Dr Isaac Vaisman, PPSA  

Close Encounter by Dr Isaac Vaisman, PPSA

July 2024 - Close Encounter

About the Image(s)

Title: Close Encounter

“Close Encounter” was created at the Hard Rock Caf© Boxing Ring. Through an acquaintance I was able to obtain a Photo Pass to be at the ringside with the real boxing reporters. In fact, we all had to maneuver and push each other very politely, since the only open area to be close to the ring was very small and restricted.

Using a Nikon Z8 with the Nikkor prime zoom 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 120 mm and with these settings: ISO 8000 (Auto setting), f/ 3.2 and 1/1250 sec.
The image was PP in LightRoom using the included denoise feature in the program and cropped.

4 comments posted

Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Hi Isaac. You have submitted boxing photos before and I have really enjoyed what you have shown. This photo is no exception you have got in close where the intensity of action occurred, perspiration and blood droplets further accentuates the ferocity of the contest. I noticed you had the aperture open at F3.2, would it have been possible to close it down somewhat so that the closest boxer would not have been blurred, I realise ISO would go up and thus more noise but noise has become much easier to remove with modern software? If not then it makes little difference as the central figure, boxer with full beard is enough to tell the story of the action. Great photo of the few remaining sports that have changed little since medieval era.   Posted: 07/02/2024 22:01:52
Dr Isaac Vaisman   Dr Isaac Vaisman
Ronald, visit Group 4. There is another image from the same venue. The ISO was already @ 8000.   Posted: 07/03/2024 15:18:30
Ronald Davis   Ronald Davis
Checked out photo group 4, I prefer this one, more intense and that's what boxing was all about, not just in the ring but outside as well. My father, long time fight fan body would flinch and move with the action while he was sitting in a lounge room chair watching a Monday night TV show TV Ringside starting at 9.30PM, Melbourne. Appeal was in the primal instincts of men being expressed. Would love to know how female boxers feel.   Posted: 07/03/2024 20:57:57

Don James   Don James
Hi Isaac - this is a really cool photo. I like the focus on the one boxer with the other a little blurred out. It simplifies the image and focuses the attention on the one boxer. The blood drops and the sweat band around the boxer's head show the intensity of the situation. It's hard to read what the boxer in focus is thinking - seems almost like he is getting his tail beat a little and he is nervous, but I could be wrong :) Great photo!   Posted: 07/07/2024 18:27:06


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