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Olympic Trials3
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Copyright: Roger Minkow (rminkow) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3397 W: 189 N: 7476] (34772)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-30
Categories: Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon 5DIII, 135mm/f2
Exposure: f/2, 1/300 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Golden moments [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-07-04 6:47
Viewed: 1223
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This was shot during the practice for the Olympic Gymnastic Trials in San Jose California last week.

For these shots I used the 5DIII and mostly a 135mm fixed lens. There were a lot of photographers shooting with bigger lenses who got great close ups but for me I liked having something in the background to give perspective to the movement.

In this shot I changed the composition by adding some space in the bottom and taking out some distractions in the top part of the shot.

I am learning about light in preparation for film work but this is a digital shot. I have learned that even in Digital Cameras that are very good some of the images donít come out very well. I understand now that by putting the cameraís meter on Spot the main focus of the shot will be 18% grey. If the meter is put on a larger area then the entire area will be averaged to 18% and this may be a better solution.

Using a spot meter and the Zone system it is possible to get exact exposure without any averaging. In this shot I didnít use the spot meter because there wasnít enough time but if there was time to set it up I would use the spot and focus on the lightest part of the gymnastís body. By setting the spot on this part I would get a Fstop and Aperture that would make this area 18% grey or Zone V. The image would be much too underexposed if we used this setting so we would change the Zone to VII and open up two stops to get a reasonably good exposure.

In the Zone method the object is to choose an important area and set it at the right Zone. A dark area with detail is Zone II or III and a light area with some detail is Zone VII or VIII. There are some good books for those interested. The concepts are not difficult and give us a better way of exposing all shots.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2012-07-04 8:17]

Hi Roger,great photo,great notes, which I find are really helpful & you certainly froze the action here,in details & clarity.TFS

Wow! Awesome timing and capture of this Olympian. Love the composition with plenty of room for the gymnast to move to and great framing. Very well done, tfs.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-07-04 11:35]

Bravo, excellent shot, a lot of dynamic, well composed with the flag in BG

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  • angel Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 85 W: 0 N: 13] (402)
  • [2012-07-04 12:15]

perfect shot!!!!
and perfect timing:)


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-07-04 14:52]

Hi Roger.

I love this shot, its the extra space added that make s this special, the amount of darkened backdrop enhances the gymnast. Can you add the original before the pp as would like to see what was above the guy as you have left a few telltale lines, great shot. tfs

stv ;o))

Thanks for the photo. Thanks for the note. Looking your photo I see the beauty of Gynastic and a great moment to delicious my eyes and mind.
Obrigada, Roger
um abraÁo

Hi Roger, bonjour,
Beautiful action shot well taken at the good moment,
Excellent focus and great details,
great work , shot and note too,

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2012-07-04 16:49]

Hi Roger,
great capture, nicely composed with the Stars & Stripes in the BG especially on 4th July

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2012-07-04 16:59]

Fantastic shot Roger, very fitting for a July 4th posting. The action is well captured, and it's great to have the athlete to the left with the oof flag providing balance and a perspective of sorts.


A well caught moment with superb details and natural skin tones, Roger!

The performer is well frozen with superb sharpness and focus.
Light and exposure are amazing and contrast against a darker BG is well kept.
The flag of U.S. does add mood into the overall scene.

Thanks for sharing another wonderful work from Olympic Sports trials.

Best regards,

Hi Roger, its getting late so my brain just didnt do a good job of keeping up with your notes. I think I'll go over it again tomorrow.Must have been a lot of chalk dust in the air above his legs where you cloned out the bg.I love the expression you caught on his face.Fiona

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-07-05 4:28]

Hi Roger

A superb decisive moment shot of the athlete. Good sharpness & graphism despite the fast movement. Again I like the US flag at right adding context & here the Olympian is better separated from the flag. I might have blurred that sharply defined line above his finger at left. Tfs!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-07-05 7:23]

Hello Roger :)

The perfect athlete in the unusual pose splendid portrait.
The beautiful, very showy composition in natural colours
and perfect light, I like him very much.

With best wishes.

Hi Roger, wonderful notes and photo. American Flag just adds to this great photo.

Bom dia Roger,
I believe that already have highlighted in another previous comment the wise use you make of empty spaces.
This photo that is among the best that you've already done is one example.
To place the main subject of the photo on one of the corners of the photo is a boldness. But as soon as we have concluded that it could not be otherwise for giving space to what is not in the picture, but in our emotion, a celebration of the effort to overcome limits.
Great and beautiful image.

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