawing my eye away from what i wanted to have impact.

Two SB-600's providing light through Nikon CLS, one to the left, slightly behind subject, one in front of subject (their direction of travel) to my right. SB-600's set to +0.7EV and +1.0EV sitting on the ice, they didn't really have enough power though.

I had a lot of trouble getting a shot in focus due to skaters moving at about 40km/h to come in for the stop and having only the light of the flash to work with. Was good fun though ;)

Place: 48 out of 138
Avg (all users): 5.6687
Avg (commenters): 5.4444
Avg (participants): 5.6857
Avg (non-participants): 5.6563
Views since voting: 803
Views during voting: 322
Votes: 166
Comments: 11
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03/02/2010 05:39:24 AM
Iím from the Critique Club.
I really like all the energy and power of your shot. It really gets the viewerís attention, and the ice spray is a nice combination of sharpness and blur for motion. I think that the blurred parts work well with the overall shot, and while it may be cool to have them all frozen as particulates, I think the blur gives a greater sense of the speed and the explosion. I would say, however, that maybe a little bit faster shutter might have been useful to help freeze the skate motion and sharpen up those details, though that could have been due to a missed focus just as easily since you were shooting at F3.5. Iím honestly surprised how much you had to crank up your ISO when using two 600ís though. Any idea what power they were actually firing at?
I think the B/W works well with the subject, and helps to accentuate the ice pieces, as you said. The background element is slightly distracting but I understand itís probably pretty hard to have a clear background if youíre shooting at a rink. Overall, I think you did a great job capturing this and still making the footwear a central focus instead of just the spray.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/28/2010 03:13:35 PM
I like your choice of b/w....great stop action.
02/26/2010 07:20:02 PM
captures the moment well
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02/26/2010 04:41:58 PM
thats intense, great photograph!!!
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02/26/2010 03:56:40 PM
WOW! Great "Stop" action shoe shot!
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02/24/2010 08:53:24 PM
nice stop motion shot! excellent capture
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02/23/2010 11:09:34 AM
great capture- top 10
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02/22/2010 10:53:46 PM
to me the shoes are not the focal point in the picture and the splash of snow takes the eye
02/22/2010 12:46:29 PM
Good action shot. Use a flash or speed up your shutter a bunch.
02/22/2010 09:30:03 AM
Nice action shot.
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02/22/2010 02:13:17 AM
Great action shot.
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