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  #128 Performance
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The block       ©2013 NEAT
Canon EOS 550D       7th place, 106 points
1/160s, f4, ISO 3200, 86mm, Action, Pattern, no flash
 
Post-Processing: High structure and tonal and color contrast adj, grad neut density, sharpened, reduced noise, a bit of cloning as well.       Extra Info: My son's volleyball team, he's the number 18.
 
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Franz07
Jul 2, 2013
    This is my #1 in the challenge ... now reading Jade's and akebono's comments I start feeling like a brand new beginner... :(
But don't feel sad. Actually I'm not a fan of heavy pp, as you could see if you ever read my older posts on the forum. Nevertheless I love your picture because it is on spot of the right moment and has a very artful and on the other hand a professional element.
Once in a year we organize a street-ball tournament in my hometown. And every year I try to get a picture like this - no chance till now...
A great catch, imo!

NEAT
Jul 1, 2013
    neat - eighty shots and this is the best you could come up with?! lol!

No I had better ones, just didn't want to show you all, lol!

Jade O.
Jul 1, 2013
    neat - eighty shots and this is the best you could come up with?! lol! Now let me add, I respect akebono and his comments carry way more weight than mine. And you should listen carefully to what he says. But....

I like artists such as Coleville, Pratt, Danby, and other modern Canadian painters. They have a "photorealism" style and I see a point where painting and photography do borrow from one another.

But since you are as good as you are, let me simply comment that akebono's photography is generally way above what we see on Panachallenge and his entry, IMHO, is so far advanced photographically speaking from any other entry in this Challenge that his comments bear serious consideration.

I remember one of his images "Adventure Ahead" finished 38th, yet I had it pegged at #2 vying for #1. After the voting was finished, he noted that the image won first place among 530 entries and won him a trip to Malta. If you go look at "Adventure Ahead" (click on akebono's icon to see his entries) you'll see how his "processing" is much more subtle than yours, but I think your image is still that good but your processing is much more obvious.

I would take his "one day you will see" as a compliment. He no doubt sees that you have a talent which is maturing. It would be fun to see how you would do this same image in another couple of years.

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Franz07
Jun 30, 2013
    The perfect moment! Great on theme and photographically enviable.
#1 for me!

forkcandles
Jun 28, 2013
    like this action shot all eyes on the ball

akebono
Jun 28, 2013
    A nice effort.

One day you will probably see, that such an exaggerated post processing is far too distracting and adds nothing positive to the picture, in my humble opinion. But it's an ok scene...

NEAT
Jun 27, 2013
    Oh Jade you always write such insightful comments, I struggled with which image to choose for this challenge and in the end I asked my son Kieren who is the Number 18 leaping up to block the ball, to chose the image I should submit to this challenge, and he chose this one, and I kind of had to agree with him. Funny how you mentioned this: 'This reminds me of the skill of a renaissance master who positions his subjects so that the eye is led to the point of interest,' that kind of got me all emotional, wow I didn't think it was that good, but thanks anyway! I took about 80 photos, on this day, and then a 60 on another day all up.
Edited on Jun 27, 2013

Jade O.
Jun 27, 2013
    O.k. I love this shot! I don't know quite how you managed to do it but you've got everyone positioned perfectly with a wonderful grand sweep of the action. This reminds me of the skill of a renaissance master who positions his subjects so that the eye is led to the point of interest, the central focus of the canvass, with each figure bringing a supportive role and building a masterwork. The background is wonderfully structured with no distracting elements and not too plain. The wall above the net emphasizes height. The floor has a wonderful sheen with artistic reflection. The flashes of colour, the yellows, red, blues, all punctuate the image and the skyward leaping hands bring your eye to the ball. A great action shot, and a fine interpretative image. I am really impressed with this one.
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