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Flying High

By simon9924
Windsurfing off Avon Beach, Christchurch. It was windy, dark, cold and raining, not exactly ideal sports photography conditions!

Tags: Sports and action

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jane benge 18 99 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2003 6:24PM
I shall be travelling to NZ shortly to visit my daughter & partner who have just taken up windsurfing. Hope I manage to get a shot of them but I think your Canon will have a lot more zoom than my Olympus Camedia 2020Z. Great action shot, have you tried adding some colour to the sky in photoshop?
simon9924 17 15
27 Dec 2003 6:31PM
Hi Jane. I haven't really used photoshop for anything more than cropping and removing blemishes. I really need to find some time and have a proper play with it.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
27 Dec 2003 9:22PM
Simon - super action shot - it must have been perishing cold as well. You should be able to lift this shot a lot with a bit of time to play with the histogram or curves. Looks sharp, so there should be plenty of detail to play with,

simon9924 17 15
27 Dec 2003 9:30PM
Thanks for the complement, I'll have a play in Photoshop and see what I can do Brian.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2003 7:10PM
Simon, I don't know if you have any Buzz plugins? I have just had a play and lightened (used an S curve), saturated and then used simplifier 3 and got a quite remarkable (to my eye) shot. It is particularly good considering it was from your 50 kb image here. Definitely have a go, the image has a lot of potential in my opinion.

(hope you don't mind me playing with one of you images?)

simon9924 17 15
28 Dec 2003 7:30PM
Brian, thanks. I have no problem at all with you (or anybody else) playing with any of my photos. The only plugins I have are the standard ones that are in Photoshop6. I have had a bit of a play with this and improved the image a bit (I think!), I will post it shortly.
UserDeleted 18 3.6k
29 Dec 2003 10:37PM

I think you'll find that it is Christchurch nr Bournmouth not NZ - would need a very long lens to catch those Dorset windsurfers from there ! :o)


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