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Raw power

By mark2uk
My daughter competing in a 100m hurdle race this season.
I'm sure she will love this pic . . . Wink

She went on to win and equal her personal best time.

I was trying to capture the explosive start, and have tonemapped the image to give the resulting effect.
I like the tones on the athletes and the texture of the track surface in this pic. It had rained shortly before the race.

Thanks for looking.

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Greyheron 18 282 7 England
26 Oct 2012 6:49PM
A gritty powerful image - works well...


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BarryC123 11 43 25 Ireland
26 Oct 2012 7:18PM
Great atmosphere and sense of power. Excellent.
agingrocker 11 28 1
26 Oct 2012 7:47PM
Great timing and superb processing - raw power unleashed - excellent shot
Focus_Man 10 481 631 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 8:48AM
Your timing is impeccable, compositionally, personally I would level the picture up and get rid of the chunk of centre grass? top RHS.

The gritty finish is subjective but it works for me as a one off making this a different kind of capture.

Jestertheclown 11 8.2k 252 England
27 Oct 2012 10:41AM
I'm not really a fan of this kind of processing but in this instance, I'll disregard that!

What impact you have here.

You've captured the moment perfectly and the gritty finish is an excellent choice. I imagine this looks better than its colour original.

I'm sure your daughter will love it too.

mark2uk 14 869 8 England
27 Oct 2012 11:44AM
Wow - thanks for the comments.
Bren you are right - the colour original looked a bit flat which was why I was playing around with various processing techniques.
Glad you could all see the textures and power I wanted to show.

banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4123 Canada
27 Oct 2012 2:19PM
Great dynamice feel to this Mark. Like Bren, not a big fan of the treatment, but it does work here. I like the suggestions made above, and incorporated them in a mod. Ive cropped to a panoramic format, removed that corner grass, leveled using the blocks as a reference. I like the different perspective the pano gives it. Also toned down the highlights a little.

If you have the colour original, why not upload it as a mod so we can see whats possible with that to?

Hope this helps,


mark2uk 14 869 8 England
28 Oct 2012 8:58AM
Uploaded the original as a modification
paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2012 10:29AM
It's all wrong, but it works, and works very well. Just shows you, doesn't it? The processing has lifted what is already a good image to one that demands attention and makes you look.

cats_123 Plus
16 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
1 Nov 2012 11:07AM
fine shot and conversion Smile
widtink 7 406 2 Scotland
24 May 2013 10:11AM
A gritty and very powerful image , i love it hope your daughter does to Smile


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