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Tennis anyone?
Tennis anyone?

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Challenge: Yellow V (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM
Location: Park in Casper, WY
Date: Aug 23, 2010
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Sports, Self Portrait
Date Uploaded: Aug 23, 2010

Found a large volleyball-sized "tennis" ball at Wal Mart recently and just bought it on impulse - too good a prop to pass up. This is pretty much exactly the shot I envisioned for it, but it has just sat around for weeks cause I really wanted a female tennis player in the shot. When the "yellow" challenge came up I knew I had to use it, even if it had to be a self portrait, which is is. Hung ball from fishing line off lightstand boom, hit self time and ran around net to "hit" the shot. Used longest zoom lens to compress elements and shot it wide open to cut DOF, so shutter speed ended up being really fast. Post: obviously, cloned out fishing line and connector, then some exposure tweaks and sharpening.

Place: 21 out of 206
Avg (all users): 5.9882
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.6786
Avg (non-participants): 6.2907
Views since voting: 1343
Views during voting: 290
Votes: 170
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/31/2010 06:38:50 PM
I call staged on this. That looks like a larger-than-life-size tennis ball. Great picture though
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08/31/2010 01:47:25 AM
Incredibly well done. Great depth control.
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08/30/2010 11:16:14 AM
Hope you ducked!
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08/29/2010 12:54:00 PM
Great capture! A little green-looking, but 8.
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08/28/2010 03:54:38 AM
Good idea. Would have been even better if you could have created a blur type spinning motion and speed effect on the ball. Now the ball just looks too stationary.
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08/27/2010 09:22:48 AM
Hey, this look just like the tennis ball my dog found the other day... coincident? Great image.
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08/26/2010 08:40:21 PM
Great shot, I imagine you had the ball hanging from a thread otherwise not a very happy photographer after a broken lens or nose. 8
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08/26/2010 04:03:57 AM
nice set up... I am wondering what it would have looked like with a bit of movement (longer exposure)
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08/26/2010 03:33:43 AM
In my face! :))) Very nicely done and I really want to know how you did this.
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08/25/2010 05:39:32 PM
very cool!!
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