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Thank you, quitalig1. About the single B&W image, I can't say I've thought it through. I do like the effect but wouldn't ever apply to all my images. Just seems that usually there is an image in my final set of potential posters that I like but I feel is missing something, so I'll try it out in black and white to see what I think. I don't have much more of an explanation than that.
Thanks, Paul. It's nice that the seats are filled when they end up in the backgrounds of the images. I agree it also is cool when the crowd is visible enough to be able to see all the eyes on the athlete.
CW100: Thank you.
Hi Bob. Thank you for the kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed them and I appreciate the feedback.
Many thanks, Frank. Yeah, I like to mix it up a bit while at the same time trying to assure I get the basic stuff I need each time out. Unbelievably, only 3 more meets to the season! I'm glad to hear that PM is working out for you. I've been using it for many years, but my recollection is that once you get the settings/preferences to where you want them, it's a rock-solid addition to the workflow.
Bill: Haha. Yeah, during the 3-minute warm-ups prior to competition during that bars rotation, I definitely was underfoot since there are a bunch of people adjusting the bars, moving springboards in and out, spotting, etc., all at about 15-second intervals to give every competitor a chance to get up on the bars a couple of different times. Once the competition began, things settled down, and close as I was, I wish I could have been closer. Thanks for your comments. I'm glad you enjoyed the images.
Hey deej, thank you for the very kind words, my friend. I appreciate 'hearing' about what you see as special in the images. I assure you I have plenty of shots that would make the athletes cringe but I do my best to stay away from those. And I agree it's all about that combination of incredible skill, strength and beauty. When I look at that fourth image (or 4A) and think about how high she is, the position and (perfect) form of her body and how she's moving, and then notice that her hold on that bar is so light, just barely enough to keep her from flying out of the arena altogether--that brings it all together for me in the way you describe. This always will be my favorite sport to shoot.
Thanks, Dan. You're right about it being an amazing program with incredible support. Good stuff!