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The elite women grab a quick drink on the way past the 30km mark. The main foreground runner went on to win.

I've done a little tweaking, desaturated the background elements / crowd but I can't decide what to do with this one, the post is in just the wrong place but everything else seems to work out ok.

I'm toying with the idea of a major cloning session (I think I might be able to do it using detail from other shots in the sequence).

I'm liking the action and intent, and all in all I think they were at the table and gone in a couple of seconds.

Camera:Nikon D90 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:80-200mm f2.8 ED
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:London Marathon 2010 Elite Women 30k drink station
Username:monosodium monosodium
Uploaded:28 Apr 2010 - 11:47 PM
Tags:30k, London, Marathon, Mergia, Ozaki, Shobkhouva, Sports / action, Tafa
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Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139385 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2010 - 1:47 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 


Quote: I've done a little tweaking, desaturated the background elements / crowd but I can't decide what to do with this one, the post is in just the wrong place but everything else seems to work out ok.

The post does intrude but I would be inclined to make a feature of it!

In the mode I've uploaded for you, I've rotated the image slightly - so as to straighten the post - a nd then cropped from the right. I've also added a little more contrast via a curves adjustment and sharpening just a bit. See what you think. Smile

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2010 - 7:55 AM

there's so much activity here......pity about the post...played around with a few crops - see mod ...hope you like it

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monosodium
29 Apr 2010 - 9:59 AM

I love those mods, thanks for your time & input.

The first mod is similar to the crop I was originally thinking of; but straightening up the post is one of those things which is really blindingly obvious (but only now someone's pointed it out!)

I don't think I'd have considered the close crop that really picks up on all the key elements in it and I like that very much.

This is exactly the kind of inpiriation I need, thanks again!

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom840 Constructive Critique Points
29 Apr 2010 - 4:51 PM

Good as it is, but the really impressive shot, and there are several within this image, is to come in close and get rid of that background. The second mod is good, but other tight crops would also work.

Paul

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