Esther

Esther

Posted on 01/28/2014


Photo taken on January  8, 2014


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skate
2014
Championships
Skating
States
patinage
United
Figure
National
rink
competition
ice
skating
figure
skater
twist
Kaitlin
Pairs
Budd
lift
Program
Junior
Short
double
Nikita
Cheban


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2014 United States National Figure Skating Championships - Junior Pairs Short Program - Kaitlin Budd and Nikita Cheban doing a double twist lift

"A twist lift is a pairs figure skating hand-to-waist lift. The man lifts the lady in the air, where she performs one or more rotations in a laid-out position. He catches her in the air and lets her down onto one foot."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twist_lifts

Normally, I like to freeze the action in skating. I set the aperture and try to pick a fast enough ISO so that the shutter speed will create a sharp image. In this shot, the speed was not fast enough, but the resulting blur and the snow scraped up from the man's skate seemed interesting to me. I'm not thrilled about the background advertising. Although it shows the panning blur, it is distracting. What do you think?

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James Wiley, Larry Drummond have particularly liked this photo


15 comments - The latest ones
Colin
Colin
Great action image, I think this would have to be a
fairly dangerous manoeuvre Esther.
3 years ago.
Philippe_28
Philippe_28
Very impressive
3 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Rather her than me!!!!!
3 years ago.
Pete Foley
Pete Foley
Great moment to capture
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Curiously, the most common injury seems to be a broken nose for the guy when the woman pulls her elbows in quickly.
3 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Magnificent air....seems dangerous!
3 years ago.
Auribins
Auribins
I really like the movement that you have captured here. Most people would have tried to freeze the shot but I think that this would miss a trick! I really like the lady skater who's been flung in the air - how brave much she be to attempt something like this. Only be capturing this moment do you realise just how high they go. The spectator adds a welcome sense of scale - this makes it even more impressive! Ideally, In My Opinion, the banner would have been pure white, but that's context and things beyond your control.
3 years ago.
Steve Knight
Steve Knight
IMO:
Esther, were you there? That in itself is impressive. I see a few ways to deal with the issues this shot poses for you. You must first sacrifice the ice spray from the man's skates. (That alone could be a study.) To include that in this photo splits the focus of the viewer. Also there is too much, IMO, white in the shot. You want her to draw our eye, without distractions. I would make a square crop of this image starting under the man's elbows. This would also get rid of much of the banner while giving her her proper place in the composition. The official in the bkgrd adds tension, but she could easily be cloned out were you so inclined. Thanks for the opportunity to give you my opinion.
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thank you for taking the time to comment.
3 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
Such a scary move
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
I've seen some near misses, but the guy usually makes the catch.
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thanks for the constructive criticism.
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thanks, James.
3 years ago.
Mike Coombes
Mike Coombes
wow!
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Who invented this move?
3 years ago.