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My first attempt at motor sport for many years, taken at Darley Moor's hairpin
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well caught and sharp pic of the rider on the bend, nothing much wrong here but may be a little more tilt on the camera to provide a bit of diagonal and make the comp a little more dynamic.
in a way its a shame the lighting was quite so flat because things just look that much brighter and somehow better with some directional light and shadow but you can only use the light you had at the time. i checked the histograph and its heavily weighted to the left or dark side but has a range up to white. i think it would stand a curves tweak though to bolster the contrast a little.
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Its a nice shot, loaded a mod a little brighter, and cropped a little off the right, tilted a little.
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I've little to add to the comments above, except to suggest a slightly different crop. I've removed a little from the top and the right-hand side to push the bike off-centre in the frame, while leaving more space in the direction it's moving in. I also made a small curves adjustment to lighten the scene a bit, and tried to make a bit more of the flat light by using unsharp mask to boost the local contrast a bit. To do this, use a fairly large radius (I used 7 pixels, but the size depends very much on the resolution of the image) and a fairly low strength (20, in this case). This boosts the difference between shadows and nearby highlights but keeps the overall range of tones about the same.
This is not a bad motor racing shot. Apart from perhaps benefitting from being brightened up a little the general composition could be improved by taking the photo a few ft later in the corner so that the bike spokes become visible. When this view becomes available it is easier to get a real impression of speed if the wheels are suitably blurred.
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