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Mike Jordon

By Gary_Williams  
Brands Hatch: Season opener of the BTCC No2

Mike Jordan, in his Team Eurotech Honda Integra, qualifying on Saturday.

Taken from the outside of Druids, exposure was 1/3200s @ F5.6, the camera was set to AV mode and the ISO speed set to 200 because of the changeable conditions, hence the high shutter speed.

As with all my shots, post processed in Photoshop CS2. This is uncropped, the mods are;

A blast with a USM of 18,64,0
A curves adjustment to boost the contrast
Resize & border
Switch to Lab mode and another USM of 70,1.4.1
Finally, save to web (75% quality/compression)

Feel free to offer critique.



Tags: Sports and action

Voters: Freezeframe, TonyA, highlander and 46 more

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Carl40 16 18 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:13AM
Great image with a good DOF and great lighting love the sharpness and colour
tull 19 181 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:17AM
Fantastic colour and detail Gary great sporting capture.

MoWiz 17 114 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:19AM
you and pete must have been standing shoulder to shoulder, great shot!
blackett 18 18
12 Apr 2006 10:20AM
Very nice shot, well composed. Although, with the processing you've done the red seems maxed out on the wing mirrors. The extremely fast shutter speed has completely frozen the car which seems almost stationary imho. Ian.
ericfaragh Plus
18 149 6 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:22AM
Great composition, I like the inclusion of the second car.
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
12 Apr 2006 10:29AM
I'm with Blackett on this one Gary, it does all seem a little bit static because of the faster shutter speed. There's not even any blur on the wheels......Other than this, I like the shot, especially the composition where the other car is OOF in the B/G...

scott_jessuk 16 249 1 Scotland
12 Apr 2006 10:33AM
Very nice image again

Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 10:34AM

I'm just working my way back through the Gallery and I come across Pete's shot.

Mo, I was! We met up all too briefly. One of my later shots will be taken from Pete's step!

Ian, thanks for your comments, that's exactly what I was after. I'll upload a mod' without the curves tweak, and see if it looks any better. Possible if I'd uploaded the shot before when the car was more square on I would have got away with the high shutter speed.

I can't believe of the 2,500 shots I took at the weekend I upload a shot so similar to Pete's - well that's my luck Smile

Have a good evening folks, I'm back off to the gallery.
Psin 16 66 England
12 Apr 2006 10:36AM
Ha Ha

Would you believe it.
Even MoWiz has picked up on it
Nice one Gary.

Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 11:28AM
Ade, sorry didn't mean to ignore you, uploaded my comments just after you posted yours. I know what you mean about the lack of movement in the wheels, however I think the chassis loading gives a degree of action.

However I post these shots for the feedback, and both Ian and yourself have posted great feedback.

Rest assured, lesson learnt Smile

Cheers folks.

PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
12 Apr 2006 11:36AM
This is incredible. I can't believe how you completely froze the wheel in place. an dI can still tell there's action by the lean. Nice touch in back with the other car too!
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 11:36AM
Almost surreal look to it...could be models on a layout

vaughar 18 242 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 12:36PM
Great composition and colour, but its a bit static for a racing shot IMO. Love it all the same though Smile
stix 17 924 87 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 1:25PM
Great Shot,
composition focus and exposure spot on,but the bonus is the car in the background, who's overcooked it?
StevenPrice 17 30 2 England
12 Apr 2006 1:26PM
great colours love it.

yjjeep 18 13
12 Apr 2006 4:28PM
Pin sharp and the strong color stands out.I did a mod.Hope you do not mind.
tonymarq 16 1 United States
12 Apr 2006 4:34PM
Gary love the detail and colour on the car and like the one back in the distance adding depth!

stay well
Gary_Williams 18 38 3 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2006 9:57PM
Thanks folks, appreciate the comments.

Martin, its interesting you mention the car in the background, officially its off the track, however nearly all the cars used this area. Strictly speaking they should incur a penalty, bet nobody was penalised.

Thanks John for the mod

I think the consensus is not enough motion in the lead car, thanks for the critique, its appreciated.


lollydeakins 17 42 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2006 1:39AM
wow the large version is fantastic. Super colours and pin-sharp detail ........ click*

Lorraine :0)
ziddertz 17 61
13 Apr 2006 4:03AM
Very nice shot,love the contrast
Ripper 16 6
13 Apr 2006 4:55AM
Awesome shot! Always wondered why they don't just make the fake grass part of the track. Everyone drives on it anyway!

BOB S 20 2.6k
13 Apr 2006 10:36AM
Would be better with the gravel trap cloned into the top right corner, that dark bit witht the green blob is distracting. Also a bit static, with no dynamics.

xinia 17 54
14 Apr 2006 3:14AM
great angle
User_Removed 17 825 Lithuania
14 Apr 2006 5:15PM
... and you managed to get the one going off in the BG!!... Smart!

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