Goal-kicking action collage

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This collage consists of four shots put together in PhotoShop CS using the crop tool and layer masks.

D70 + Sigma 170-500; 1/1000s; f/6.3; 500mm.

One of the main errors that would-be goalkickers make is to have their non-kicking foot too far back. As you can see, this lad has his non-kicking foot exactly where it should be - at the side of the ball.

It occurs to me that a similar set-up could be useful when attempting to analyse one's golf swing. Not that mine would bear analysis; a thing of beauty it ain't - but it gets me there...eventually!
 
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That's an excellent action sequence, Clive, with some find Photoshop work. Looks like you're still infatuated with your Bigma.
 
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Hi Clive!

That's a cool sequence you've put together, and until I took at it for a long while, I didn't know it was the same guy. Tell me though, (this is a joke), how do you know for sure if your horizon is level, since they're all leaning so much, and the lines on the field are diagonal? ;)
 
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Re: Hi Clive!

Steve S said:
That's a cool sequence you've put together, and until I took at it for a long while, I didn't know it was the same guy.
Yes, they're all the same guy. :) I focussed on the ball while he was measuring his run, put my thumb on the little button that holds focus and exposure, recomposed and fired off a burst as soon as he made a move.


Steve S said:
Tell me though, (this is a joke), how do you know for sure if your horizon is level, since they're all leaning so much, and the lines on the field are diagonal? ;)
Good question. There were factors later cropped out that helped straighten the horizon. And the lines are not actually diagonal but are similar to the ones in grid-iron although not as frequent.

During the post-match drinking session there was some serious leaning going on, I can tell you! :D
 
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Thanks for the kind words, Gordon.

The beauty of layer masks is that they're non-destructive - you can return and tweak them later. They are not quite as steep a learning curve as you might think. Believe me, if I can learn how to use 'em - anyone can!
 
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Hi Clive,

Wow, we're learning already from you!

I was convinced it was the same person but couldn't believe it totally because of the overlapping arms. That's good stuff !

Sure enjoyed this sequence picture and hope everyone on this forum gets to see it.

Gaye
 
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Of course if he was Australian then the kick would have gone over. :D

Really nice sequence though Clive and you're right it can be a useful way of analysing things.

Neil
 
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Very cool shot(s) Clive. Seems that every new Café member brings unique talents, and makes us all richer. :p

Regards,

Frank
 
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Chris101 said:
Ooo that's such a good picture - the overlap/underlap parts are perfect! So is the overall composition.
Thanks for that, Chris.

I wasn't too sure at first because sometimes his right arm overlaps his left and sometimes his left overlaps his right.

But my wife (aka SWMBO - She Who Must Be Obeyed) said it was fine as it was, so I left it.
 
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