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200m Wheelchair race

By zigga  
I was looking to try out panning with this image but would've liked to have been a bit closer that I was, although I was quite restricted by the seating int he stadium.

Things I quite like: -

* Framing in between the 2 umpires
* Panning seems to have worked

Things I think I would like to improve: -

* Overall composition could've been better
* Fill the frame a bit more

Tags: Blur Panning Athletics Wheelchair Paralympics Sports and action

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Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2012 4:41PM
If you did what you said and you like it, then very good. To me it seems a little odd that the officials seem to have been suitable blurred but the track lines do not. I would have expected some blurring there as the track is not a straight line, but I presume part of a 400m track. Your exif is fine for a panning shot.

Anyway, although the officials are complementary to the scene to me they too look a little odd compositionally. (not your fault of course and you were limited by your seat as you mentioned.) One thing that would definitely have improved the composition is to have the competitor further left to allow room for him to wheel himself into, at present he is effectively going out of your frame and is a little central in bothl planes.

I will upload a mod of my crop and I have also removed the officials as although you like them, the fact that they are blurred (giving a sense of movement of course) and one is partly out of the frame, I wanted to see how it appeared without them. Not so good really, I would have loved to have seen another or more competitors racing against him instead of being on his own.


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pablophotographer 6 952 335
3 Oct 2012 5:47PM

your effort to show speed has worked. Actually speed is conceived not as much from the movement of the wheels or the hand of the athlete but from the blur on the officials.

I can explain to Focus Man why the lines did not blur. The lines as well as the athlete run parallel to you across the frame, your arm or waist movement did not influence their sharpness because it was done in the same speed with the athlete (great match!). The officials stood and that's why they are the only ones who appeared blurred in your image.

So because the official(s) give a hint of the speed, I would have kept just the one on the left, since the other one is not wholly visible.

I would crop a bit form the top and would leave the image with 9 lines starting from the officials, the last line on the top right doesn't seem matching the rest. I can read the image in a dramatic way I see no competitors on his front or his back because this is the last athlete, but he keeps going. A show of tremendous will and passion. Colour0wise, I would increase the vividness of the colours a bit, to make them more prominent, that couloir is too pinky for me, I would expect them to be brown or orange like the basketball balls. More vivid coour, more passionate impression Wink
Focus_Man 8 481 631 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 8:13AM


I can explain to Focus Man why the lines did not blur. The lines as well as the athlete run parallel to you across the frame,

They are curved as I mentioned, hold your 'straightener' across the length of a line and you will see the curvature which is there because the track is an oval 400m circuit. But let's not give critique on the critique of others, it only causes problems.
zigga 5 2 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2012 9:19AM
Thanks for the comments and see what you mean by a slight change in composition pablophotographer. I might make a few mods in PS myself and re-upload (change in composition, vividness of colour as mentioned,etc...)

All good and all taken on board, thanks very much guys.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 9:08AM
The composition is interesting but the panning needs more work. The figure and wheelchair are still a bit too blurred. You could do with a larger image and a really succesful pan would result in a sharp main figure and very blurred umpires indeed.

Your 1/30 is too slow and you are getting general movement as well as horizontal. 1/125 would do and f32 is way too small. Your lens is not at it's best at f32.


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