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Hanging by a Second...

Hanging by a Second...
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Copyright: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 928 W: 224 N: 1906] (7569)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-02
Categories: Humorous, Event, Decisive Moment, Experimental, Action
Camera: Canon EOS 5D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-12 1:20
Viewed: 1460
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Friends:
That moment when the ball in hanging right above the ring,
catching the expressions of both sides of team:
one wishing and that something go wrong ..while others wishing & hoping for that winning point...

We all have been there in life at some point or the other..

and my teacher in Canada always use to say "...hoping for nothing...' and then you will never be disappointed.But work for the best.

Notice my speed of 1/320 to stop the ball there just above the ring...
and yes I climbed (ran) up to third story school balcony to get this view...
This was the last point & the last chance for me to catch this moment...it wont happen again in this court and in this game...
Thanks for watching!

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Well done David - you were there at just the right time... BUT - who won???
Very good action shot and you have managed to capture all the players nice and sharply too. There are no blurred (from movement) players, yet quite a few are moving - well done
I love seeing the expressions on the faces of those watching too.

I like this - you've photographed a rapt crowd and players with all of their concentration on the ball. Good frozen action shot.
Also the wide composition works well, and you've managed to include all of the players' feet as well as the top of the backboard over the net. A lot of people would have mistakenly cut something out!


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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-08-12 7:32]

Hi David,

Very good timing to capture the crowd's reaction as the ball approaches the hoop. Good choice of shutter to stop the action and this is framed perfectly to include all necessary elements for a successful composition.


This is such fun, David.
You've frozen the ball in time but also the emotions and expressions of the crowd.
Who's hoping it will miss!
Who's hoping it will score!
I had fun trying to decide!

A skilful shot to capture this action so clearly.
Well composed with participants, audience and setting.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hi David,
Very nice action shot well taken at the good moment,
Excellent point of view and details of this lovely composition,
a real journalistic presentation...

Bom dia David,
I'm not here to known who won, because I know already by your response to BEV. I want to speak of my admiration for your photo, precise, sharp and with the dynamic rythm of the sport.
Good work,

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