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In Full Swing

By Philo  
This one taken in the adventure playground at Lyme Park. I probably took about 15 shots as it was quite difficult to get right: timing, kids not smiling or looking, eyes closed, background distractions, missed focus, not enough dof etc.
I got a really good one at the top of the swings arc, just as it started to drop, so the girls' hair stood on end. Sadly the focus wasn't quite rightSad
So this was the best of the bunch. Processed from RAW, cropped either side slightly to put the chains in the corners and a boy cloned out bottom left.
She can smile after allWink
Looking forward to your comments and perhaps mods.

Tags: National trust Playground Swing Lyme park Portraits and people Humour and fun Sports and action

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Grampy 8 507 71 England
18 Jun 2011 1:49PM
A really super shot but oh what a shame the girl in the middle wasn't sitting on the other side, I think the open aperture adds so much to a nice image. Well done

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Philo 8 99 83 England
18 Jun 2011 2:13PM
The other shot I mentioned above with the poor focus was taken from the other side with both girls looking in the right direction. I just couldn't get every element right in one shot.
Thanks for the feedback again Phill
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
18 Jun 2011 9:27PM

Quote:timing, kids not smiling or looking, eyes closed, background distractions, missed focus, not enough dof etc.

. . . I've got loads like that!

I see what Phill means about the girl in the middle but then again, I've tried to get shots similar to this of my daughter and her friends and they rarely work.

There's not really anything else wrong with it though.

Philo 8 99 83 England
18 Jun 2011 9:55PM
Cheers Bren, I agree they probably rarely work. You need all the kids involved to be up for it to have a fighting chance.
paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2011 5:30PM
Nice shot. Always wise to shoot plenty - I can get dozens in a situation like this - 7 frames a second!. Might just darken the surrounding area a bit.

Philo 8 99 83 England
20 Jun 2011 8:50PM
I had a bad habit of machine gunning when I first got the Oly but managed to wean myself off it. Perhaps this was a good opportunity to try it again, especially with having a new camera! Good point regarding the background.

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