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Nikon D2X

Capture Date/Time:June 24, 2007 11:58
Aperture/Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec, f4.5
Focal Length: 28 mm
ISO: 320
Flash: none

I must admit that I have been wanting to take a shot like this for a long time. I wasn't sure what I was looking for, but the opportunity presented itself this morning out of nowhere. We were at the local pool (it was an overcast day so it wasn't crowded), and I saw these kids taking some huge jumps off of the high springboard. After catching a few in midair for MRB-classic jumpshots, I thought that it might be the right time to try this. I didn't have a tripod, so I just held steady, set my focus and exposure, and just snapped away. I have a few others that might have come out better but I don't have time to post-process. I'm very pleased with the result, though. It was certainly fun to get something decent on the first try!


06.25.07, 05:04 AM, Mareluna:

Uao ! Beautiful sequence !!! With the terrific hot that there is in Italy in these days... I would like to enjoy a similar jump !!!
See U !

06.25.07, 07:21 AM, Bob:

Amazing Mike! Did you shoot in burst mode then composite the images together?

06.25.07, 08:04 AM, MikesRightBrain:

Bob- Yes it is a multi-layer composite of eight images. It would have come out much better had I used a tripod, but it still is a fun image.

06.25.07, 08:55 AM, Pieter:

very cool indeed. Great work, a very enjoyable image to study:)

06.25.07, 10:14 AM, Roger:

Great shot Mike. Did you have to lift each one from the original? or is there some blend mode that allows this?

06.25.07, 11:22 AM, McAWilliams:

this worked really well cant believe its all handheld. Very steady hands you got there.

06.25.07, 11:41 AM, MikesRightBrain:

Roger: Thanks for the comment! The image was composited using the "auto align" feature of photoshop CS3. Then you just use a layer mask to uncover the figure from the layer below. Gets rid of the "cutout" effect of the method you mentioned. It's hard to tell here, but if you see the full-resolution shot you'll see it's a very clean picture. There are many things I would do had I had more time, like remove the figure to the left and that damn pole on the right side!

06.26.07, 05:32 AM, Abhijit:

Fantastic shot! You inspired me:-)

06.27.07, 07:20 AM, Ashish Sidapara:

Wow, just perfect!

06.27.07, 09:31 PM, cool daddio:


08.06.07, 03:51 PM, Jennifer:

great capture! (and a steady hand I might add)

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