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End of the Innings

By Bigpoolman
The last wicket to fall.

Minimal editing in LR. I did put a vignette on it to emphasise the main action. Think it works but ??

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Cricket Summer Sports and action 2017 MeylerCup PalaceShield

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mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2017 9:49PM
It's a superb action shot, perfectly timed, technically you nailed it. You also got in the right position in the first place, that's a big part of the secret.

I'd like to see the full frame, before cropping and vignette. Yes it's about the batsman, but the context matters. I don't think dark vignette works for events and action - here it seems unnecessary and perhaps detrimental.

Maybe warm colour slightly and darken highlights? But I'd rather try that on the original file.
20 Aug 2017 10:01PM
Thanks Moira, original uploaded as a mod

dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1841 England
21 Aug 2017 6:52AM
As Moira says - the vignette is heavy, and draws attention. It would work with a subtle olde-worlde monochrome (preferably with full WG Grace beard), but here it's a distraction.

My crop makes somethign of the nagles and hte tree as counterpoint.

The main thing is that you have caught the moment beautifully. So good it needs no show-off editing...
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2404 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2017 7:53AM
Thanks for uploading the original, I've added a mod based on it.

First of all it confirmed my feeling that vignetting is counter-productive here. This really is about the feel of village cricket, and the background is delightful as balance, filling out the bigger picture. So often we talk about avoiding background distractions. This is one instance I think where you can have two stories going on in parallel without losing either. The focus is perfect on the batsman, but there are those lovely family groups getting on with their own lives on the left.

I wanted to keep those. I like the tree on the right but this works best I think if the batsman is off-centre so my crop is different to John's, I sacrificed the tree in favour of the families.

Apart from that, very simple adjustments - I lightened shadows, darkened highlights very slightly, added a bit of brightness, used the burn tool (midtones) very gently on the batsman Then I used Correct colour cast by placing the eyedropper on a blueish bit of his whites and that warmed the colour to where I wanted it.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
21 Aug 2017 1:11PM
Its a nice shot. I agree that the vignette isnt needed, and more is better.

Also tried a mod using the original

dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 768 England
21 Aug 2017 8:50PM
Very well timed capture (less so for the batsman!).

Vignettes on the whole (no pun intended) don't work well for sports shots. You don't generally see them applied to images in sports publications or websites.
For portraits and studies of sportspeople that's a different matter as there you have more creative freedom.
21 Aug 2017 9:38PM
Thank you all. I do appreciate the feedback.

I wasn't sure about the vignette but convinced myself it was a good idea, now you've successfully convinced me that it wasn't. If you don't try then.... The mods are quite different and the points are all well made.


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