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Hi I would welcome any comments / critique please. I took this shot using AV 1/250 sec hand held, F/5.6 ISO 400 it was quite dark where the rafters were coming down the river and it was an overcast day. Focal length 135mm.
I am keen to learn more about sport photography as action shots have so much life to them. I am just creeping out of the beginner stages as I have only had my camera for 12 months...still a long way to go with so much to learn, but I am hooked!

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:Canon 28-135mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Watch that boulder!
Username:beachbumjoey beachbumjoey
Uploaded:24 Jan 2009 - 12:12 AM
Tags:Gb, Rafting, Sports / action, Wales
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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10826 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2830 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2009 - 1:03 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is a very good shot, - youve done well,- especially with the camera set to Av!!

Av is aperture priority, - and in action shots, you need to use Tv, - shutter priority to stop fast action.

Set the shutter speed high, - adjust the ISO up until the camera is happy, - no flashing lights, - then youre all set.

I have done a few tweaks in a mod, - brightened the face, - toned down the water highlights, - and added a new border. I would stay away from heavy black borders personally.



Hope you find this helpful, - look forward to more shots,

Regards


Willie

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glazzaro
glazzaro e2 Member 970 forum postsglazzaro vcard United States23 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2009 - 5:08 AMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

You captured that action, that's the biggest hurtle. The shot overall has a bit of camera blur which effects the detail. As far shooting, consider increasing shutter speed and lowering the aperture.

As far as post processing you could do several things to try and bring in a bit more crispness to the scene.

1. Create a layer, run hi pass filter, then overlay. This will enhance the detail.
2. Increase the highlights which will bring more definition to the water.
3. You could also adjust the levels and contrast to further enhance.

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Sus
Sus  93183 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jan 2009 - 8:35 AM

Think this is well composed - great use of diagonal, contrasting colours and black space.

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freenorthern
25 Jan 2009 - 3:16 PM

I like the capture of expression in this image.

The shorts she is wearing are quite entertaining as well

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ZX1400
ZX1400  7 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2009 - 6:32 PM

I think this is well captured with plenty of action, great detail and brilliant colour.
Regards Taco

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