one in a million shots

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by digitalandfilm, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Savas K

    Savas K Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 10, 2013
    What about the scalawags or the ignorant who will always think it was Photoshopped? That has to be very annoying to a practicing photographer.
  2. RajC

    RajC Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 6, 2013
    Bolt x 2

    While the shot is good, I'm not otherwise impressed. Maybe it's because a similar image could be created via photo editing software? Call me jaded.
    It looks like the photog anticipated the lightning, which is important but not difficult. Photogs should always be anticipating action.

    I do appreciate you sharing the pic though.
  3. wildwildwes

    wildwildwes Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 9, 2012
    Brooklyn, NY
    Okay, so I FINALLY saw the lightening... That said, while it's definitely a "one in a million shot", it's not a particularly GREAT shot! Career defining?!? Meh... :hmmm:

    Thanks for sharing!
  4. macalterego

    macalterego Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 10, 2012
    Lawrence, KS
    Jeffrey McPheeters
    It's a nice addition, but not necessary, IMO. I've shot landscapes that had storm clouds in the background, but not the focus of the scene, and once, lightning appeared and I only realized it when I got back to develop the shot. It was a nice addition, as it turned out, but the photo would be a good one without it. In this particular case, it might even be a slight distraction for some tastes. But I'm still very much a student when it comes to elements in composition.
  5. slappy

    slappy Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    Guildford, Surrey, UK
    I don't think it does anything particularly well. The lighting is too small. And Usain bolt isn't lit up enough.
  6. ThomD

    ThomD Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 1, 2013
    SF Bay Area
  7. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Absolutely agree - without the lightning, ehhh?
  8. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    If you shot it, I'm sure that you would have posted up here as quick as possible- I know I would have!

    Are those grapes as sour as you say? :wink:
  9. monk3y

    monk3y Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 14, 2013
    in The Cloud...
    I think he's not sourgraping but more like the spellings. Somebody spelled it lightening, another said lighting :D

    Wake up guys.;)

    As for the photo, I did not even see the lightning until I read the article:eek:

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  10. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    I still think it was photoshopped.

    It is not so much that the chances of you catching lightning at 1/100th of a second are very slim, it is the fact that the lightning is perfectly positioned in the photograph.

    Dont you think a thunder'bolt' in the middle of a Usain Bolt photo is too good to be true. I do.

  11. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    My all shots are one in 7 billion :wink::wink:
  12. macalterego

    macalterego Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 10, 2012
    Lawrence, KS
    Jeffrey McPheeters
    Except for the fact that there really were thunderstorms happening at that time, and a bunch of photographers were all trying to actually get lightning strikes to appear and had dozens of cameras set up taking remote sequences for several minutes including the entire 10,000 meter race prior. Also, remember, when you are world famous, the sheer numbers of photos being taken of you, someone, somewhere, is going to get a shot that has something of unique interest going on. Just the odds. It's a well documented shot. The thread isn't discussing whether it happened, but whether the shot is a really worthy of being a 'historical' shot.
  13. macalterego

    macalterego Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 10, 2012
    Lawrence, KS
    Jeffrey McPheeters
    Here's an article with the photographer's remarks:
    Bolt From the Heavens for Photographer | Daily Relay
    Here's a news article that indicates that a number of photographers were attempting to get lightning shots. The guy who got the shot had five remote cameras going. Maybe there were a dozen or dozens of cameras elsewhere. I really don't know. I was surmising, though. I've seen setups at events of much less significance and it's incredible the amount of hardware dedicated to capturing, hopefully, "that one glorious moment".
    Usain Bolt snapped winning the 100 metres - against a REAL streak of lightning | Mail Online
  14. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    Sorry, but although it's a nice shot, the headline is utter BS.

    It's not even remotely one-in-a-million or 'career defining', esp not when compared to the other photographs there.

    Eh. Anything to sell magazines, I suppose.
  15. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    Sure.... it would be pretty dumb to photoshop in lightning if there wasnt actually any on the day. Ben Johnson won the olympics didnt mean he wasnt on drugs.

    So I still think it was photoshopped...

    Hey the 'press photo of the year was photoshopped' so no big deal....
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