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Old Jan 31, 2016, 2:59 PM   #1
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Hi Guy's here's a few shots from a whitewater Kayaking competition I was at this weekend. Let me know if you spot any areas that I need to improve in.

Full album of shots is available on the link below:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ward12...57663970225602

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Old Feb 1, 2016, 11:30 AM   #2
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First off, great shots, I can only imagine how difficult it is to capture a subject that is moving around erratically. The third picture is by far my favourite, the second being a close competitor.

My suggestion only would be to frame these a touch wider (or crop a touch less).
I'd like to see where the competitor is headed; I'd like a bit of context.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old Feb 1, 2016, 2:46 PM   #3
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#3 for sure. Gotta have that face, unobscured, in the shot or it won't work.
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Wardy I have over 400 shots like these from a white water race. I endeavored to shoot the face of each contestant as best as I could. The strain, concentration and strength was in each portrait. Please check them out and compare to what you have posted here. www.flickr.com/photos/paul-mitchell
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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the advice, I totally understand with regards to making sure the face is in shot. Was a little bit of a lottery at that wave, most of the shots seemed to either get that water suspended in the air look or not.

I was shooting in RAW which slowed the continuous shooting a little bit, would you guys advice to shoot in RAW or JPEG when doing these types of shots?

This was my first time photographing an event like this and I am always learning so hopefully next time I'm up there I should get better results.
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Unless you dont care about your image always shoot RAW. The difference in file size is just an indication of how much information and quality you let your camera throw away every time you shoot jpeg. You can do anything with a RAW image, even make a hi or lo res jpeg. But you cant ever make a RAW image from anything else.
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Agree with the comments about seeing the face of the kayaker. Hence #3 for me as well.

The images look a tad blurry to me. I'd try a faster shutter speed (with a higher ISO) or use a flash to freeze the motion.

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