Bill Foy  

Wakeboarder by Bill Foy

May 2020 - Wakeboarder

May 2020 - Bill Foy


About the Image(s)

The image was made at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, FL a few years ago, just about a week after the image I submitted last month. I did processing in LR and PS- tweaking exposure, removing pylons from the background, cropping. Looking for suggestions about what else I might have done to improve the image. Nikon D500, Nikkor 70-200mm lens @ 180mm, f/4.5, 1/1000, ISO-800, handheld, no flash.

16 comments posted

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Another beauty Bill. No more comments about the board being upside down this month. Great expression on the boarders face and great composition. My eyes are drawn to the 2 white buoys in the background. I would have erased or cloned them out as they serve no purpose.   Posted: 05/03/2020 15:31:16

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Bob. You're right about the buoys. I was so focused on getting the traffic cones out of the background that I completely missed the buoys.   Posted: 05/06/2020 14:19:39
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Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Hang ten, dude! You caught a great face on what looks to be a younger guy trying a difficult jump. Great job of stop action. I edited your image in PS CC using the subject selection rather than the background selection which isn't as good, IMO. I wanted to separate the boarder from the background. I selected the subject, which did a pretty good job, but missed a triangle between the legs, so I added that area then inverted the selection. I added a brightness/contrast layer and darkened the background. Then I added a warming filter layer (it is Florida, after all) then called it done. See how you think I did answering your questions.   Posted: 05/06/2020 18:21:27
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Bob. For me, your background is way too dark for FL. I'm going to try the subject selection you used just to become familiar with it.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:37:46
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
The point of my critique was that I think the subject could be isolated (pulled to the foreground in this case.) You can use a darkened or blurred background to pull the subject forward (or alternatively) push the background back. I chose darkening so that the buoys lost their brightness and don't need to be removed, although removal does simplify a busy background. Blurring the background could also simplify.
As far as the study group, I just wanted to mention the newest changes included in CC for selecting either the subject (easier in my opinion)or background.
I have lived in Florida long enough to know it does get dark there too, because that is when the mosquitoes do their damage.
Really good sports image.   Posted: 05/16/2020 14:24:14

Dorinda Wills   Dorinda Wills
(Group 30)
Bill, Great stop action shot. Love the expression on the kids' face. Because he seems to be continuing to move a little to the left, I would reduce your left hand crop by about 1/3 to give him space to "move". Looks like fun!
  Posted: 05/06/2020 18:27:22
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Dorinda.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:38:49

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
Great capture, love the expression and the splash. Perhaps I would have left more space on the left. Already mentioned are the two white buoys. Fun & captivating action shot!   Posted: 05/07/2020 15:05:04
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Stephan.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:39:20

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
I like both your images upside down or right side up. Changing anything depends on what you want to do with it. It could be a great PJ image, especially for a sports category. That means you can't clone or change anything except for cropping and normal processing. PJ images are not judged as much for technical quality as for the story they tell.I think you caught the action well. I have had an upside down biker accepted so it all depends.   Posted: 05/09/2020 11:57:39
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Judy.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:40:07

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)
Bii- great shot, by removing the two white buoys, will bring your attention to the face of the Wakeboarder.   Posted: 05/10/2020 12:37:11
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Stu. I removed the buoys in the response to Bob Legg's mention of them.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:41:22

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Great action shot. I love the look on the lad's face. I feel like the water is too bright. I did a little burn on it in Photoshop.   Posted: 05/11/2020 19:01:32
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Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Karen.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:42:19

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
A very nice picture.The action is sharp.I like your picture.I think if you take shot surfing,you will have a lot nice pictures.May I change a little.   Posted: 05/19/2020 22:26:02
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