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Podcast: Episode 18 – Parts

Podcast: Episode 18 – “Parts”

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News – Our best and worst shoots this past month
Matt shot some MLS, but also took his own advice about taking the access where you can get it, and went to a very small rodeo in Fortuna, CA. Ryu continued his hatred of shooting golf, but also got to shoot the US Men’s Olympic basketball team.

Master Class
Ryu and Matt talk about the importance of adding variety to your shoots by looking for details.

Training Ground
In Training Ground we critique pictures from listeners who bravely ask for it in our Flickr group.

You Win
Our July 2012 themed competition was “Parts Part 2

The winner is Bashar Alshabi from Michigan with this swimming picture:

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Second place is vacant.

Third place is a tie between Ben C.K. and Sportpic.

The August 2012 themed competition is “Not in the Centre”. Goto our BLFS flickr group page for competition rules and to enter.

Training Ground
Post your images to our flickr group for constructive or destructive critique here.

Special thanks to…
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Audio Production/Editing: David Whittaker

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7 responses

  1. Doesn’t look like the new podcast is showing up in iTunes.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:22 am

  2. Ben, we’re having a bit of a problem getting the podcast backup on iTunes. We’ll let you know when it’s done. Sorry about the inconvenience.

    August 9, 2012 at 5:31 am

  3. No problem, I was able to listen to the mp3 fine enough.

    I enjoyed your discussion about my You Win photo. I’m glad Matt understood what I was going for. I know you don’t care at all about my thought process on choosing that photo to submit, but I’ll explain it anyway. I agree it wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t credentialed at the game to shoot slow shutter speed base running. It was just a personal fulfillment type shot. So I wasn’t spending any more time than about 2 or 3 base runner attempts trying to get a shot of it I liked since I had other responsibilities at the game. I tried faster shutter speeds but they were a lot more boring because they looked more like I was missing focus on the feet rather than deliberately blurring them. Also, that base runner was one of only about 2 players on the team that happened to wearing the striped high socks, which I thought added interest to the blurring than just the plain black socks or the full pant legs of all the other players. If you know baseball you would recognize the high socks and you would know there is nothing else on the field that would ever be touching the bases other than legs and feet. I’ll probably try to attempt a better version in the future, but the amount of time I can spend attempting it is limited.

    Here is an attempt at the same idea I did a couple weeks before the one I submitted was shot that used a faster shutter speed:

    Milwaukee Brewers Rickie Weeks, June 17, 2012

    I’m curious to know if you like that one any better.

    August 9, 2012 at 6:33 am

  4. Matt

    the pod is now available in itunes.

    ” I agree it wasn’t perfect, but I wasn’t credentialed at the game to shoot slow shutter speed base running. It was just a personal fulfillment type shot. So I wasn’t spending any more time than about 2 or 3 base runner attempts trying to get a shot of it I liked since I had other responsibilities at the game.”

    in for a penny in for a pound. baseball games are long as shit, and you have time for everything. i’ve spent 2 innings trying to get a perfect panning shot of the pitcher. once you get some conventional pictures of both pitchers, a couple hitters here and there and maybe a guy throwing, you can experiment a lot.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

  5. For the recond I’m not saying my photo should have won, I was just trying to explain it for Ryu since he seemed very confused by what was going on in it.

    August 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

  6. Ben,

    It’s an improvement, but I still am not a fan of it. I don’t know if it’s the angle or the way the feet are placed, but I honestly think you can find a better way of doing this. All we can do is keep on trying. :)

    Ryu

    August 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm

  7. Hi , I just listen to the podcasts, I think you guys doing a great job.

    about my picture ,I agree that it’s not a great highjump photo ( i wouldn’t publish this photo anywhere), but the misson was parts , and for that i think (as Rue said) it’s a commical photo and all about colors, I like that his pants was join the mattress(same color) , the difference colored shoes and the poll color. second thing: you can see the legs is standing like all the polls/flags in the background.

    Sportpic

    October 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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