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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

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paulbroad 13 131 1290 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.

mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 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.
keithh 17 25.7k 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
17 1.4k 1775 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 1.5k 2189 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.

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

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