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AnneWorner 12 620 43 United States
5 Dec 2013 12:41PM
... the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition…

This image pretty much tells that story: from the boxer on the ground, looking off into the crowd - is he making eye contact with someone in particular? Your timing on the referee is perfection -his stance says it all: it's over; The winner in the far corner is in his own world of success, also making eye contact with someone over on the far left.

I'm not a fan of boxing but I was reared watching it with my father as a child; we're talking back in the days of Ingemar Johansson, but I do appreciate good photojournalism, and I am glad the boxers have head protection these days.

I keep hitting the UA instead of the GEA, so you will have both as soon as I have stopped rambling on. You would have had my UA for this also if it were all I had to offer.


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rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
5 Dec 2013 2:59PM
Superb POV Roger U/A for today !! Get in the ring !!!
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2013 4:07PM
This is so good. I keep coming back here for a second look, meanwhile Anne and Ron have got in ahead of me... Great sports photography is seriously undervalued here which is a shame, it's good to see this getting the recognition that it deserves.

I've tried photographing boxing but only training sessions, not competition. So much is in the lap of the gods, as with any 360° action; chance gave you an angle on the aspect that tends to get overlooked, the loser. The victor, so small in the background, is important, but the story is exhaustion and disappointment. The referee, cold, clinical, 'Next one please!', is important too...
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 599 England
5 Dec 2013 7:31PM
Great stuff, the expressions well caught on all three persons in the ring, I don't think this would have quite the same strength if any of the faces were not visible.
Nice and contrasty mono, too. Reminds me of classic sports photography. I just looked through your portfolio (some cracking stuff there) to find the colour one, and this version here is much stronger.

I don't normally comment on the camera used, but I have to laugh at those who say you can only shoot sports on a 1 series. Smile

dudler Plus
16 977 1536 England
5 Dec 2013 8:55PM
Three perfect poses.

As for Keith's comment - it's a matter of when you press the shutter release. You only need one frame to nail the perfect moment, not a high-speed burst... A shot like this is about anticipation and being prepared for the moment when it arrives. And then, any camera will do it right: even a Nikon F without motordrive, or a Hasselblad 500.
fazzer 10 54 7 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2013 7:40AM
UrbaneMagick 7 172 1 United Kingdom
10 Dec 2013 10:10PM
Brilliant piece of sports photography....adding you to connections so that I don't miss any more Wink


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