Mini-Challenge #145 - Youth Sports - RESULTS

jmphotocraftjmphotocraft GWC for hirePortland.ME.USARegistered Users Posts: 2,987 Major grins
edited July 12, 2012 in The Dgrin Challenges
Thanks everyone for participating. It was very hard to pick the winner. There were several shots that I thought could grace the pages of SI, as they were great documentary captures of intense sporting moments.

On to the Honorable Mentions, in no particular order. All of these belong on a wall:

A great "Sportrait". I love the atypical gritty post processing and how it works with the gritty appearance of the player and chain link fence background. Great light.

by BroPhoto:
Great capture, nice job filling the frame.

by fjcvisual:
Beautiful. Great face, great moment.

by mercphoto:
Straight out of Road & Track magazine. Love the dramatic camera tilt, and the driver tilting their head in to the turn. I love that it's a tight crop but the background is still interesting and providing context.

by Frog Lady:
Awesome capture, awesome save. It looks like this was the full extension of the jump. I'd be psyched to have this if I was the goalie or his dad.

by OldGuy:
I love the dust cloud and the catcher's face as he puts the tag on. Perfect exposure, color, and contrast. A tough shot to get.

Another by OldGuy:
Perfect pose. Love the foot in the American flag.

by kscooper:
Ball, conflict, face(s), the holy trinity of ball sports.

by MomaZunk:
A great capture of a decisive out. Another tough shot to get. Name and number visible on the back makes a picture work best when the face is hidden. I'd be proud to be Blachman or his dad! Great light, exposure and color.

And now the finalists. Many of the above could have won, but I had to make some subjective choices. I think for youth sports, it is important to capture that youth in a shot that is both a portrait and an action shot. So...

3rd place, by GregK55:
Just a perfect capture, and the flag makes it look like an Olympic moment. The bar shows us what event this was. Great form by the young woman.

2nd place, by ghinson:
Another wonderful capture. Great pose, great smile, great hair, great exposure and color. She looks like she is having fun. Beautiful girl.

1st place, by jmp2204:
Face, ball, action - the holy trinity plus the whites of his eyes. Perfect pose, perfect capture, perfect composition, perfect DOF. Make a poster and hang it on your wall. Well done. The next challenge is yours!
:clap :clap :clap

An "accurate" reproduction of a scene and a good photograph are often two different things.


  • jmp2204jmp2204 Major grins Registered Users Posts: 197 Major grins
    edited July 11, 2012
    wow !!! thank you !! many, many impressive shots here i was thinking , i would have been more than happy with an honorable mention !! poster yes plan to do one of him for ball and Hockey . Thanks again will submit a new challenge this eve...
  • MomaZunkMomaZunk pro lurker Registered Users Posts: 421 Major grins
    edited July 11, 2012
    Thanks Jim. I am glad I did not have to narrow down this bunch to just one.
    Congratulations jmp2204, ghinson, and GregK55.
  • WhatSheSawWhatSheSaw Major grins Registered Users Posts: 2,221 Major grins
    edited July 12, 2012
    Congrats, jmp2204! I loved all of your shots. Though not as visually stunning as some of the others, I really loved the sharing of second base.

    Well done, everyone! Lots of fun looking at all of them.
  • kscooperkscooper Major grins Registered Users Posts: 387 Major grins
    edited July 12, 2012
    What a great set of shots! I enjoyed them all.

    And jmp2204 - yours was simply terrific!

    Thanks, Jack, for running such a good show.


    good gear; not enough time
  • jmp2204jmp2204 Major grins Registered Users Posts: 197 Major grins
    edited July 12, 2012
    Thank You for the compliments . next challenge ->
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