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Cholmondeley Pageant of Power 2010

Camera:Nikon D300S Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18-200 vr
Title:Take it to the bridge......
Username:Nagai Nagai
Uploaded:22 Jul 2010 - 6:12 PM
Tags:Pageant of power, Sports / action
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Rock
Rock e2 Member 12Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 6:29 PM

Perhaps a bottom and a little right hand crop would present more emphasis on the main subject.

Well exposed and good panning used.

Rock

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davey_griffo
22 Jul 2010 - 7:29 PM

Nah, you can't take any more off the left, it'd leave the car nowhere to come from. & since it's moving right & down, you need the bottom for it to run into. I think the shot is excellent as it is.

The only shame for me, & it's nothing to do with your technique, is the overturned block & mesh. But sometimes, you just have to take things as you find them.

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Graham-Mead
22 Jul 2010 - 8:13 PM

Pity about the mesh, I think that this is an excellent shot although I would have prefered the camera a bit lower down, that is if that was possible.
Graham.

Last Modified By Graham-Mead at 22 Jul 2010 - 8:15 PM

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jayhawk2000
22 Jul 2010 - 8:20 PM

A bit too much dull asphalt at the bottom and to the right, so I've cropped that plus rotated it about 3 degrees (the horizon is already crooked).

Now the mesh isn't quite as distracting, plus the barricades contribute dynamic lines out towards the edge of the frame. Just my 2p and my 2 second Photoshop tweak LOL

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Nagai
Nagai  6 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2010 - 8:31 PM

Thanks for all of your comments!
I couldn't get any lower, if you look closely, you can see the handrail on top of the bridge running across the frame from about halfway up the left hand side. It was an awkward place to stand, and it was very difficult to pan without falling 10 feet down the side of the bridge!
I agree that the mesh fence takes away from the shot, but as you say, what can I do about it? lol It's a shame, as I like the fact that you can see a bit of a crowd scene in the background.
Nice work Jayhawk, you've improved the shot considerably. It looks like something from an old cigarette card now, it seems to have more 'atmosphere', if you know what I mean?

Thanks!

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2794 Constructive Critique Points
22 Jul 2010 - 9:16 PM

Its a nice action shot, well captured. To improve it doesnt take a lot, - just a little more contrast, tone down the bright highlights, and sharpen as in mod1. Ive also removed that fence. As an alternate crop, you could also crop as in mod2, but the uncropped is a little more dynamic.


Regards


Willie

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Jestertheclown
22 Jul 2010 - 9:33 PM

I've left the mesh alone for the moment but it wouldn't be difficult to remove/replace it.
I've gone for the rakish crop again and adjusted the shadows (+) and highlights (-). Pushed the contrast a little, increased vibrancy and sharpened.
The thing that spoils this most of all for me; and it's not anything you've got wrong, it's the driver's crash helmet. I know why they wear modern ones, I've worn one myself often enough but many otherwise excellent images are spoiled by it.
Given time, I'd trawl through my pile of motorcycle images and find a replacement head!

Jester.

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paulbroad
paulbroad  681 forum posts United Kingdom842 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jul 2010 - 7:44 AM

Good try, about half a stop darker and less of the distracting background needed - not always easy to do the latter I know. At race tracks, if I can, I choose viewpoints with the most basic background possible, or with the background so far away that it will blur heavily.

I would usually shoot aperture priority f7.1 or wider.

Paul

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