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By rowarrior
V8Dunc very kindly let me come down and have a play with his long lenses at the hockey practice he was running for the under 12s at Kilmarnock ice rink. This is Wee Dunc, aka hipcheck , skating in to get the puck. Alas my sports photography skills don't run to getting both him and the puck in the same shot, but one has to start somewhere lol.

I was a bit paranoid about what the grain would be like, given that this was at ISO 1600, and my Canon 20D has grain issues about ISO 800, but it doesn't seem to be too awful.

Thanks again to Big Duncan for the loan of the lens, and Wee Dunc for being a good subject.

C&Cs welcome Smile

Tags: Portraits and people Sports and action

Voters: lesgoodey, motorsportpictures, rocky41 and 37 more

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motorsportpictures 12 289 23 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 8:51PM
Superb action capture.
PeelNStick 16 4 United States
22 Jun 2009 9:26PM
Good sports action shot. I don't see a lot of hockey shots on the site. This is different.
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
22 Jun 2009 10:00PM
v8dunc 13 333 4 Scotland
22 Jun 2009 10:27PM
I think i have seen him before somewhere ,really good shot Katy,possibly slightly over saturated(might need to recalibrate my monitor ).Excellent

Cheers Duncan
rowarrior 13 4.4k 9 Scotland
22 Jun 2009 10:56PM
Thanks all

Quote:really good shot Katy,possibly slightly over saturated

Thanks Duncan, you may be right, that yellow could be a bit eye searing! Will maybe have a go at toning it down Smile
photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
22 Jun 2009 11:44PM
super shot
fauxtography 15 6.6k 36
22 Jun 2009 11:52PM
Nice and light and bright!

Noise? It's indoor sports... bump the iso and noise be damned! Smile Like you say, pity that you did not get the Puck, that would give this shot thta extra edge, yep there is a bit of over saturation as Dunc said, but you have got a nice dynamic pose and a great expression on wee Dunc's face, you can tell he is having fun!
DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
23 Jun 2009 1:44PM
This is a good action shot with the hockey player well caught in full flow. I do find the image a little too bright with no detail in the whites so I have uploaded a mod with a levels adjustment. (I just moved the middle slider to the right). The change is a subtle one.
The colour saturation is fine for EPZ as it is very eyecatching and helps the thumbnail to stand out. Andy
GreyMoonRising 12 1.5k 1
23 Jun 2009 3:09PM
Grain? what grain? hardly shows on screen, if you had not pointed it out I doubt if anyone could have been any the wiser of the iso setting.

Nice piece of sports photography too. If I had a small, teensy weensy gripe it might be that the hockey stick is cut in half? Otherwise very well done.

rowarrior 13 4.4k 9 Scotland
23 Jun 2009 8:37PM
Thanks all, and to Dogsbody for the mod, it did improve the whites. I think I was so excited about fixing the horrible sodium cast it had originally that I maybe went a bit OTT with the whites!

I think it may have been better in landscape format, in retrospect, then I might have got the stick and the puck in, but a lot of the aim of the exercise was pretending they were fast moving puffins, who tend to only come armed with sand eels in their beaks, so I was focussing on the players to exclusion of anything else. Will have to see if I can have another go at some point.
cassiecat 12 39 46 England
24 Jun 2009 7:30PM
looks good to me like the colours.lesley
alansnap 17 577 26 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2009 9:32PM
Smashing shot. Well done, Dad
StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
1 Jul 2009 11:00PM
You missed your calling.

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