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Thread started 31 Dec 2010 (Friday) 09:59
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POLL: "Will this portfolio pass SportsShooter?"
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Sports Shooter Submissions: Pass or Fail?

 
Rekd
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Dec 31, 2010 09:59 |  #1

I've been thinking about trying to join SportsShooter for many months but haven't had the confidence. Here's some of my better stuff.

Think it will pass?

http://photos.amusings​cribe.com/sportsshoote​r (external link)

C&C appreciated.


What's in your (external link) sippy cup?
My stuff:
A low-light hi-def rapid shooter, a sniper, a couple old school 35s.

Some L, a nifty f/1.4, a kit IS, some slow EFs and two crappy Qs.

  
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Rekd
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Dec 31, 2010 14:15 |  #2

LoL. Tough crowd.

No feedback?


What's in your (external link) sippy cup?
My stuff:
A low-light hi-def rapid shooter, a sniper, a couple old school 35s.

Some L, a nifty f/1.4, a kit IS, some slow EFs and two crappy Qs.

  
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philwillmedia
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Dec 31, 2010 14:32 |  #3

Rekd wrote in post #11548309 (external link)
LoL. Tough crowd.

No feedback?

Patience grasshopper.
You only posted 4 houurs ago.
It's New Years Eve/Day depending on wherever it is in the world you are.
People don't just sit on the forum waiting for you to post and immediately reply.


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Dec 31, 2010 14:44 |  #4

I don't know, Matt. I haven't submitted anything to sportsshooter, but do shoot sports. While most of what you got is pretty good, some of it very creative, (like the silouhette of the bike/rider) two things stand out for me: 1. They're not razor sharp like motorsports should be; 2) I don't see any 'stories' with any of the shots ... at all.

Sports shooting is about capturing 'the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat,' and all the blood, sweat and tears that come along with the spirit of competition. I'm not feeling that with the shots in your portfolio.

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philwillmedia
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Dec 31, 2010 14:50 as a reply to  @ philwillmedia's post |  #5

Not an epic fail, but certainly not a pass.
Too many of them are "nothing" shots and very similar - four of them are quad bikes pulling monos. Not much exciting, special or outstanding about that.
I'd keep numbers 3 (although you've cut off his feet), 5 (could do with a bit more space at the top), 9 and 15 - chuck the rest.
Do like the idea of #10, though not quite executed well enough.
They've got rubbish backgrounds, distracting elements in the shot, shutter speed too high in some, can't see faces, portions clipped off and generally boring looking shots that don't stand out from the crowd.

Well, you did ask.

Edit...yep, have to agree with Snyderman. Very little feeling to them.


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Dec 31, 2010 17:44 |  #6

Dave and Phil,

Thank you. That certainly helps.

I will go back and rethink the cropping, take out some of the bad/redundant shots and put some better stuff in there. I can also fix some of the background trash in some of them.

I have some other shots that include faces and "feeling" that may work better with a little more work.

Thanks again for the helpful advice!

Oh, and I haven't done the captions on them because I'm not sure which ones would be worth it. I do a lot of writing for many print and on-line media so this portion of it won't be an issue. Probably should do some basic info on these, though. :)


What's in your (external link) sippy cup?
My stuff:
A low-light hi-def rapid shooter, a sniper, a couple old school 35s.

Some L, a nifty f/1.4, a kit IS, some slow EFs and two crappy Qs.

  
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Jan 01, 2011 14:32 |  #7

Rekd wrote in post #11549236 (external link)
I can also fix some of the background trash in some of them.

If you are SS worthy you should be getting great shots with your camera, no photoshop needed.


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Jan 01, 2011 14:38 as a reply to  @ pappawheely's post |  #8

IMO - I've seen a lot worse posted to SS members galleries. It's time to look for a sponsor...




  
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Jan 16, 2011 01:52 |  #9

I'm with Phil on this one, not an epic fail but I wouldn't pass you.

The Quad bike shots look too much like they were shot in a backyard. You have to find angles to get the best out of what your shooting.

Number 3 I like, but it would have been better with the legs not cut off.

I like 15 and 16, but I would bin the rest.

Just as an overall thing, think about your angles, to many of the shots look like they were just stand up and shoot, get down low, up high, different angles.

Sorry if this sounds harsh, but you did ask.


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Jan 23, 2011 04:08 |  #10

pappawheely wrote in post #11553453 (external link)
...no photoshop needed.

Or allowed! This is photojournalism and "fixing up" a background is a major ethics issue.


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