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Two Ozeki (I think!) go head to head on the final day of the September Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo.

Challenging lighting conditions as it was too dark for either sub 400 ISO or high shutter speeds. This was taken at ISO 640, 1/250th, f5.0, @200mm.

Thanks for looking

Neil

Camera:Pentax K10D Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma EX 100-300mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Clash of the Titans
Username:javam javam
Uploaded:23 Sep 2007 - 3:23 PM
Tags:Basho, Contest, Fighting, Japan, Ozeki, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Sport, Sports / action, Sumo, Tokyo, Wrestlers
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imander
imander  7388 forum posts United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 3:29 PM

fantastic action packed shot, well captured
ian

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ben_stubbens
23 Sep 2007 - 3:33 PM

Really nice shot, I especially like the expressions on the faces in the background - intently concentrating. You've captured the atmosphere really well.
ben

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NevP
NevP  8853 forum posts Canada13 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 3:54 PM

This is a terrific shot and the treatment works great.

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Coleslaw
Coleslaw e2 Member 813402 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 4:04 PM

wow, you are in Tokyo!
Enjoy!

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bytheedge
bytheedge  7 England
23 Sep 2007 - 4:08 PM

Did Lizzie take this as you appear to be in the ring? Wink

No doubt your having a great time?!

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rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 4:13 PM

A shot of Japanese culture. Great action in a wonderful country. Love the orange splash of colour Neil. You get about dont you. Ron.

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kaybee
kaybee  103761 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 4:29 PM

You don't want to get in the middle of that

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javam
javam e2 Member 91083 forum postsjavam vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 5:01 PM

Thanks for the comments.

First time out of Europe Ron, but always wanted to go to Japan and timing worked out well for Sumo. An event I have wanted to see live since Channel 4 first broadcast it in the UK 15+ years ago.


Quote: Did Lizzie take this as you appear to be in the ring?

No doubt your having a great time?!

Hardy ha! I have still not given Neil money for your leaving present you know! Hope they make your last week as much fun as mine Wink

Neil

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scott_jessuk
23 Sep 2007 - 6:01 PM

Fantastic Neil, from your last two images I really want to visit Japan, I heard it's rather expensive though? Not going there but actually doing anything.

Scott

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Hoffy
Hoffy  9212 forum posts England16 Constructive Critique Points
23 Sep 2007 - 8:41 PM

Very good action shot.

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imagio
imagio  7 England1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2007 - 7:55 AM

Excellent shot.

Bernie

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Tandberg
Tandberg  111218 forum posts England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2007 - 8:54 AM

Be me if i'm not careful lol..
Nice one neil
DAVE

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Guillaume
Guillaume  7119 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2007 - 10:50 AM

Brilliant composition. I really like the referree (I am assuming that is his role) standing in the middle. Great colours and a real sense of struggle between the two sumos.

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keith_yorkie
24 Sep 2007 - 2:21 PM

Not someone to be met down a dark alley - the guy in the background I mean!!!!

Nice one Neil....

Keith....

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javam
javam e2 Member 91083 forum postsjavam vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
24 Sep 2007 - 3:00 PM

Thanks for your comments guys.

Keith, he is an ex wrestler, but sadly I cannot remember his name. One of the highlights for me was that earlier in the day the judge in that spot was Chiyonofuji (The Wolf). Anyone who used to watch Sumo on Channel4 is sure to remember that name.

Thanks

Neil

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scott_jessuk
24 Sep 2007 - 5:12 PM

I remember who you are on about from my days of watching the wrestling, the day I realised it was all made up was the day I stopped watching it. Think his name went like Youkozuma or something like that.

Scott

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firzhugh
firzhugh  9 New Zealand
24 Sep 2007 - 10:10 PM

great shot, like the colours, poses and the expressions of the spectators

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User_Removed
24 Sep 2007 - 11:12 PM

this has loads of tension and interest, perfect timing

di

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Gaz_H
Gaz_H  7150 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Sep 2007 - 11:10 PM

Caught very well Neil and love the colour.

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javam
javam e2 Member 91083 forum postsjavam vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2007 - 5:10 PM

Thanks for the comments.


Quote: Fantastic Neil, from your last two images I really want to visit Japan, I heard it's rather expensive though? Not going there but actually doing anything.

Scott

Everyone says so (including the Japanese), but so far it has not seemed any more expensive than western Europe for Hotels, travel, food etc, And some things like entry to temples, metro travel, taxis are cheaper.

The bullet train to Kyoto was expensive at over 115 each, but no worse than a long distance train journey in the UK and this is a train service with an annual arrival time deviation of only 36 seconds!

All in all there are cheaper places to go, but it is fine.


Quote: I remember who you are on about from my days of watching the wrestling, the day I realised it was all made up was the day I stopped watching it. Think his name went like Youkozuma or something like that.

Scott

You sure you are not getting it mixed up with WWF?! Sad

If it was all made up the 2 current grand champions (Yokozuna - his name was Chiyonofuji and he was one of the most successful Yokozuna of all time despite being one of the lightest) would almost certainly be Japanese not Mongolian, and one would not currently be under a very dark cloud due to match fixing allegations.

Maybe I have an illusion that needs to be shattered, but I have watched a lot of Sumo and never considered it was made up.

I will be very disappointed if it is.

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paulcr  91536 forum posts Ireland9 Constructive Critique Points
28 Sep 2007 - 5:13 PM

Fantastic shot, action and colour are great as is the detail. Paul

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