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Old Feb 20, 2010, 3:08 AM   #1
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 5:25 PM   #2
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53 views and no c&c
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 5:55 PM   #3
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well, keep in mind those 53 views can be from non-members just browsing etc. so its unlikely that the number of ppl with accounts is near that.

also, please see the sticky at the beginning of the forum. specifically the part where you are to post 1 image only for this forum. it keeps comments and critiques directed and specific. if you wish to post more than 1, you may post a series in the appropriate other forum, and can label it "comments and critiques" welcome. and then pick 1 image that you wish further comment on in this forum. just keep that in mind next time.

ok. that said.

the biggest problem i have with this set is that you really cannot see the face/eyes in any of these shots. facial expression and eyes are a big part of sports photography as well, and do alot to add to the emotion/drama of the shots.

you have captured some good moments and probably display some pretty neat tricks (i have no clue about skateboarding though) and i am sure skateboard enthusiasts may appreciate the documentation of these tricks.

getting some shots with the face and eyes in view would add alot of interest for the rest of the audience not into the skateboard part and just looking for some good action shots.

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#1, a bit too soft, bit too loose of framing.
#2 this is actually my favorite of the bunch, as i like the way you have placed your subject in the frame, and its framed nice and tight.
#3 too much deadspace for me
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 6:50 PM   #4
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You can tell how little I know about shooting things like this, the only thought I had is that I would have liked a bit softer light - something that I have no idea if it would be possible or desirable with sports shooting. Take that with a grain of salt - I have little experience shooting sports of any type and less using flash or strobes of any sort.
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Old Feb 20, 2010, 9:22 PM   #5
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The rule of thumb for shooting people or animals, is to leave more space in the direction they are facing. One and three fail in that regard, number two suceeds. And while "rules of thumb" are made to be broken, not in this case.

All in all I like these shots. If you were entering this in a series for a newpaper, I would agree with Hards - Showing the face is another "rule of thumb." In this case, I believe you get away with violating it...

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i like #1, but i would have cropped some of the dead space at the top off.
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Old Feb 21, 2010, 1:59 AM   #7
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sorry about that

thanks for the inputs guys and gals,

and feel free to C&C ANY pictures i post on this site, id rather get ideas and forsight than a pat on the back, but complements are always good

thanks again,
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I'd have cropped off some dead space except for #1 where some more space at the bottom might have helped show how high off the ground he is. Also maybe a bit of cloning needed to clear that pole out of the background - he looks like he's sitting on it. Finally, I don't know how you do it but something to do with the depth of field so the distracting grain in the wood was out of focus might have helped.
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Hi, Jeff;
I llike the action in these, and the color and contrast work well for them. Speaking as someone who has no knowledge of skateboarding, I think I would like to see more context in regard to where the boarders are in relation to the structure. Are they coming of a big jump? Stairs? Railing? You get the idea - try a little wider angle to give us an idea how high or how close.

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I actually like the dead space above #1. I think it gives the feeling of him being in the air, maybe getting a little lower to include the coping but maintaining the space above him could add to it.

#3, the way it's framed shows where he is going, but not where he is looking. If you get another chance I would like to see him framed on the left side for comparison. I see merits of both.
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