Stills V3

May 26, 2009


Filed under: Gordon McGregor — Rex @ 22:19



  1. Interesting color and light. Overall the color seems a bit strange (green), but I like it — sort of edgy. Great timing — the elements are placed just right with the orange cone, blue shirt and green stripe — even the background and patterns in the asphalt are working here. Nice.

    I’m struck also by the muscularity of this woman!

    Comment by Christina — May 29, 2009 @ 03:16

  2. I guess the little boy is offering a drink to the athletes and obeying his instructions on how to stand. It didn’t occur to me that the athlete was a woman!

    The little boy is almost cone like.

    Comment by Rex — May 29, 2009 @ 20:08

  3. “It didn’t occur to me that the athlete was a woman!”

    Well, maybe it isn’t — my first impression was that of a woman.

    Comment by Christina — May 29, 2009 @ 21:45

  4. yes, woman

    Comment by Gordon — May 30, 2009 @ 06:07

  5. This color balance is other-worldly, but it works.

    Comment by matt — May 31, 2009 @ 12:14

  6. Pretty much perfect to me. All those onobstructed verticals, with the odd deflection thrown in. Very well seen.

    Comment by akikana — June 1, 2009 @ 01:48

  7. This looks like a static constructed shot rather than an action shot. Combined with the colour effects this puts it into the surreal camp.

    Which isn’t to say that I don’t like it (although I do think that the colour has impinged on the skin tones a bit too much).

    So how long did you have the woman standing there posing…..?

    Comment by Colin — June 1, 2009 @ 07:45

  8. Thanks Colin, it took at least 30 retakes to get it just right and get all the lighting rigs set up and firing.

    No, not really.

    The fun of shooting this particular race, this particular time around, is that many people have commented on how set up and constructed the images look – people asking if I put up lights for other shots and so on.

    Maybe I’m getting the hang out of finding some organisation in the chaos of real life and real sports.

    Or I’m sucking the life out of it.

    Comment by Gordon — June 1, 2009 @ 14:27

  9. I like the set up and timing but the colouring isn’t quite working for me, feels like a green cast from a bad print. Also, the more I look, the more I seem distracted by the background – maybe it’s because I’ve got used to finding patterns in buildings & signage.

    Comment by doonster — June 1, 2009 @ 14:35

  10. the toning or colouration make less sense individually

    Comment by Gordon — June 1, 2009 @ 18:41

  11. the colour cast works really well if you are concentrating on that wall only, I could spend a day shooting that alone.

    The colour cast maybe a bit much, but just a touch.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — June 4, 2009 @ 02:32

  12. This works wonderfully for me. All the elements come together so effectively that it makes me want to know more about how you prepared for it. I can see how you set up the basics, but getting all the elements synced so well…?

    Comment by Anita Jesse — June 8, 2009 @ 19:23

  13. preparation – I liked the wall and the meters and the sign and the windows. All the background.
    That’s what drew me in. There was a time where I would have been content to shoot it without any people, but now I try to push a bit further.

    But it was all about the stage, finding the obvious composition then waiting for someone to run through. Most of the sports pictures that work well for me are done that way, finding the spot well before the action arrives and then hitting the shutter at just the right time.

    Comment by Gordon — June 10, 2009 @ 02:33

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