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    which do you prefer?





    (both from the local annual triathlon competition, last Saturday Sony R1)

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    I like the second one. The boys on the right on the first one really bother me. Although I like the shot. The second one tells the story better also
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    Re: which do you prefer?

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    (both from the local annual triathlon competition, last Saturday – Sony R1)
    The first one could be a great picture but needs some work, as Guy mentioned the people on the left are distracting, you need to make them less so. Otherwise I really like the rest, the black wet suit has a lot of presence, there's power, motion and great reflections on it, imo this image has a lot of potential!

    The 2nd image is ok and yes it tells the story better but I don't find anything special about it. I guess the one to choose depends on how you want to use them.

    Maybe a sandwich of both images will give exactly what you want.
    Last edited by ddk; 3rd September 2008 at 05:53.

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    The first one has a lot of power just need to get rid of the kids on the left and it would be outstanding
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    Re: which do you prefer?

    I love how you captured the legs in the first one but like Guy, I think the two people standing there do detract and the second one although not quite as dramatic tells the story better.

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Agree --- second one tells a better story.
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    Thanks all for your comments. You are quite right, as I feared, that the teens in the first pic are detracting. I made them a little less detracting but have no idea how to get totally rid of them. (It was their job to stand on both sides, so they are in most of the photos from that place.) Yes, the second tells a better story, so I am in two minds.
    BTW I had put the camera on the ground on a little tripod and released the shots by cable remote control, looking from above at the swivel-mounted lcd of the R1. There were some other photographers with better cameras than mine, but they couldn't get this angle of view. Why only isn't this feature (swivel-mounted lcd) so seldom?

    This is the new version:


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    If you dont mind cropping lose the child on the far left and the hand and darken the T-shirt as much as possible,its possible that the hand above her head is not adding much.Regards,Neil.

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    The only problem with the first image is I had no idea it was a competitor (in a triathalon?) until I saw image 2. I mean on its own, image 1 could be a snorkeler that ate at a bad restaurant earlier that day. It is a good composition though...
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    Well I just had to do it. I will remove if OP wants me too. Just had to try it out and see if it helps
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    I still say a sandwich is best of both worlds

    Here's a quick and nasty just to give you an idea but can clean up pretty good given a little time.


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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Well I just had to do it. I will remove if OP wants me too. Just had to try it out and see if it helps
    I am speechless, thanks a lot. How did you achieve this?

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    Re: I still say a sandwich is best of both worlds

    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    Here's a quick and nasty just to give you an idea but can clean up pretty good given a little time.
    Now I understand. Impressive, I like it. But I am afraid, this pic is not eligible for the contest, because it's better than reality.

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by nei1 View Post
    If you dont mind cropping lose the child on the far left and the hand and darken the T-shirt as much as possible,its possible that the hand above her head is not adding much.Regards,Neil.
    This is the uncropped photo:


    Now what about this 4/3-crop? I sacrificed the hand for getting rid of the distraction:


    There is another athlet I caught well, but I am afraid, not so dynamic as the first:

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    I LOVE the first shot WITHOUT the two boys...
    the legs & feet are Quite Stunning caught in Action
    (Per Guy's Crop)

    best-H

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Must say, I'm not won over by the idea of having just the lower part of the body in the photo. An odd perspective should add something extra, and for me this doesn't. What was the reason not to recompose as in the last shot? As a composition that works the best for me, even though, like you say, the moment is not as dynamic as the others.

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Quote Originally Posted by helenhill View Post
    I LOVE the first shot WITHOUT the two boys...
    the legs & feet are Quite Stunning caught in Action
    (Per Guy's Crop)

    best-H
    I like the hands in the shot.

    Hans just used the cloning tool in CS3 and carefully cloned other area's.
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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Hi All,

    Well, from the initial two offered I like the fact two participants show the context better in the second image.

    Guy,

    I am no post processor but I am impressed with your modifications.

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    Re: which do you prefer?

    Personally I think its ok to crop if you really must ,youre not changing the world you photographed,but to sponge out a couple of kids to obtain a desired image seems inconsiderate and a little rude.Having looked at the image again the original with all the kids in is the best.

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