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Bad Timing

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Taken today in Bangkok.
The sport is Ta Kraw, a kind of foot-volleybal, played with 3 against 3, with a small ratan ball. The title doesn't refer to my photography (allthough, with all the bad photos I took today, it could well have been), but to the man's early jump. Too early. you can see the ball popping up from behind his shoe... so he basically jumped too early and went under it.

Anyway, it's one of the very few that came out allright (all limbs in the picture... and the ball as well... and a reasonable composition) of the photos that I tried to take at 70mm and f2.4 to get a blurred bg.
In the mod section I put up the mono version. Tend to like the colour version more, except for the grain (had to up the ISO again as it was quite cloudy again and getting quite late), that looks better for b&w. So difficult to choose.

thanks for viewing, and feel free to critique

Tags: Sport General Bangkok Urban Sports Men Thailand Ta-kraw Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: NevP, barry john, Grimm and 19 more

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NevP 12 853 13 Canada
31 May 2007 5:59PM
Now we're rocking mate! It looks as though your timing was bang on even if his wasn't. Loads of impact here, crazy shapes, a large amount of disbelief that he can land right-side-up and for me the colour works very well. My only nibble would be the telegraph line directly above his foot. That aside this is visually exciting and I really like it. Nice one. Smile

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Grimm 11 587 6
31 May 2007 6:18PM
I like both versions, but i have to agree with you that the colour one is a stronger. Great timing, you finaly caught the ball right on impact. Well done.

oppo 11 6 2 Scotland
31 May 2007 6:41PM
It's funny, I thought the b/w version would be better but after looking I much prefer this. The timing is bang on and I like how the onlookers help direct attention to the player. Good one.

POOCHIE 11 21 6 United Kingdom
31 May 2007 7:00PM
Think you chose right with colour Koen, and you certainly got in nice and close on this one lol, I'm amazed at the height these guys can get too, great action shot.

imagio 11 12 1 England
31 May 2007 8:23PM
I agree with everyone the color one is better the sharpness of focus draws the attention onto the player so to me there are no distractions because of that, very good image, and nicely exposed..
DaveU Plus
11 1.4k 125 England
31 May 2007 9:33PM
Colour is certainly better Koen as it's easier to distinguish the main character from the background. And technically it's a very good action shot, better than I could do anyways. But it just does'nt do much for me in the way that much of your work does. I look at it but don't feel involved. Not sure if that makes any sense, but I thought I'd chip in my two cents worth anyway. Cheers, dave.
1 Jun 2007 1:26AM
Great action capture! Like so much the vibrant colours.

1 Jun 2007 3:36AM
thanks folks Smile
was further away for this one (70 mm) than with previous ones (24mm) Pooch Wink
TommyStr 11 9 3 Norway
1 Jun 2007 4:17AM

Quote:a large amount of disbelief that he can land right-side-up

That's what makes it for me. Like the colour too, especially the blue-orange complimentary contrast of his clothes works well..
1 Jun 2007 4:38AM

Quote:especially the blue-orange complimentary contrast of his clothes works well..

Just admit it... you love the cute little bears on his pants Wink
1 Jun 2007 6:10AM
what a great moment captured!!
for me I'd go for colour on this shot, because i believe it adds to the impact, and this pic is all about impact.

TommyStr 11 9 3 Norway
1 Jun 2007 6:34AM
d' (caught orange-handed)
User_Removed 13 239 7 England
1 Jun 2007 7:27AM
well captured. prefer bnw but either way its a good shot technically challenging & perfectly timed.

1 Jun 2007 10:46AM
What a action shot...nice.

1 Jun 2007 12:41PM
My vote goes for the colour as the foot and balls visibility is greater. Great clarity for such a high moving sport.

kitsch Plus
11 439 4 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2007 2:22PM

yep the colour one does this shot better justice
TyChee 12 275 1 United States
2 Jun 2007 3:03AM
Awesome action shot!
2 Jun 2007 6:43AM
Thanks Smile
whipspeed Plus
13 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2007 4:08PM
Superb capture of the action, the angles and stretch achieved are quite unbelieveble.
2 Jun 2007 4:51PM
well, he still missed the ball (quite often actually lol) Wink
Thanks Smile
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
13 Jun 2007 12:27AM
Another very good action pic Koen, and another mod. I do enjoy playing with these. Not that there`s anything wrong with them Smile

13 Jun 2007 3:43AM
Thanks again Paul. Particularly like the b&w version. very nice contrasting tones.

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