David Price, EPSA  

Riding through the dust by David Price, EPSA

September 2023 - Riding through the dust

September 2023 - David Price, EPSA


About the Image(s)

Taken at the annual sidecar rally. I cloned out the people on the right, changed the vibrance and saturation and cropped the image.

Taken at 1/1500 sec at f/6.7 ISO 400 at 70mm.

8 comments posted

Mark Burgess   Mark Burgess
Hi David. I like the image and what you have done with it. Endorse not cloning out the riders behind because its a race and they tell a good story of a close race, but I thought they are quite sharp and feel that it could be worth while applying some blur especially over the parts that are high contrast such as the white lines. And I did notice a cloning artefact on the lefthand side near the front rider's helmet where the kicked up dirt seems to form a line that is not in the original. These are quite minor things.   Posted: 09/01/2023 19:01:03
David Price   David Price
Thanks for your comments Mark. I have now removed the artefact and blurred the riders in the background. They are turning a corner and the white lines are a fence which I have now cloned out. When I do a lot of work on an image I often miss obvious things and that is why a second opinion is always valuable.   Posted: 09/02/2023 06:27:27

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
David, another wonderful image. The action and excitement are almost tangible. I agree with Mark about leaving the racers that are behind the lead racers... and slightly blurring the white portions of their outfits. The riders on the right of your photograph that are behind the leads, have been significantly diminished; however, there are still some brighter areas that might be good to completely eliminate, especially around the helmet of the leader on the right side.

A wonderful job leaving in the dirt. That really gives your image the context that makes it "hang-on-the-wall" worthy!   Posted: 09/04/2023 09:35:57

Richard Siersma   Richard Siersma
David, you have captured a great action moment. Under the circumstances, I think you did a great job of reducing the effect of the competitors behind the sidecar passenger. I agree with cloning out the white fence posts but I am not bothered by the sharpness of the challengers behind the leading cyclists; in fact, I feel it adds to the threat of losing their current position in the race. For me, the most objectionable item is just a few of the larger chunks of flying dirt that could be cloned out without any loss of excitement in the image.   Posted: 09/04/2023 11:08:52

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
David, I think you did all the right things with this photo to show the action, closeness of the next bike and sidecar. The fence adds a perspective to the horizon also. I agree that the incomplete cloning removal of the riders on the right leaves a white smudge and hint of orange at the right shoulder of the rider on the right (in the sidecar). Great action shot. How'd you keep your camera clean? Jim   Posted: 09/04/2023 15:43:22

Sophia Schade   Sophia Schade
David, WOW! I truly don't have anything to add but great job in telling the story through this photo.   Posted: 09/05/2023 03:11:30

Barbara E Miller   Barbara E Miller
The dust particles are the story-telling feature of this image.The changes made per Mark's suggestions were probably good but the image as you showed it is an excellent piece of work. Well done David!   Posted: 09/05/2023 15:15:09

Lori Azevedo   Lori Azevedo
(Group 55)
Wonderful action shot. Great job.   Posted: 09/10/2023 18:34:51


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