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My daughter competing in a 100m hurdle race this season.
I'm sure she will love this pic . . . Wink

She went on to win and equal her personal best time.

I was trying to capture the explosive start, and have tonemapped the image to give the resulting effect.
I like the tones on the athletes and the texture of the track surface in this pic. It had rained shortly before the race.

Thanks for looking.
Mark

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony A350
Lens:70-300mm f/4-5.6 G
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Focal Length:180mm
Aperture:f/4.5
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Action (High speed)
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Raw power
Username:mark2uk mark2uk
Uploaded:26 Oct 2012 - 6:24 PM
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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 6:49 PM

A gritty powerful image - works well...

Mike

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BarryC123
BarryC123  643 forum posts Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 7:18 PM

Great atmosphere and sense of power. Excellent.

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agingrocker
agingrocker e2 Member 5agingrocker vcard 1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Oct 2012 - 7:47 PM

Great timing and superb processing - raw power unleashed - excellent shot
Antony

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Focus_Man
Focus_Man  4481 forum posts United Kingdom631 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 8:48 AM

Your timing is impeccable, compositionally, personally I would level the picture up and get rid of the chunk of centre grass? top RHS.

The gritty finish is subjective but it works for me as a one off making this a different kind of capture.

Frank

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Jestertheclown
27 Oct 2012 - 10:41 AM

I'm not really a fan of this kind of processing but in this instance, I'll disregard that!

What impact you have here.

You've captured the moment perfectly and the gritty finish is an excellent choice. I imagine this looks better than its colour original.

I'm sure your daughter will love it too.

Bren.

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mark2uk
mark2uk  8739 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 11:44 AM

Wow - thanks for the comments.
Bren you are right - the colour original looked a bit flat which was why I was playing around with various processing techniques.
Glad you could all see the textures and power I wanted to show.

Mark

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10867 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2865 Constructive Critique Points
27 Oct 2012 - 2:19 PM

Great dynamice feel to this Mark. Like Bren, not a big fan of the treatment, but it does work here. I like the suggestions made above, and incorporated them in a mod. Ive cropped to a panoramic format, removed that corner grass, leveled using the blocks as a reference. I like the different perspective the pano gives it. Also toned down the highlights a little.

If you have the colour original, why not upload it as a mod so we can see whats possible with that to?


Hope this helps,


regards


Willie

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mark2uk
mark2uk  8739 forum posts England8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 8:58 AM

Uploaded the original as a modification

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom851 Constructive Critique Points
28 Oct 2012 - 10:29 AM

It's all wrong, but it works, and works very well. Just shows you, doesn't it? The processing has lifted what is already a good image to one that demands attention and makes you look.

Paul

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cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
1 Nov 2012 - 11:07 AM

fine shot and conversion Smile

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widtink
widtink  2406 forum posts Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2013 - 10:11 AM

A gritty and very powerful image , i love it hope your daughter does to Smile

Rod

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