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The costumes at the Leeds Carnival really were spectacular.
Must admit it was quite difficult as the dancers were moving all the time.
Big learning curve for me ... most images I took were just blurs...
Any tips out there please !
I decided to play a bit with the flashgun as it was a rather cloudy day.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D80 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 D
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:28mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.5
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Fired, Return detected
Title:Blue Winged Maiden
Username:barbarahirst barbarahirst
Uploaded:31 Aug 2011 - 7:27 AM
Tags:Flash / lighting, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Street photography. Carnival
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saeidNL
saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 7:39 AM

Another Beautiful and great capture Barbara,very well done,
saeid

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gajewski
gajewski e2 Member 10gajewski vcard United States9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 7:44 AM

WOW -- what an outfit. GREAT, colorful shot.
-=\Walter

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 7:52 AM

What a fabulous costume and expanse of material........guess they must have wider doors down there to up hereWinkWink
Like the Edinburgh Fringe, your Carnival is a great venue for candid street photography and you have made the most of it even with this one shot, Barbara.
Perhaps more to come?
Ronnie.

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pdcche
pdcche  4 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2011 - 7:55 AM

Great capture, lovely colours in that splendid outfit, nice detail.. Peter

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morpheus1955
31 Aug 2011 - 8:20 AM

Superb shot Barbara, fantastic colour, very nicely captured.

Hugh

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8481 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1069 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 8:21 AM

You mean she can actually move in that ???
Moira

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moiral
moiral e2 Member 4moiral vcard Scotland
31 Aug 2011 - 8:28 AM

That must have been some costume to carry. Beautiful colours and comp. Moira

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England210 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 8:52 AM

Now that is some custume, good colours too

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PaulLiley
PaulLiley  5 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 9:28 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Some weight to carry. Beautiful and striking. I guess to use the flash to freeze the moving subject you've got to get fairly close or have a powerful flash and then it would be better to use a diffuser otherwise you get an artificial studio feel to the shot. I guess a high ISO, fast shutter and wide aperture with a shorter DOF. But a shorter DOF is difficult when you have different dancers at different distnaces from your camera. Unless you deliberately throw other out of focus and concentrate on person only. Wonderful vibrant colours captured here and it's great she is looking straight at you. Nice work Brab. Paul

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 737 forum postspascalg vcard France
31 Aug 2011 - 9:30 AM

wow!
superb (and colourful...)

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Joeblowfromoz
31 Aug 2011 - 9:32 AM

I think you have done really well - I quite often use sports mode for things like this, when I know I am going to only get one shot at something that is a bit different. The colors are just wonderful and love the nice crop..Jo

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lonely_oryx
lonely_oryx e2 Member 761 forum postslonely_oryx vcard England54 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 10:14 AM

Superbly caught. Great colours

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64595 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 10:18 AM

Great colour again. The flash really lifts it.
Chris

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 5hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 10:23 AM

Amazing shot
mike

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 10:48 AM

Great composition, Barbara, in spite of the difficulties of movement. What colour too!
Ann

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Gypsyman
Gypsyman  4660 forum posts England
31 Aug 2011 - 11:16 AM

An Eye catching photograph, well taken. Eric.

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HobbitDave
31 Aug 2011 - 11:28 AM

Wow, that is one wonderful outfit, Barbara, and so well captured. The blue colour is just amazing.
Dave.

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EAS
EAS  5 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 11:28 AM

What a costume and fabulous colours.

