Tom Brassil  

Rheed McCracken by Tom Brassil

August 2020 - Rheed McCracken

August 2020 - Tom Brassil


About the Image(s)

I have been for several years a volunteer with our Wheelchair sports organization. Mainly driving, setting up venues, marshalling and working on the score bench, and all other duties, including water boy, as necessary, I don’t often take the camera as I have no way of ensuring its safety while carrying out my role. As I have always enjoyed sport I enjoy working with these athletes, and I enjoy their company. We cover track, tennis, basketball rugby etc etc. If you are interested my Instagram account has quite a few images from the various event.

This image, My love of sports photography is often not the bash and crash often seen in action sports shots, more the intent and high level of concentration which I believe is portrayed in the eyes of the athlete. I am hoping I have portrayed this on Rheed’s look, as an aside Rheed has represented Australia many time in Olympics and other international events. Also to give power to the athletes it is better to look upward not down from a high point, with these athletes I am often seen laying in wet grass mud etc. to get the shot. I have also attached an early version of the image, this has another athlete my quandary was to leave him in or crop him out, leaving him in I believe give the sense of competition but being near out of shot I believe it's more distraction than adding anything to the shot. I am interested in what others think on this. I have also rotated this image to place Rheed more on the right side which I hope strengthens the image
Thank you for viewing

9 comments posted

Arun Bagga   Arun Bagga
Tom, I like both the versions. As you say the original gives the sense of competition while the cropped version arrests the viewer's attention on Rheed's strength and determination towards his goal to winning the race. Shooting from a low angle you have indeed emphasized Rheed's will power. The blurred background adds to the visual impact.   Posted: 08/02/2020 16:35:49
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you Arun   Posted: 08/03/2020 04:51:07

Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
Tom - This a beautiful image - tells a good story - showing the power of this athlete, it's sharp and has great colors. I particularly like the angle of the shot to capture Rheed's full face. I tend to like to crop tightly, so would have cropped out past the vertical post to alleviate a bit of dead space on the upper left which still would have allowed you to use the track to tell a story and to lead the viewer's eye.   Posted: 08/04/2020 01:27:43
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thanks Darcy, knowing where to crop has always been a weak spot with me, I agree that the crop you suggested would make it a more powerful image.   Posted: 08/04/2020 05:08:05
Darcy Johnson   Darcy Johnson
In my mind, it all depends on the purpose of the photograph. For example, I could see this image on the cover of a publication supporting your volunteer efforts. If that were so, it would be beneficial to have that extra space available to allow for printing. BTW - congratulations on your dedicated support to such a worthy endeavor.   Posted: 08/04/2020 08:02:22

Gregory Waldron   Gregory Waldron
Tom, You make a very strong image. I agree with Arun and Darcy's comments. Your low angle really works well and it is something I should try more often. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image.
Best regards,
Greg   Posted: 08/05/2020 19:14:42
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you Greg   Posted: 08/06/2020 01:48:51

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
Beautiful Image! It seems to me faultless! Especially I like the composition.   Posted: 08/06/2020 13:21:02
Tom Brassil   Tom Brassil
Thank you very much Xiao   Posted: 08/09/2020 04:11:49


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