It was the penultimate day of the GPP 2009 training event today and I had two one and a half hour sessions: one on 'unlocking the power of aperture' and the other on 'making the web work for you'. The second was a blast, and it was great to team up with Chase Jarvis and David Hobby and talk about blogging, photography, social networking, and a whole load of other web related topics.
The Aperture session was ok too, but got off to a bad start. The basic idea of the session was to provide a work-through of how to use Aperture to manage and edit images, but about three minutes into the session 15 people stood up and said they were in the wrong session. I assumed they meant they should have been in a different session in a different room, but the problem was that they thought the title of the session referred to aperture, not Aperture; i.e. the hole in the lens rather than the programme. Anyway, not a great start, but it did improve after that.
As for this one: it was shot on Wednesday afternoon during my landscape photography class and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. In terms of the post-processing: as it was deliberately underexposed it only needed a slight tweak in terms of contrast, but I did use a Curve to tone it as the natural light was quite flat and grey.
As always, let me know what you think.
I love the dramatic and bright sun, and the way you captured the boy kicking the ball. The color of the sky is also stunning. In my opinion this is one of the best photos you have published in quite a while.
This is truly spectacular result!
I love the unique color which also makes a special kind of atmosphere in the photo.
Great work on that silhouette, from the angle you took the photo it almost looks like the earth is flat.
Shot just at the right time, can't stop enjoying it.
Wanted to ask you and forgot in my first comment - Isn't that risky to shot straight into the sun?
The light is simply stunning. Love the way she strikes the goal.
So magical instant.
This is great. Destined to be one of the all time fave DN images, I would say.
The silhouette on this one looks pretty good. Nice not to see a 200 floor building sticking up in the background which makes a change in Dubai I guess.
I like the toning too and well done on catching the ball mid-kick.
this is really nice. great composition. I like the color...very elegant.
i love the color...and the composition is awesome. i would love to take one of your classes.
Great idea and implementation.
one of your best, David!
Really great shot, David. Love the color, soft sun lighting, and the action of the boy kicking the ball. Very nice.
Wow, I love this. Could you link the orginal image file?
very nice picture!
that's a stunnig capture!! amazing tones
Superb processing, wel balanced exposure and framing. Well done!
Quite brave toning, but nevertheless typical for your style. Well done on the gradient, it makes the photo look very clean. I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering what is the bright light at the bottom of the horizon (right corner). Is it the reflection of the sun?
Ahh, the essence of done simply. I'll have to work on the "toning by curve" technique. I do use a curve to the proverbial blue cast out but have yet to use the technique to apply an overt color tone as you've done here.
I agree with others before me that this one will go into my Nightingale Hall of Fame.
Beautiful shot David! :)
love it. very natural pose- relaxed hands/arms are subtle but contribute greatly to this portrait- I know after having watched my son play soccer game after game after game as he grew up...... :)
Maravillosa foto. El color impostado, el contraste, la luz, el movimiento detenido...
Hi Dave, just love it... And it is such an unusual colour for this kind of 'male' action. Just superb in every single angle! Well done!
This is brilliant! What an elegant image.
one of my favourites ever!!!!! stunning
je trouve cette photo sublime, un jeu d'ombre réhaussé de ce filtre mauve, j'aime!
I thought the same thing when I first read the title of the session. I guess the program hasn't yet built it's reputation so far that you primarily associate the word with the program rather the the actual aperture. Can you post the original photograph?
This is typical David i think. I'm waiting for such pictures and here it is. Fine ... Thank you and good way hone!
Hey Dave, what a funny story, that happend also in one of Zack session as it turns ppl started to leave after miss reading 101 showcase !!
anyway.. what a superb image, simple yet amazing .. last week was awful in terms of photogrpahy but we loved it over here in emirates so hope you enjoyed it.
Crikey Dave...awesome lighting and comp; another sterling shot this one!
Awesome silhouette and color
Brilliant! Love this capture, the hint of light on the cross bar is great with the strong silhouette of the rest.
Pin sharp and not a sign of any HDR-ing! :o)
Fine shot, Dave. That light is superb!
'sup, djn1! i'm finally back in front of a computer, so i can truly appreciate this photograph now. it looked good last week in dubai, but the projector just didn't do it justice. i agree with whoever said this is one of your best.
good times at gpp. at a minimum, i hope to see you there again next year!
Excellent shot! Love the color!
Thanks everyone :)
Ilan: risky in what way?
Justin: if you point your camera out towards the Gulf it's a pretty peaceful scene :)
Philip: I haven't had time to put the original up but may well link to it when I get back.
The Obvious: it's a reflection of the sun on the sea.
Dan: using a Curve is a great way to tone an image.
will: hope to see you again too.
Wow, its just amazing.
Everything about this shot is great. Amazing gradient to the tone. A really perfect composition and the silhouette is dynamic.
excellent shot, I love silhouettes and the color of the sky is really nice.
Beautiful colours and really sharp definition.
nice sillhouette picture!
Don't need to say much more than: great silhouette.
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