Ann

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
31 Aug 2011 - 11:35 AM

Well captured ! great to see. Gill

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Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
31 Aug 2011 - 11:51 AM

What a fab shot Barbara, wow the colours and detail.
Brian

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phil99
phil99 e2 Member 844 forum postsphil99 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 12:08 PM

I agree with the advice given already by Paul . Another cracking image and this one is pin sharp anyway ....Phil

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Anna62
Anna62  3 Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 12:17 PM

amazing colourful outfit the girl has on Barbara Smile

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digital_boi
31 Aug 2011 - 12:19 PM

Excellent capture here Barbara that is some costume for sure the flash has certainly given the whole thing some zap!!! glad you enjoyed todays funnies TongueWinkWink

Graham GrinGrinGrin

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andylea
andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 12:24 PM

brilliant detail barbara fantastic colours a real cracker nice one Wink
andy

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NobbytheNobster

Cracking good shot Barbara, at first i thought she was a bride from the program "My big fat gypsy wedding" lol!
I cant help with advice on shooting carnivals even though i do notting hill most years as i always leave my camera at home so i can get in the spirit of things and down lots of beer!!
Well shot Smile
Rick

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 1:16 PM

Fabulous blues in this Barbara.

Best Matt

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LesF
LesF  8177 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 1:24 PM

This carnival is a wonderful sight for colour Barbara, smashing capture, it is hard when they are so large these costumes and the constant movements but I think you've done well and the ones that are not so good, take another look and I am sure you will learn what was wrong and what to correct for next time.


LesF

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SueEley
SueEley  8271 forum posts Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 1:41 PM

Fantastic colours. Sympathy over the blur - I tend to get that with my grandchildren (toddlers) and hate to use flash. But the flash worked well here. I tend to use a very wide aperture and highish iso - but that wouldn't have helped here.

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 3:44 PM

Brilliant colours and a great capture,Well done..Lin

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acousticmist
31 Aug 2011 - 3:45 PM

Lovely colours................Martin

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kathyg15
kathyg15  4 United States
31 Aug 2011 - 3:51 PM

Striking Beautiful image Barbara, Love those colors!!...Kathy

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 4:06 PM

A stunning and colourful costume, Barbs, very nicely captured here. These events can be tricky to shoot - as for advice, good tips offered above from Paul.
Trev Smile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8141 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 4:32 PM

Glorious colours, Barbs, and what a stunning costume, must have taken forever and a day to run it up Smile Very well captured and presented. Carol

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danbrann
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31 Aug 2011 - 4:35 PM

Spectacular Barbara.

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saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 44080 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway26 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 4:56 PM

I thought this was going to be a butterfly shot as I read the etitle before looking at the image, Barbara!
Not so far wrong, really. A gorgeous image.

As for the blur - have you tried Al Servo AF or Al Focus AF modes? (Canonspeak, I guess it's the same on Nikon??) Combined with a fast enough shutter speed these should freeze all movements in focus.

Malc

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 5:36 PM

Great photograph, colours are wonderful and nicely sharp also.
jon

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 7:40 PM

WOW! she is very fancy! I like all those blues!

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 7:45 PM

Lovely colour in this Barbara.............Sandy

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MikeGreaves
31 Aug 2011 - 7:54 PM

Very colourful Smile
Mike

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johnjones
johnjones  5 England
31 Aug 2011 - 8:49 PM

Excellent comp and colours .
jj

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Jen10
Jen10  4 England
31 Aug 2011 - 8:55 PM

Brilliant colours and a great shot Smile
Jen

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Roly
Roly  7 Wales
31 Aug 2011 - 9:11 PM

Amazing dress.I wonder how she got through the front door with that lot on Grin

Roly.

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pluckyfilly e2 Member 8293 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 9:19 PM

agree with all of what Paul has already said but at the same time think you have done well with this shot and lets face it we all bin a lot of pics we have taken, another time you will be ready and surprise yourself and us big timeSmile I have learnt a lot this last two weeks and will continue to do so I am sureGrin

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Growmore e2 Member 5Growmore vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Aug 2011 - 9:50 PM

Very beautiful costume and such a vibrant colour Barbara and it's a great capture, my 70-200 2.8 Sigma would have worked a treat, a good stand off lens.
Gary

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LexEquine
LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
2 Sep 2011 - 2:45 PM

'Colorful & artistic candid,...indeed~'

Ciao~ Peter Smile

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7338 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
3 Sep 2011 - 6:21 PM

Great costume, colours and eye contact Barbara - and what fun Smile
Helen

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2011 - 11:14 PM

A very striking image, what a vibrant blue

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