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alex

By gingerninja  
a shot for static clothing. trying to capture the location as well as the action.
off camera flash out off frame on the right. fired using pocket wizards.

Tags: Cycling Alex Downhill Static Mountainbike Flash and lighting Dh Sports and action

Comments


paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2014 1:44PM
Got me a bit, here. Do you mean this is an advertising image? If so, for the clothes being worn?

I actually like this one. A good composition, nice setting and the cyclist big enough to dominate. Nice shot.

To advertise the clothing? Not so sure. Could be any clothing.

Paul

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.8k 2142 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2014 1:56PM
I'm assuming that this is advertising for the clothing manufacturer; it shows their logo pretty well - probably as well as can be achieved in an action shot rather than posed.

It's got a lot of good points. Good placement of the cyclist, he's off-centre, with space to move into. I would prefer to see him a bit lower in the frame, with less of the soft foreground, a bit more of the tall straight trees above. If this is cropped down from a larger frame, that's worth considering.

If you are thinking in advertising terms, having him cycling from left to right rather than right to left would create a more positive, up-beat feel. He creates a nice diagonal against the verticals of the trees - though again tilting the other way would give a rising diagonal which is upbeat, dynamic.

And that red really sings out against the forest greens!

Technically, 1/200 second is rather slow for action of this kind, I would want 1/500. You got away with it because he was coming towards you rather than travelling across the frame, and I assume that he wasn't travelling very fast at this point.
Moira
keithh 16 25.6k 33 Wallis And Futuna
8 Nov 2014 3:36PM
Had this been elegible I'd have given it a GE award.

It's ideally composed with room for the agency to crop and insert copy and the fact that he's framed within a natural space gives this punch.
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1571 England
8 Nov 2014 5:23PM
I wonder if the manufacturer would want a bigger image in the frame: but I really like this. It succeeds in its aims, for me.

A slightly tighter crop, removing the majority of the soft leaves i nthe foreground and cropping left and right through treetrunks may be worth a look - mod uploaded.

Keith has a point - it is a really fine image, and very votable!
pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2014 12:32AM
I think this is an excellent image, Dominic, but have to say that I like it mirrored, as in Moira's modification.

I only have one suggestion.
Remove some small distractions in the background:-
1. The white log (?) on the ground, to the left of the rider.
2. The grey log (?) below that.
3. The small light-coloured branch above and to the right of the rider.
4. The few golden leaves over his right shoulder.

I have removed these in my modification, to see if you think it gives the image a cleaner look.

It may be that the buyer would like to put some text into the image, and the blurred foreground might be just the right place for that.

Pamela.
9 Nov 2014 10:32AM
thanks for the comments and mod guys.

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