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alex on pub run.

By gingerninja  
a shot of alex riding in grenoside wood, sheffield.

Tags: Cycling Flash Extreme Jump Downhill Mtb Static Freeride Flash and lighting Sports and action



6 Nov 2014 12:18PM
I think this is an excellent shot. It shows the context of the action very well, and the cyclist is in perfect focus - I wonder how many attempts it took to get it this sharp? The position of the bike is excellent too, at an angle, at height, and with the rider's leg positioned presumably to aid balance and landing. The only thing I may be tempted to do is increase the contrast of the cyclist a touch, but this is a brilliant photo as it is.

Best regards,
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.8k 2595 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2014 1:11PM
Hi Dominic, you've been on the site a long time but I think this is your first upload in the Critique Gallery? A warm welcome here, I hope you'll find it useful. I guess you know by now what we are about here!

Something important - the site is picking up your camera and lens but not your settings, could you add that information please, either as an edit to the upload or here in the Comments section? It's pretty important to see that for a shot like this!

It's a different approach to sports photography, which tends to zoom in on the human body. I like the way you have approached this, the rider as a part of the bigger picture. It's well composed, with that formal bar code arrangement of pine trunks. He's riding into the frame, not already centre-stage. That's attractive. The strong vertical of the trunk on the right side of the frame is particularly effective in holding the composition together.

I'm guessing that this was taken at the wider end of your lens, the trunks lean inwards a bit, I would be inclined to straighten them a bit.

You've cropped to emphasise the breadth of the scene. The rider is very small in the overall frame, which will look good printed large. For use on the computer I might experiment with tighter crops but I would still want to keep off-centre placement and some of those vertical lines.

And maybe a bit more contrast, but not too much. This really is about the woodland atmosphere. I like it a lot.

I shall download and have a look, if I can come up with a modification that I like it will appear under the button below your upload, click on the thumbnail to view.
paulbroad 15 131 1294 United Kingdom
6 Nov 2014 1:28PM
Mixed feelings here. Suoervsetting and composition with the cyclist as focal point. The impact of the stunt is, however, vastly reduced by the scale. U think, as an impact shot, the rider needs to be larger in the frame, a lot larger, with that same setting as background.

6 Nov 2014 3:28PM
Really nice capture. Love it!
banehawi Plus
18 2.9k 4348 Canada
6 Nov 2014 5:09PM
You have tagged flash, and flash/lighting for the image. Can you provide details assuming its not an error, along with the exif.


dudler Plus
19 2.0k 2000 England
6 Nov 2014 5:26PM
Technically, no issues. Whatever the settings, they work nicely!

And I'm worried for Alex - I'm not quite sure where he's heading, but I can't see it ending well...

It's unusual, and it combines a nice woodland scene with some action (and Alex is right on the thirds there: another compositional tick in the box).

The unusualness is both the strength and the weakness: as Paul has said, many others will - not close enough. But close up, it's just another stunt bike shot. Like this, it's a puzzle (where will he land) and a relaxed landscape. A bit of a Marmite shot. And I love Marmite...
dark_lord Plus
19 3.0k 836 England
6 Nov 2014 9:11PM
Sometime shooting sports taking the wider view is a good way to go to get something different, and you've made the most of the environment.

However, I'm with the crop just a little closer, and coming to this a bit later, Willie's crop is about what I would envisage.

It looks like you've fired a flash remotely, hidden behind the undergrowth in the middle distance. It would be nice if you could confirm this.
Either way, it's lit up the cyclist well, and a it's a good touch with the lighting.

No problems with timing either.
As for the use of light, I would keep the flash as it is and increase the shutter speed one stop to darken the ambient light for enhanced drama.

And well done to Alex too!

pablophotographer 11 2.1k 442
7 Nov 2014 1:15AM

I can hear at the birds singing... and the bike roaring. Congratulations.

The next frame I am anticipating to see is the landing!!!

I don't mind about the absence of exif data of the camera; I am looking at the frame!

Hence my following question. Is this a crop of an even bigger frame? The current proportions are roughly 2:1.
This actually is a feature I like. The frame introduces the trees at the left, the peace, the quiet, of the woods and suddenly it surprises withe the acrobatic that comes ''out of the green'' (rather the blue). Your decision to include the trees on the left is an idea I applaud for its knock on effect to the viewer. No, I wouldn't like to see this cropped differently despite not liking Marmite.

Unless Alex had a zero percent alcohol beer at the pub, I don't expect to see his back as he heads back home, but in case he had done, riding towards the deep green or making leas again, I'd shoot him vertically and from a lower point so I get the tip from the trees too.

Print it , frame it, hang it; it's awesome. Bravo.
pablophotographer 11 2.1k 442
7 Nov 2014 1:16AM
editing.. 'leas' should be read as 'leaps'. Blush
7 Nov 2014 4:37PM
thanks for the comments and edits everyone. sorry about the lack of info, must have not put full info on export from lightroom. ill make sure its on next time i post.
i used two flashes if i remember rightly. one one the right of frame hidden by a tree and the other behind the trees to the left of the rider.
they will have been manually set and triggered with pocket wizards.
yes its cropped in from a 5d image.

oh and alex was fine, well this one anyway Smile
Canonshots 12 206 13 United Kingdom
9 Nov 2014 6:28PM
I rather feel this one is pulling me in two different directions. The lovely peaceful feel of the tree patterns is suddenly disturbed by the realisation that this is a dramatic action shot, and I don't feel free to enjoy either aspect. I would say first of all take the shot from just this viewpoint but without the cyclist and present that as V1. Then zoom in on the cyclist when he appears and get a pure action shot with all the drama and excitement that that implies. Present that as V2, perhaps. That way the two different feelings would complement each other instead of each detracting from the other as I feel they do here.

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