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Old Dec 3, 2006, 4:43 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I took this last weekend while on the sidelines injured. I can't decide which crop looks better. Any advice on how to get the face sharper, either through pp or when taking the shot would be appreciated.


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Old Dec 3, 2006, 4:44 AM   #2
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Here's the other crop.
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Old Dec 3, 2006, 8:44 AM   #3
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I think the shot is more balanced, and makes more sence with the three subjects. Infact, I really really like it. Try a little mask and gradual unsharp around the face and that could maybe work.
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Old Dec 3, 2006, 1:52 PM   #4
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Thanks Steven, I'll give the unsharp a go. I played around with slow shutter speeds a little bit and didn't get much luck other than this one - maybe there's a technique to getting more 'gotchas' or maybe it's just luck, I can't decide!
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Old Dec 3, 2006, 6:12 PM   #5
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Cool shots and #1 is the winner for me.

I keep meaning to try this when doing hockey as I have seen it used by a Pro and liked it. As for getting the face sharper it is going to be difficult as you are working with a subject that is moving in both the vertical and horizontal plane (usual panning shots have the subject moving in a single plane). I think the only way might be to increase the shutter speed slightly and also as with all panning shots ensure that you keep you subject in the same place of the frame all the time.
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Old Dec 3, 2006, 7:09 PM   #6
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#1 does it for me! This is an excellent shot. You will have your share of "throw away" pictures when panning but if you shoot enough, you'll have a keeper or two which are stunning. You don't need much 'in focus' in a blurred motion shot for it to rate high marks. As mentioned above, try some specific area sharpening around the eyes and I'd say you havea really great shot. These types of photos are very hard to shoot especially if the shutter is too slow. As mentioned by Mark, you may want to speed up the shutter just a bit and try a new series of shots with that.

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Old Dec 4, 2006, 11:50 AM   #7
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Excellent, thanks for the tips - I really appreciate them. I'm away on holiday soon so I won't be able to put your words into practice but when I get back I'll see what I come up with.

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Old Dec 6, 2006, 3:53 PM   #8
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I agree with my three erstwhile coleagues... No #1 kicks it for me.. nice balance and it gives a good sense of the complete moment....

I would say the way its cropped there it is conforming nicely to the 'rule of thirds' too...

I have no hints for the sharpening of the face.... other than trying 'Unsharp Mask'.

Nice pic...
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