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By biglog
Taken at Stokes Bay . Gosport during the P1 Superstock Races. This is Stuart and Sarah Cureton racing in there Panther boat.

The wind was blowing, the light was awful, the rain was sweeping across the Solent, the waves were throwing us all over the place on the boat we were on and the seawater was crashing over the decks onto my camera. However still managed to get a few good shots of the Panthers in amongst a lot of just sky and sea.

Tags: Sports and action Panthers Gosport Stokes Bay speedboat

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
10 Aug 2015 3:30PM
You did really well under the circumstances. Its well focused, good detail, and has a sense of speed.

Perhaps cropping to a wide format with a bit more space on top would suit the bullet shaped boat, as in the mod.

It also has some minor sharpening and contrast, though youve done a great job as it is. Ive rotated it slightly, - I might be off, and it may be better tilted, it may well be correct as it is. I judged by the top, where there seems to be a slight tilt.

Well done,


biglog 7 42 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2015 4:06PM
Thanks Willie..i agree about the crop, does seem to suit the shape of the boat better, I actually do normally end up cropping wider with most of my boat shots. As for the tilt you are correct it was of slightly which was unintentional however a lot of the powerboat photographers do actually put a very intense tilt on to there shots now to give them more impact..say 45 degrees or something like that...

Thanks for the mod and the feedback..

dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
10 Aug 2015 7:08PM
As Willie says. I'd want more space above, and less below.

The extreme tilt works, but again, it needs less space below. Give the space above, and to move into. Put it on a bottom third, not a top one, I'd suggest. Occasionally, doing the other thing works, but the conventional line usually succeeds better. I've done a mod from the original...
paulbroad 13 131 1290 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2015 8:01PM
It is a good effort of a difficult subject and the boat is coendably sharp. I do find the ovrall exposure a bit over and would darken and lift contrast. A slight top crop to reove the small very blurred boats and I would clone out the turn bouy.

I know it's part of the story in a sense, but it does intrude.

biglog 7 42 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2015 3:45PM
Thanks for feedback John and Paul..

John, thanks for the mod it does definitely work better having the space at the top and room for the boat to move into. A lot of the shots due to conditions it was difficult to get any subject in the frame at all, which I guess makes it more pleasing when you do hit upon a good image..

Thanks Paul for your idea about removing the bouy, I think you may be onto something there and I may try cloning it out in the future. Really had not considered that before, however I think you are correct about it may be being a little distracting.

TanyaH Plus
17 1.3k 409 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2015 4:33PM
There's nothing I can add to any of the above, really. Cloning the buoy would undoubtedly be a good idea, as would the suggested crops.

However, I did have a happy few minutes imagining that it was a Minion (possibly Bob) from Despicable Me in the boat, given that the actual pilot is so low down as to be almost invisible Grin Ho hum ...

biglog 7 42 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2015 9:39PM
Funny you should say that Tanya as one of my pictures from the race is of one of the boats crashing into the yellow buoy sending it flying...on speaking afterwards to the navigator of that boat after the race he joked about how these Minions get everywhere these days and one had jumped in front of them..SmileSmile .will post up the picture soon..

Anyhow, all the best

dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1774 England
16 Aug 2015 8:19AM
Martin -

Quote:A lot of the shots due to conditions it was difficult to get any subject in the frame at all, which I guess makes it more pleasing when you do hit upon a good image..

I think that oen of the things we all missed was 'well done on getting results under these conditions. At ALL!'
biglog 7 42 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2015 11:21AM
Thanks for that John...

The saying is" The camera never lies" ..whilst it might not lie it also does not show up everything like the wind blowing at Force 5/6 and also the lens seems to have made light of the rain and seawater which was sweeping across the bay directly into our faces..Also not sure if you know the area but the America's Cup racing was held in same area a week later and day 2 was cancelled due to conditions which were the same as this Superstock racing went ahead in,!!

Despite all this is it was great fun and definitely where my passion for photography lies..Motorsport and especially water based motorsport..

All the best to you John.


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