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Still experimenting with my 400L f5.6 for kite surfing I've upped the ISO to keep the aperture a bit smaller - this is f9.0 for 1/1600th sec. The DOF looks better to my eye and the shutter speed has frozen the spray nicely.

That's my take on the shot - what do you make of it?

Camera:Canon EOS 40D
Lens:Canon 400 f5.6 L
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Carved Turn
Username:brian1208 brian1208
Uploaded:18 May 2008 - 3:19 PM
Tags:Avon beach, Christchurch, Dorset, Kite surf, Sports / action, Spray
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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2008 - 6:34 PM

The water looks good. The focus on the arm is a bit soft (or more likely vibration?) but I would have liked to see his face. That said, I'm no way a sport's photographer and though I can begin to imagine the problems, I don't really understand!

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randomrubble
18 May 2008 - 6:58 PM

I like the way the water drops are frozen and the vibrancy of the colours. I agree that it would be better to see the surfers face.

Where I also feel the shot could be improved is the intangible aspect of how it portrays the sport. I know that it's an enormously physical sport, controlling the kite, but that is not apparent from this shot. If you can get that tension in the body then IMO you'll really have got it.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110598 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
18 May 2008 - 7:14 PM

Thanks for the feedback both of you, I must confess I was concentrating on freezing the water but I see both of your points.

I've uploaded another shot (as a variant) taken a few seconds before he turned away from me which I think may show what you were talking about?

Last Modified By brian1208 at 18 May 2008 - 7:18 PM

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shinyredmx5
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18 May 2008 - 8:33 PM

I prefer the face shot although I would like to have seen more 'extension' and action. The detail and clarity is very good. Would be interested in your comments on a couple I have loaded.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110598 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2008 - 10:09 AM

Thanks Gary

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SueEley
SueEley e2 Member 8271 forum postsSueEley vcard Wales96 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2008 - 6:29 PM

This is much more engaging! Ideally, I think it would have more above to tell me about what is going on - but the splash here is very stylish and the face and figure suggest concentration and athleticism.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110598 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
19 May 2008 - 7:06 PM

Thanks Sue - I'm finding that's always a problem with kite surfing - do you show the kite and lose the person or leave the kite inferred by the action and the the effort and skill of the kiter.

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ZakBlack
ZakBlack e2 Member 7105 forum postsZakBlack vcard England14 Constructive Critique Points
20 May 2008 - 9:11 PM

These shots demand action and high octane energy to make an impact but to me they are lacking. Unfortunately when we turn up at a shoot we can't create waves so have to keep returning to the same spot until a shot appears. You look like youv'e got to grips withthe technical side of things so keep shooting. Ive tried these type of shots myself with a 200 but its not long enough and even if it were i still haven't took an action shot i'd be happy to post.

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110598 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
21 May 2008 - 1:56 PM

Thanks for that Jason, yes, I agree re: the action. As I said, this was about experimenting with the speed / aperture equation to get best detail.

I have a "Bucket full" of shots of inverts, wave jumps and tricks etc so timing the action isn't the problem - its getting the best out of the lens technically that is exercising me at present Smile

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