Ed Ries  

Bike Jump by Ed Ries

September 2023 - Bike Jump

About the Image(s)

I am back from my travels, and about to leave for the Toronto film festival. My attached photo is a departure from my regular subject matter. It was taken in North Carolina at a Ski resort where there were also bikers who used the slopes in offseason.

Technical:f6.3, 1/500/ ISO 400. Procesed with Nek SEP CEP in precontrast. significantly cropping to eliminate distractions, significant cloning out of objects within the right part of the image. Color relationships modified in Topaz AI. B&W Conversion done if photoshop filters B&W using color sliders to control color contrast. subjected selected and enhanced through Nik Sep Cep. dodged and burned for effect. Noise reduction via Topaz Noise AI; sharpened with a bypass filter.

10 comments posted

Susan Quinn
I like the the concept of this image. I might subbest since the tones are all very similar that you darken the background to bring out the bike and rider. Susan   Posted: 09/05/2023 14:22:48

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Ed, very well caught action.
The rider is well placed in the frame with lots of space to progress into.
I agree with Susan that it would help greatly if the rider could be made to stand out more.
However, I cannot suggest how that could be done!   Posted: 09/06/2023 03:07:15

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
Hi Ed: Wow.. great capture of the airborne biker! The trail seems to serve as a nice leading line. To my eye the biker looks a bit soft but it does give the impression of movement. Overall, the image appears flat and might benefit from a levels or curves adjustment.   Posted: 09/07/2023 06:28:44

Nick Delany   Nick Delany
Ed, this is a great capture but suffers from the same tonal value throughout. According to your design, I recommend you consider leaving the rider as is but darken the area by - 2stops but leaving the road unchanged as a leading line. I also think you could consider flipping it horizontally . Please see my very rough suggestions below.   Posted: 09/08/2023 19:58:44
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John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Nick, unfortunately if you flip a bicycle image you put the chain on the wrong side of the bike which could then only be ridden backwards!   Posted: 09/09/2023 12:32:38
Nick Delany   Nick Delany
John....seriously, it is hardly visible and for this you need to dismiss my comment? You and Peter are really piling on to me.   Posted: 09/09/2023 14:17:10
John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Agreed. But worth considering in the future.
Keep up the good work!   Posted: 09/10/2023 02:43:58

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Ed - a fine action image well caught. Overall a little monotonal as has been suggested. Nick's version ia a great improvement although I would not flip it. The rider moving into the image from the left is the way we read images in the West.   Posted: 09/09/2023 04:28:22
Nick Delany   Nick Delany
I am entertained by your need to critique my review rather than make constructive suggestions about Ed's image. You comment proposes that if you live in the "West", the "point of impact" (cyclist) must appear first on the left of the image. (Left to Right Compositional Rule) I respectfully disagree with you despite your distinguished photographic achievements, My flip is recommended to allow the bright pathway which is a significant leading line, to provide a line for the eye to enter the image and arrive at the point of impact travelling up the Baroque Diagonal. It is taught that the "leading lines" are generally read by the viewer left to right and that does not always require the subject matter to be located on the left or be travelling left to right unless it is providing the leading line.   Posted: 09/09/2023 14:14:25

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Ed
I would think this rider would be moving at quite a speed so Kudos for capturing him in mid air and freezing the action,if you look at his arms tensed you can seen how much effort he is putting into this descent,I agree with the others just a bit more contrast or Ella's suggestion maybe a curves adjustment but a really difficult shot really well captured.
  Posted: 09/11/2023 14:48:53


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