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Challenge: Point of View III (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-35 f/4 ED VR
Location: Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Date: May 8, 2011
Aperture: 9.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/250
Galleries: Portraiture, Action
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2011

making action portraits of parkour participants (traceurs) I noticed a group performing flips and somersaults over a low wall; while technically not parkour, I thought these would look impressive from a low angle at the foot of the wall which led to this image.

because of the bright sky, I used 2 speedlights to my left and right to light the traceurs as they passed through my field of view.

default settings for Photoshop Lightroom applied, followed by some correction - highlight recovery, fill light and a boost in contrast

Statistics
Place: 10 out of 109
Avg (all users): 6.5058
Avg (commenters): 7.8235
Avg (participants): 6.4490
Avg (non-participants): 6.5285
Views since voting: 1376
Views during voting: 341
Votes: 172
Comments: 30
Favorites: 0


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05/18/2011 12:06:22 PM
Me lying in gutter at bottom of a wall looking up.
Kids doing flips over the wall from the other side! Crazy, yes...
Thank you for your vote.

Originally posted by aKiwi:

What a fantastic photo.!
The point of view is so unique, I still can't work out what is going on here!
Great composition and lighting.
My pick for a winner.
05/18/2011 12:03:35 PM
Thank you. Next time I may try some bigger strobes so I can cut out more of the ambient and freeze the motion. It will be different, not necessarily better...

Originally posted by vaar:

Excellent composition! Very original shot! Despite the fact that hand is blurry and even face is not exactly sharp, it is "constructed" so well sharpness becomes only a minor point. Some may say blurriness adds feel of motion. Perhaps :)
05/18/2011 12:01:15 PM
It was a lot of fun. These kids were great athletes and they were thrilled that a photographer came out to shoot them.

Originally posted by dali_lama_2k:

this must have been fun 8
05/18/2011 11:59:35 AM
Thank you. Since I was using flash and firing sequences I was limited to the maximum flash sync speed of 1/250th. I actually wanted a little bit of blur, for the sense of motion, but agree that fully frozen would have been interesting too.

Originally posted by supanova:

Vary good, shame the shutter speed was not faster!
05/18/2011 11:57:05 AM
I wish I was this good at compositing! Just athletes jumping over a wall and global contrast and vibrance adjustments, which I take to be legal as per the Challenge Rules: "You may saturate, desaturate or change the colors of your entry, but no selections are allowed."

Originally posted by Neat:

Don't know how you did this in Basic editing, but great photo, hope it's legal for your sake.
05/18/2011 11:51:28 AM
Thank you.

I was lying in the gutter at the bottom of a wall - the wall provided some shade, to help my speedlights compete with the sun.

Used maximum sync speed of 1/250th at iso 100 to 'kill' the ambient... hah! all I managed was pale blue.

two speedlights - one (key light) to the right at 1/4 power (because I was shooting sequences); one to the left at 1/2 power to try to get a rim light - both fired with yongnuo radio triggers.

many, many, ... many jumps

default import setting in Lightroom plus I increased contrast and vibrance

Originally posted by DiscoVader:

Neat shot, I'd be interested to know how you did it. Framing is great, love the diagonal, motion blur is just right. Cool!
05/18/2011 11:37:46 AM
Thank you. I thought lying in the gutter would qualify as a unique angle!

Originally posted by LydiaToo:

I love this! PERFECT for the challenge, too.
05/18/2011 08:53:28 AM
this shot was undderated; it is rare when you have a cool effect that is done with neat purpose- not just to show off technical ability.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/18/2011 07:43:02 AM
Thank you. It wound up about where I expected after seeing all the great entries.

Originally posted by ScooterMcNutty:

I'm dissapointed that this didn't do a little better! great job anyways :) really enjoy this image!
05/18/2011 01:10:44 AM
I'm dissapointed that this didn't do a little better! great job anyways :) really enjoy this image!
05/18/2011 12:12:46 AM
I love this! PERFECT for the challenge, too.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2011 11:58:10 PM
really nice!!
05/17/2011 10:29:26 PM
phenomenal effect.
05/16/2011 12:38:28 PM
Neat shot, I'd be interested to know how you did it. Framing is great, love the diagonal, motion blur is just right. Cool!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/14/2011 02:04:39 PM
Seriously impressive!
05/14/2011 01:15:08 AM
Excellent!
05/12/2011 10:55:04 PM
Don't know how you did this in Basic editing, but great photo, hope it's legal for your sake.
05/12/2011 07:54:31 AM
This is awesome!
05/12/2011 02:55:56 AM
What a fantastic photo.!
The point of view is so unique, I still can't work out what is going on here!
Great composition and lighting.
My pick for a winner.
05/11/2011 10:35:25 PM
Very well done. The lighting on your main subject is very good, and the perspective is very creative.
05/11/2011 09:08:00 PM
Clever.
05/11/2011 08:56:01 PM
Vary good, shame the shutter speed was not faster!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/11/2011 08:02:49 PM
cool...6
05/11/2011 05:30:44 PM
This is really cool! good luck :)
05/11/2011 03:02:01 PM
Excellent composition! Very original shot! Despite the fact that hand is blurry and even face is not exactly sharp, it is "constructed" so well sharpness becomes only a minor point. Some may say blurriness adds feel of motion. Perhaps :)
  Photographer found comment helpful.
05/11/2011 11:32:12 AM
Cool!!
05/11/2011 10:56:15 AM
very interestingly done
05/11/2011 03:18:27 AM
great pov
05/11/2011 12:48:23 AM
this must have been fun 8
05/11/2011 12:29:59 AM
Freakishly good !


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