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  #128 Performance
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Poi Fire       ©2013 Edward
NIKON D5100       2nd place, 128 points
1s, f5, ISO 100, 30mm, Manual, Center Weighted Average, no flash
Post-Processing: Increased saturation; added fill light to center.       Extra Info: My son is learning the ancient art of spinning poi balls, first practiced by the Maori tribe of New Zealand. A more recent adaptation is to light the poi balls on fire!
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Jul 3, 2013
    Two #2s in the last three Opens, great job! This entry really stands out!

Jul 2, 2013
    Congratulations, eagle1!
I like your first outtake so much. Would have been easily in my t3.

Jul 2, 2013
    Thanks, all. I had high hopes for this shot and I'm glad many of you liked it. I have posted in outtakes some of the other shots I took of my son spinning LED-lit poi balls that I did not use.

Jade O.
Jul 1, 2013
    No. 2! Congrats!

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Jun 29, 2013
    For me, this is one of best pictures in this challenge. Good to see a more dynamic approach!
Good luck

Jun 28, 2013
    brought back memories of polaroid's and sparklers [hand held fireworks] before the health and safety guys came along

Jun 28, 2013
    well composed, creative and interesting. I might have backed off a bit on the fill light behind his legs and feet-don't steal attention from the great subject.

Jun 27, 2013
    The subject is not really out of focus, neat. It's an extended exposure shot, so any slight movement will be captured as "blur". If you look at his shoes, they are in focus because they did not move. The target image was the patterns that the lighted poi balls make in the air -- not primarily the subject. My son is spinning the fire balls on the end of a thong around his head and body. There is no way he can do this without moving his body somewhat, and that movement is captured because this particular exposure is one second.
Edited on Jun 28, 2013

Jun 27, 2013
    Had potential but it's completely Out of focus

Jade O.
Jun 27, 2013
    Great lighting and great mood. I've tried this type of shot and it is very difficult to pull off. The technical challenges are formidable. I've tried with a smaller aperture and fired a flash to freeze the subject while blurring the fire so my only critique would have been to find a way to avoid blurring the subject. To that and this would be a contender for my top pick.
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By Edward

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