Geoff Shaw  

Chainsaw racer by Geoff Shaw

August 2020 - Chainsaw racer

About the Image(s)

We found a country fair beside the Glenora Road in Tasmania in pre-covid days a year ago. One of the highlights were the chainsaw races. Competitors had to cut two thin disks from hardwood logs, one cutting down and the next cutting up. The fastest wins. With only a few seconds per cut it was fast and furious, and the female competitors were pretty much as fast as the men. In this image I tried to capture some of the dynamism of the show, with flying woodchips and the cut disk falling. Canon 7D, 70-300L lens at 170mm, 1/1000 sec at f/5.g

7 comments posted

Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
(Groups 4 & 58 & 72)
Geoff, you nailed it. Pick of action. Sharp. Good that her head is framed by the side of the tent in the back, this way there is no distraction and you can appreciate the expression on her face. The background is well managed, and the B&W interpretation is well done. Perhaps the crop is a little tight creating some tension.   Posted: 08/02/2020 11:08:20

Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Really tells you story. Intense and love the chips flying. I would have added the feet and maybe not cropped so close on the right. She seems to be tight against the end of the photo. Also may have included the tip of the tent behind. Love the slice of wood falling, amazing timing. Love it!!   Posted: 08/03/2020 09:32:40
Geoff Shaw   Geoff Shaw
Hi Marianne

welcome to the group. Thanks for your comments. I have edited the image (see my response to Lou's comments) to make what I think is a better image. I couldn't add the feet or the top of the tent - not in the original image, but I did make more space on the right.   Posted: 08/03/2020 19:42:31

Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Hello Geoff, I think this is a great action story telling image. Wood chips flying and so on. I don't mind the missing feet, you cropped at what I think is an appropriate place on her legs. I think that the point merger of her backside is unfortunate but probably not much to be done about that now. I think the bright log behind her is somewhat distracting, perhaps that could be darkened a little. Overall, I think this is a great image.   Posted: 08/03/2020 17:18:57
Geoff Shaw   Geoff Shaw
Hi Lou

Thanks for the feedback. I have revisited the image. I cropped tightly on the right because there were lots of bright distracting items there, but with some cloning I have hidden these and made for a wider crop on the right. I also darkened and slightly blurred the log below her posterior. I think this makes a better image now.   Posted: 08/03/2020 19:40:24
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Lou McLove   Lou McLove
Very well done. I do like this better, I think you have eliminated the distracting elements.   Posted: 08/04/2020 17:42:51

Marianne Barnhardt   Marianne Barnhardt
Nice job. Looks great!   Posted: 08/04/2020 17:19:05


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