ZAP the ZAPPERS 1: Toeing the Line

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We serve up our first ZAP the ZAPPER with this shot of Novak Djokovic squaring up a shot at Day 3 of the 2010 US Open. Do you love this shot, or is there too much to find at fault?

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Tech Specs: Olympus E-PL1 with Olympus M 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 zoom. 1/250 @ f/5.4 @ ISO 100. Aperture Priority mode. Cropped and adjusted for contrast and pop in Adobe Camera Raw 6. Smart Sharpening applied in Adobe Photoshop CS5.

Photographer's Statement: I do like the way this shot is anchored and lined up with Djokovic's sneakers right on the edge of the frame and that the ball is in-frame, but that's about the only things with this shot that really work for me at all, on any level. First of all, it is back-focused on the blue wall, so even if I'd cranked up the ISO to get a truer action-freezing shutter speed as opposed to the sluggish 1/250 second while racked out at maximum aperture on this variable-aperture zoomer, there would still be soft edges on the action when printing this image out. Agressive Smart Sharpening makes it look OK on-screen, but this isn't print-worthy. And let's not look past the awkward stance captured in this frame.This shot just doesn't work all that well any way you slice it!

 

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