Andrew Hersom, PPSA  

Rollerbladers three by Andrew Hersom, PPSA

September 2020 - Rollerbladers three

About the Image(s)

This is an "in-camera" creative effect, no skill involved - just
serendipity. This is from a series of pictures I took one evening at the
Olympic Village Beijing whilst I was temporarily working in China quite
a few years ago. There were a number of kids being coached at
rollerblading (this may be an Olympic sport in 2024, I believe). No
light - ISO800, 0.3s, f5.6 so they are all slightly blurred which
sometimes gave an interesting and pleasing effect. This one is different
to all the others as number 3 in the line is almost like a ghost.
Very little post processing, just tweaked the exposure. I wondered
whether to clone out the the lights in the background - what do you think?

7 comments posted

Angela Bonner   Angela Bonner
(Group 81)
I think keep the lights as they keep eye in image?   Posted: 09/03/2020 12:02:00

Mike Cowdrey   Mike Cowdrey
A really super image which will be very successful if you ever exhibit it. I can't give you any suggestions since it isn't possible to improve on perfection!   Posted: 09/04/2020 13:51:09

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
Sure like the movement here and I think the red lights are a plus !   Posted: 09/08/2020 13:59:16

Jen Fawkes   Jen Fawkes
this is a great capture with a bland background and base that is nicely blurred. I can see some bold primary colors making up the skaters. Personally I'm not sure about the totally blurred third skater and I feel I'm missing something by not seeing that person's bright colors. I agree that the red lights at the top help to tell as story about the rink and contains them in the picture.   Posted: 09/13/2020 06:07:09

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
Thanks for the positive comments.
I'm still not 100% sure about the background streaks but feel on balance better to keep them. In a way I think one needs the contrast between No 3 skater and Nos 1&2, otherwise its perhaps a little samey.   Posted: 09/13/2020 08:28:03

Jim Hagan   Jim Hagan
I really like the image and have no suggestions for improvement.   Posted: 09/13/2020 18:46:17

Ian Ledgard   Ian Ledgard
A good piece of creative 'in camera' work. I feel you need the streaks as they not only add context but also provide that extra sense of movement.   Posted: 09/14/2020 03:30:49


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