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Girls' Sand Sprint, Coogee Beach Surf Carnival

By GavMc
Surf Carnivals are a big part of Australian Beach Culture. I was lucky to be in Sydney on the 100th anniversary of Coogee Beach’s first carnival, for which they laid on a spectacular 2007 version, excerpts from which I will be posting over the next week or so.

This action shot was taken from the girls’ sand sprint, an event geared to training and testing surf lifesaver’s ability to quickly run to the water to undertake a rescue.

I like the image for the explosive ‘out the blocks’ action, and the repeated shapes of the different girls in their different club colours.

I cleaned the image up with contrasts and an unsharp mask, and then blurred all but the closest girl via the layers command. As part of the unblurring I included the sand she’s kicking up, and her shadow, essentials I missed in my first go. Although there is some fine detail from the other girls I found it all a bit busy, and so have tried to enhance the overall impact by only having her up sharp.

I added a border, accented red from her swimsuit, with a white frame – I just can’t seem to resist borders these days!

Tags: Photo journalism Australia Sand Carnival Sydney Surf Girls Sprint Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: miptog, G3, AlanBW and 33 more

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Slaterm 14 496 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2007 10:36PM
you have captured the dynamism of the start well. Nice work in PS to finish it off

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liparig 16 233 United States
12 Mar 2007 10:45PM
great action shot love the angle you used
una 16 10 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2007 10:56PM
Well caught action image.
iajacks 14 24 England
13 Mar 2007 1:20PM
an interesting action shot with lots of motion in it.

well done ian
sunshot 15 24 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 5:29PM
brilliant action shot, nicely captured.

daringdaphne 16 82 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2007 8:37PM
Wow: fantastic work. I mean that, it's not just a photo, but a finished photo.

GavMc 14 2 United Kingdom
14 Mar 2007 7:24AM
Thanks everyone! Gav
AlanBW 14 20 England
14 Mar 2007 7:45AM
Excellent action capture, well done
cf73 16 234 Australia
14 Mar 2007 11:40AM
Love the power caught in this image.
Gaz_H 13 150 1 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2007 10:50PM
Brilliant action shot
John_Humphreys 14 69 2 Ireland
21 Mar 2007 10:19PM
This is a fine action shot Gav. YOur description of the PS work is interesting but more to the point, effective in the picture. John

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