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  #65 Unusual/different angles
Entry 10 of 27
Flying by       ©2009 dodrizzt
Panasonic DMC-FZ50       10th place, 68 points
1/400s, f5.6, ISO 100, 35mm, Normal Program, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Crop, a little lifting up shadows on face, selective radial + gaussian blur, resize, USM       Extra Info: My nephew performing his wonderful "follow-me-ball" dribling :-)
Setup: camera grounded on the grass pointing up in, more or less, 45 angle, set to burst mode, my nephew flies by -almost over- the camera making the ball follow him from behind... low angle and very unusual movement, too.
The pic was nicely sharp considering how fast the movement was, but I felt it gained much more "drama" with the selective focusing in PP... hope you enjoy it :-)
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Oct 1, 2009
    The answer is yes. My fingers: http://fujimugs.com/challenge/entry.php?entry=9936

Sep 30, 2009
    Congrats Drizzt Do'Urden , therefore your two pics are also bennevan the top ten.
Edited on Sep 30, 2009

Jade O.
Sep 29, 2009
    Thanks for the info. dodrizzt!

Sep 29, 2009
    Una, Jade: many thanks for your comments (and votes :-) I'm happy enough being in Top Ten with such nice competence :-)

Jade: The PP was, more or less (can't remember exactly): Duplicate layer, applied radial blur: Zoom mode, Optimal Quality, aprox. 15 intensity, setting the center point around my nepehw's head and torso. Then applied a light gaussian blur to soften a little the radial blur. Finally, just selectively deleted part of the layer carefully, using a soft brush at more or less 20% opacity, to discover the parts I wanted in focus from the bottom layer. Simple yet effective :-) All done in Photoshop, but I believe the process is easy to emulate in other softwares.

Sep 29, 2009
    I thought it would at least finish in the TF. Anyway, congratulaions to your TT finish! A great shot!

Jade O.
Sep 28, 2009
    Well congratulations on your top 10 finish but as I voted this No. 1, I obviously thought it should have scored higher. I agree the lower corner was essential to frame the subject and "ground" the shot otherwise your nephew could have appeared to be leaping off a cliff! Now no one else asked, so I will: Can you detail the steps you used for PP and the software used?

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Sep 28, 2009
    - Mepo: Thanks!!! :-)) yes, I'm satisfied - but even more is my nephew, and that's great :-) he is a very talented little sportsman, besides football (soccer) he has played basketball, karate, has done cycling, rolling, motocross and karting - he's the star of the family :-)
- Una: many thanks and glad you liked it :-) yes, I was lying on grass too, did not use a remote, the swivel screen on the FZ50 is great (hope you've enjoyed your Oly one too :-)
- Franz: Always happy when I get a nice comment from you :-) Yes, my nephew (and niece) are my most cooperative models :-D you can have seen him in my entries in "From the movies" and "Surrealism" (the treeboy :-)
- Wangi: Also many thanks for your nice comment :-)

Sep 28, 2009
    Many thanks to all of you for such nice comments :-) I was more than a little doubtful about my PP, assuming many of you could see it as "overdone"... I'm glad you liked the result!
- Jade: Many thanks as usual, I'm very happy you liked the PP as I use to like yours so much :-)
- Alisande: Thanks for such nice comment - and welcome to our little great community :-)
- Raf: you are right, I took 61 pics, some in 3-burst mode, to get this one :-) but it was a nice and funny time, well spent. I also was a little doubtful with the left bottom corner, is the house in shadows, even cloned it out, but finally decided to leave it as a little help for "framing" the movement, despite its darkness.
- Kjwags: also many thanks :-) you've hit the nail, the pick was tack sharp in the background, so sharp that even distracted a lot from my nephew - so I decided to take the blurring approach. Glad you liked it :-)

Sep 28, 2009
    A real sense of energy in the shot - well done

Sep 27, 2009
    Great idea! Angle, movement but still perfectly sharp where it has to be.
Nice colors and light. ...I think I already know this boy, but don't remember from what challenge.

Sep 27, 2009
    This is one of my favourites. Camera in the grass. You, too? Did you use a remote release?

Sep 27, 2009
    I think you achieved a super photo and it must have been satisfying after all your work. Your nephew looks to be very talented. In my tt

Sep 25, 2009
    Great action shot, like the angle of the shot taken from below, gives the shot alot of depth. Also blurring out the background & keeping the focusing on the subject helps to not take away from the shot, great job.

Sep 25, 2009
    The eyes/head are still and focused. Everything else in motion . An interesting action shot. I suspect you may have shot quite a few to get this. One minor element that jars is the dark left bottom corner. Well done.
Edited on Sep 25, 2009

Sep 25, 2009
    The selective sharpening is impressive--and so is your nephew's dribbling. Wonderful indeed!

Jade O.
Sep 24, 2009
    Incredibly well executed both in the taking and the PP work. Great shot!
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