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Close Battle

By biglog
Here we have Wil Wood( i believe in Ben Morses boat) battling with Tom Yallop in boat 71 in the GT30 class at the Lancashire Grand Prix.These boats run a 30hp engine and are capable of speeds upto 60mph.This class is very competive as it
involves both male and females from ages 14+ with no upper limit.
This shot was taken very low to the water during late afternoon at the bottom end of the course.I have chosen to turn it into a black and white image as there was not to much colour in the original shot.Have also cropped it slightly.

Tags: Black and white Digitally manipulated Sports and action

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paulbroad 10 123 1234 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 10:25AM
Potentially first rate but your crop is just too tight. You need a little bit of space above the back boat and clear space on the left. Keep them close to the left by all means, but not cut off.

The monochrome tones are a bit compressed. I assume this was to retain detail in the frothing water but you have gone a bit far and it appears grey. You need to convert with the channel mixer, carefully selecting how much of each primary to use in your conversion, red green and blue. Then adjust final contrast whilst retaining detail.


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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
15 Jun 2013 11:59AM
I agree with what Paul's said the crop is a little close but you still retain good action, however next time a littlemore space to the left and the top of the image. As for the tones the sun is creating good white highlights which need to be complimented with good black shadows. I have loaded a mod where I've simply identified the shadow of the water waves as black and this is reflected through the whole image. I then increased the highlights to retain the brightness and your detail is retained.

Overall I really like this image well done.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1887 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 12:58PM
You say that you have cropped - I wonder where? I agree with the above criticisms, there needs ideally to be a bit more space at the top, for the spray, and also on the left for the wake. But very well done for getting two boats in the shot, at contrasting angles and nicely differentiated from each other by precise focus and depth of field. This is not a subject that you can control in any way, it's all about observation and timing.
Erik's Mod addresses the main processing problem, boosting the true black and white areas gives a more satisfying result and also gives a better sense of depth, distance.
biglog 4 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2013 7:21PM
Thankyou all for the constructive comments,moira has hit the nail on the headhere i think in mentioning where i have cropped.Due to the speed of the boats and trying to get both in shot where they are in frame is how it came out of camera.The crop i did was only from bottom and right hand side.As for the b/w conversion i have used photomatix on artistic mode.I think it has maybe overdone the effects making it less pleasing to the eye.I can see the mod is more of a b/w image.

thanks martin

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