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At some point during a long-distance run, they say you meet the wall. Perhaps this is what it feels like, when every nerve and sinew is screaming for respite, yet something deep, deep in the inner depths of your soul doesn't allow you to give up, and suddenly you are emerging again into the light...



Is this what it is like?
I do not know.
I have never been there.
Do I want to go there?........Tjaa....

V2 as a b&w version...

Many thanks for all your recent comments and your great uploads.

Thanks for bothering.

Malc

From Monday I have the task of being Guest Editor....pleasure and pain???

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Apr 2012 - 3:14 PM
Focal Length:200mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:The Darkest Moment
Username:saltireblue saltireblue
Uploaded:5 May 2012 - 7:47 PM
Tags:Athletes, Long distance running, Norway, Oslo, Portraits / people
Votes:37
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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom988 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 7:51 PM

I want V2 for a) the frames of his glasses and b) the flying mud comes over better. But V2 would make a fabulous poster.
I covet this one, it's a sport I'd dearly love to photograph. You've captured the isolation of personal struggle.
Moira

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 8:00 PM

Been there, done that .... I can feel his pain which you've captured so well.

Dave

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jasonrwl
jasonrwl e2 Member 432 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 8:17 PM

Really interesting image this Malc. Can't decide which I like best. I think I might have been tempted to crop it into more of a portrait format becasue not sure whether the space on the left adds that much. Just a thought.
Great image though.
Jason

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 8:32 PM

Two stunning and fantastic capture,very well done,
saeid

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franken
franken e2 Member 113096 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 9:27 PM

Version 2 is superb!

Ken

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom988 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 9:43 PM


Quote: I think I might have been tempted to crop it into more of a portrait format becasue not sure whether the space on the left adds that much. Just a thought.

No way! The space on the left is his dark torment, he's looking into the abyss. Plus the fact that he is moving right to left adds to the depressive feel. I'm getting to like this one more and more.
Moira

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7404 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom988 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 9:46 PM

PS Just noticed what you are doing next week. Be prepared for an awful lot of birds of the feathered variety... Wink

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 9:53 PM

The mono for me, Malc. Reduces all the other emotional possibilities to a minimum to focus on the torment.
Keeping the space on the left gives the runner space to move into, ensuring the torment continues.

I was considered a reasonable athlete at school (school athletics captain, not that it involved anything other than glory Wink) But I couldn't cope with any race longer than about 400metres, so in a cross-country race I would be 200m ahead of the field after the first 400m only to spend the rest of the course on my knees. Cruelty to dumb animals it was.

Have just reviewed the two versions. V2 it is. Excellent.

Regards
Bill

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 10:07 PM

These are excellent Malcolm! I like both but slightly prefer v1. Good luck next week - I'm going to be away so will miss your awards.
Ann

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 10:15 PM

Looks like how i would feel if I were to try to do the!

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Michaela_Solway
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5 May 2012 - 11:09 PM

2 excellent images.. V1 speaks for itself,.. V2 opens up to more interpretation.. Great execution

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
5 May 2012 - 11:50 PM

My only claim to athletic fame Malc was an egg and spoon race.
And it is to my eternal shame that 48 years later I will admit I cheated !!
Good luck with your GE week.
I think I would rather do a long distance run blindfolded.
(Mind you,I would make sure the blindfold was see through !!)
Mick.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64345 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 7:09 AM

Pure pain. Not for me. Excellent moment in time.
Chris

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 9:45 AM

Great work Malc, I like both versions, but V1 just makes the winning post for me.

John Smile

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 11:13 AM

I've just had this and No pain, no gain on-screen side by side. Much as I like the latter, this one says more by saying less. Brilliant photo, I'd be proud to have it in my pf.
MrsW has it shortlisted too but I got there first!
Regards
Bill

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 6TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 2:10 PM

A great use of light here, Malc, and really captures the moment Smile Both versions work well, but it's V1 for me Wink
Trev Smile

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LexEquine  8 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 6:22 PM

'It is a really Tough decision, for me,' Today, Malc,...so I have to give "1/2 Vote" to each Image~~ Smile

Artistic photographic Work,...indeed~

~ Peter

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imagio  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 8:40 PM

Both work for me Malc..

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
6 May 2012 - 11:22 PM

very interesting.
I like no 2 for the brutal, raw force shown in it.

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 4:50 PM

For me this works best in v2 - very dramatic. Hopefully you will look in better shape than this at the end of your marathon week WinkWinkWink
Helen

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
7 May 2012 - 9:16 PM

The grit and determination he's showing to complete the event comes across superbly in these. You'd do well to heed Helen's warning, it will be a marathon task looking through all those uploads each day, rather you than me!Wink

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England209 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2012 - 8:23 AM

Well isolated here Malc, both version work.
Regards Richard

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AnneWorner e2 Member 6606 forum postsAnneWorner vcard United States41 Constructive Critique Points
12 May 2012 - 9:17 AM

Han venter nok pĺ annen runde av adrenalinet - kom det eller gikk han virkelig rett i veggen. To forskjellige fřlelser ved disse. Mer smerte og utmattelse synes i v1, men den liker egentlig virkningen i v2 best - den er rĺ!

AT

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NeilWigan e2 Member 4NeilWigan vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2012 - 9:27 PM

I will take your word for it ,maybe.

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14 May 2012 - 3:36 PM

Brilliant images, v1 for me.

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ElmsArt
ElmsArt  782 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
15 May 2012 - 9:04 AM

Cannot choose, both say so much about what he is gong through. Have not been there physically, but mentally, yes have been there. You captured the pain perfectly.

Jackie

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1881
1881  2 India
16 May 2012 - 6:47 PM

Fantastic image.
SANJEEV

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