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One of the things I love about FM is being able to watch someone start out and get better. Holy cow dude! I don't shoot skateboard but having just looked at your first thread (which had two sets) and now this one...dang...you went from me thinking "gotta love the effort" to now seeing this and saying "hey, that's actually a pretty cool shot!" (thinking #4)
Here's a generic critique (meaning by a guy who doesn't shoot skateboarding).
- biggest difference between #1/2 and #3/4 is the background - very cluttered and noisy in the first two and freaking beautiful in the second two (except for the street lights that were pointed out in #3).
#1 - Very busy background and could use a tighter crop. Just because you're shooting wide, doesn't mean you can't crop. It doesn't seem like much of a moment to capture, though the facial expression is somewhat compelling.
#2 - Again with the busy background - the lack of depth of field makes it look like the guy is sitting on top of the bush! One suggestion would be to get lower to the ground (if you're not already on it) so that the subject is against the back wall completely, giving a better sense of height. It also seems like you've strobed this one too much - the flash seems over done.
#3 - Great background. Now, I may be straying out of my comfort zone so correct me if I'm wrong, but on this trick I think you want to be facing the skater. As it is, his face is obscured by his body, his arm comes out and looks huge, and we can't really tell if he's on the "box" or not. Move to your right (assuming it's safe to) and you'll get a better face and a better sense of the trick. Strobe seems a bit too harsh.
#4 - Great background. Really nice shot. Nicely lit. Nice sky at dusk. Good peak action in the trick. My only suggestion would be to move to your left so you're shooting his midsection straight on. Either that or maybe your timing was just off? I have no idea, never having shot the sport!
#5 - Agree with Jefferson. Dump it.
All in all, you are killing it with regard to your progress. My guess is your fourth and fifth sets will be even better. Suggestion? If you're shooting skaters you trust, see about getting even closer to them. Or is that crazy? Again with me giving advice on something I know nothing about...just a thought...or you could get a skateboard in the face...so maybe not...