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AJG Plus
9 6 Scotland
25 Jan 2010 7:57PM
Cracking shot.

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MB63 9 England
25 Jan 2010 7:57PM
Nice shot.... Wierd people!
25 Jan 2010 7:58PM
good picture, sad story.
25 Jan 2010 8:04PM
Another stunner, really good.

martin.w 16 516 22 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 8:04PM
Looks great fun.....not!! Wink
Dave_Holdham 9 4 1 Wales
25 Jan 2010 8:07PM
Superb image, well captured
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
25 Jan 2010 8:30PM
great shot. can anyone turn up & take photos there ?
NikkiW 11 33 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 8:34PM
is that supposed to be enjoyable..........?
great capture
Scaramanga Plus
10 56 6 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 8:35PM
Superb capture.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
25 Jan 2010 8:55PM
Excellent work Tony, love the smoke in the background.
Regards Richard
Tebbs 11 10 England
25 Jan 2010 8:56PM
Nice one photosport1
Same question as Colin & is it on Saturday or Sunday, it looks worthy of a 2 hour drive to me.
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 8:59PM
Its on Sunday check out the web for details
9.30 am is best to get in as it gets full then they stop you going in.

Thank you all for your clicks and Comments
Tebbs 11 10 England
25 Jan 2010 9:05PM
Thanks Tony
Looks like the alarm will be set for 6 on Sunday, that will please the better half.
25 Jan 2010 9:20PM
Great capture, thought you had added the fire and smoke in photoshop till i read the description
Phil_Restan 12 280 9 England
25 Jan 2010 9:23PM
Full of action, excellent comp and the exposure is spot on.
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
25 Jan 2010 9:25PM
Cracking location Tony,looks like it could be hard work for the participants !
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
25 Jan 2010 9:31PM
One of the best action shots I've seen here! What a race.
Tebbs 11 10 England
25 Jan 2010 9:44PM
That's a shame, just seen on there web site it's not open to the general public.

"Tough Security will keep out public casual visitors.
It is private to Tough Guy™ contestants and personal supporters.
Health and Safety numbers prevent opening to the public."

Looks like the wife will get her beauty sleep after all, have fun Tony & I look forward to seeing your pics next week.
Eviscera 11 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 9:51PM
Looks a tough challenge mate Wink
AlleyCatz 12 274 6 England
25 Jan 2010 10:01PM
Great work and resulting image.

They must be mad!

Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 10:02PM

Take absolutly no notice of that, they say that every year.
Basically they can not get insurance so they use that to try to keep us out.

Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 10:37PM
Thank you very much Nick for your user award, it is very much appriciated.

GHGraham 8 7 10 Scotland
25 Jan 2010 11:12PM
Tonal quality & atmosphere superb. just imagine if the guy was in a military uniform with a rifle over his shoulder .

Looks like war movie set; quite impressive.
User_Removed 14 16 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2010 11:21PM
fascinating shot, why on earth does anyone want to do this? but i'm so glad they do!

Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
26 Jan 2010 5:35AM
Superb action photography Tony.
26 Jan 2010 10:21AM
Fantastic shot - excellent !

Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 11:38AM
Cheers Pete
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Jan 2010 12:08PM
Really wish to go...but I haven't found anyone wanted to go with me....Sad
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 12:22PM
Meet up with us then, im sure there will be many more off us Cole.
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
26 Jan 2010 12:27PM
I will seriously think about it, Tony.
Could you please pm me your mobile?
LesF 11 182 9
26 Jan 2010 1:41PM
Superb photography, congrats on the badge

26 Jan 2010 3:05PM
Superb Composite

few errors showing up
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 6:55PM
Thank you very much for your award Jan.
fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
26 Jan 2010 9:36PM
Ok, I'm with Smackmyfish, normally i'd go with the sh*t sandwich, but due to a bread shortage, you'll have to make do with it on toast, sorry.

Compositionally good, nice balance, it's a little tight and compressed but overall works well and has enough to keep your eye interested and moving.

Now, on to the technical side, sorry but this is some poor PS work, there are plenty of Halos from your masking, where you have blurred the background, but not masked you posts effectively are the most obvious.. for example several of your posts have bad halos around them and also weirdly blurred tops and oddly non blurred bit between them where you have added the fire in. Also smoke does not blur out dark objects like you have it here.... light kinda does do that, but not dark objects. On the subject of posts, you have badly masked the lower right post at the bottom (near his right hand) as you can see it and the burning straw merging together when one should obscure the other.

The guys right arm, the back edge of it is blurred when it should not be, again to bad masking most likely, as almost all of him is sharp, and if it was movement on his part the other edge of his arm would be blurred too.

Overall the blurring of the background is badly done in PS ie it's obvious it is done in PS rather than being soft billowy smoke, far too smooth and uniform, no texture or noise to it at all. And finally if you are to add in fire to an image make sure that the one at the back is not seemingly impervious to the wind that is flattening the other two bits of fire. Good effort, but much more work is needed.
Tonyd3 Plus
13 1.1k 18 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2010 11:26PM
OK Mark just for you i have uploaded the jpegs of the combined files, apart from the water in front of the running man.

The background blurring as you will see is done in camera with a 200mm f2 lens which has a VERY shallow depth of feild which does blur the smoke. there is no niose produced on a D3 until you get to around 4800 iso
fauxtography 12 6.6k 36
26 Jan 2010 11:30PM
Cheers, but still very different, you've worked on them heavily once combined to enhance the blur, and it shows. Incidentally if you'd altered your comp of version 2 slightly that would have been bloody brilliant, it's still good as it is though, better than your original post...
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
27 Jan 2010 12:45AM
Another beauty of an image, would love to try this tough man challenge one day, one of those memories to have with you forever.
Jay44 12 1.4k Wales
28 Jan 2010 12:33AM
Absolutely brilliant!
beckas 14 5 1 United States
29 Jan 2010 1:53PM
brilliant processing!
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
29 Jan 2010 4:41PM
fabulous, thanks for showing us how you did it.lesley
tazisdylan 8 1 10 United Kingdom
2 Feb 2010 9:06PM
A great composition and thanks for sharing the component parts.

The only thing I find distracting is the area over the runners legs/knee. Personally, I would prefer him 'clean' of this. But hey, what do I know.
GHGraham 8 7 10 Scotland
4 Feb 2010 5:10PM
I had no idea this was a composite. I take my positive comments back. I think if you are going to fabricate photos then it needs to be said up front so the photographer stays honest.

Another good example of why I avoid Photoshop.

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