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Esapekka Lappi & Janne Ferm (Citroen C3 WRC)

By barthez
Rally Italia Sardegna 2019

I really like this photo. One of my favourite.

I wonder where is the room for improvment?

Tags: Motorsport Wrc Citroen Sports and action

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dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
15 Jan 2020 11:07PM
Welcome to Ephotozine, Bartek - and, in particular, to the Critique Gallery. You've only recently joined, but have uploaded over 200 pictures already. I think cars may be your favourite subject...

Here, there are no votes or awards, but you will get feedback: and the more you tell us, the more we can respond to your needs.

To help us help you it would be better if we knew a little more.

What is your reason for requesting critique?
What inspired you to take this photo?
What were you hoping to achieve?
Do you feel that you succeeded or failed - and why do you feel this?
Are there any specific elements of your photo that you want help with?
Do you want advice on camera settings, processing, composition, or something else?
Do you have any particular questions you would like answered?

The Critique Gallery works best as a conversation, soplease let us have some answers!

My first thought is that you've got two different types of picture in here, and they are fighting each oter. On the one hand, an action shot: on the other, a clever framing device. But the framing device is blocking the road ahead for the rally car, and obscuring something - the fact that we don't know what makes us want to see it even more...

Over to you, though.
banehawi Plus
16 2.3k 4163 Canada
15 Jan 2020 11:23PM
Its quite a good shot.

Immediate observations are that it needs more exposure, and that it needs more car.

Both can be addressed quite easily in post processsing by removin the cactus, etc, and adjusting exp[osure, contrast and white balance.

Ive uploaded a 16 X 9 crop with this done as an example.


Robert51 11 7 106 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2020 8:27AM
Great shot and I feel Willie's mod brings that out. The car on it's own is a powerful image the rest will just pull the eye away from that.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2020 9:07AM
Welcome from me too. I really enjoy this - off-road motor sport is where I got into 'serious' photography, some forty years ago, though never anything as extreme as this! You've caught the action on a curve, which is ideal.

I also like the sense of place, the use of foreground vegetation. The cactus says desert. It occurred to me that getting down a wee bit lower would have framed the action better, so I had a play and I've uploaded a fairly crude approximation.

I also lifted shadows very slightly, lightened and cooled colour a bit.
EDIT - PS You have some really attractive shots from this event in your portfolio, I'm seriously envious of the experience!
barthez Plus
100 1 Wales
16 Jan 2020 6:04PM
Ok guys. First of all motorsport especially rallies is the reason why I bought DSLR. Previous equipment I had to my disposal wasn't good enough to take such photos. I read and watch some interviews and videos with tips with professional rally photographers. What I remember they say: not only to concentrate on the cars but also try to show atmosphere (fans) and place where rally takes place (landscape). So it was my intention to have this cactus on the photo.

I feel that I need to work on composition but I also think I did some progress in this subject.

In my opinion I am quite alright with camera settings and with this technique - freezing movement. I know that I need more practice with panning technique. What I did last year at Wales Rally GB. I upload some photos soon.

Moreover I am still relatively new with RAW and post processing. I am atill learning Lightroom.

I like this photo but I put it to critique gallery because I wanted to get the opinions from more experience people.

I am very grateful for all your comments and suggestions.

Where can I see your modifications?
barthez Plus
100 1 Wales
16 Jan 2020 6:07PM
I found photo after modifications. thx
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 695 England
16 Jan 2020 7:23PM
Welcome from me too.

You've got some very good images in your portfolio and iot's good to see these working their way into the gallery as motorsport in general isn't a big genre on here, which is a shame.

I like your thinking on getting extra interest in the frame, that's always good to do. It makes images different and the fans and surroundings give a sense of place and atmosphere.

However, as mentioned the cactus acts as a big stop to viewing here. If it had been on the other side of the frame and the car running into open space the action would flow as the viewer looks at the image. Positioning yourself at these events can be tricky I know but a pace or two to your left could have made that framing possible.

mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2266 United Kingdom
17 Jan 2020 2:04PM

Quote:However, as mentioned the cactus acts as a big stop to viewing here. If it had been on the other side of the frame and the car running into open space the action would flow as the viewer looks at the image.

Couldn't resist trying this out...
dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
17 Jan 2020 7:42PM
Moira's second mod nails things well. The composition works, as the car isn't visually running into the cactus!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.6k 695 England
17 Jan 2020 8:19PM
Excellent Moira.
barthez Plus
100 1 Wales
17 Jan 2020 9:41PM
2nd Moira's modification looks good.

Unfortunately I don't know photoshop. And I rather won't have time to learn. Maybe when I retire TongueWinkSmile

I have so many photos after every motorsport event that takes me good several weeks to work on them in Lightroom.

Anyway thanks for suggestions. I will work on composition. I know that's not my strong side.

dudler Plus
17 1.3k 1698 England
19 Jan 2020 1:54PM
I'm told that most of the stuff you can do in Photoshop is now possible in Lightroom...

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