8 Seconds Can Be A Long Time!
by: © Caitlyn Smith
8.9
Overall
Rating
9
General
impression
10
Subject
of photo
8
Composition
& Perspective
9
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
9
Depth
of field
7
Color &
Lighting
10
Focus
General
impression
For a novice, you have made a great capture here, filling the frame with subject, freezing the action and framing in a good composition. All in all this is a very good picture and you should give yourslef a pat on the back.
9/10
Subject
of photo
Great fast action subject that takes skill to capture
10/10
Composition
& perspective
I dont care too much for the perspective but I guess if you were in a grandstand this is the best you could get. In truth, shots like this are better from ground level. I like the way you have filled the frame and made a very good diagonal composition
8/10
Use of camera,
exposure
& speed
The image appears sharp in all areas so you have made use of a high shutter speed to freeze the shot. The background is sharp too so maybe an even faster shutter speed with a larger aperture would improve it.
9/10
Depth
of field
Fine, but as I said earlier, would like to see the background a little more out of focus
9/10
Color &
Lighting
The colour is true to the scene but the image is very contrasty due to the bright sunlight. This has the effect of darkening the shadows and most of the visible side of the horse and rider are in shadow. To compensate for this you need to shoot a little over exposed.
7/10
Focus
Focus is spot on
10/10
Description
I took this photo while watching the rodeo at the Calgary Stampede. I am an extreme amateur photographer, but am really pleased with how this turned out. The Bronc ridi  see all >
I took this photo while watching the rodeo at the Calgary Stampede. I am an extreme amateur photographer, but am really pleased with how this turned out. The Bronc riding is a ridiculously fast event so I was happy to get this photo.
Technical Details

Nikon D40

Lens: Telephoto: 50-200mm
ISO: 800
Flash: Built-in
Reviewed by GuruShots Pro
John Lines
20 Years
United Kingdom
Sports
11 Jobs
How to improve your photo
1.
Hi Caitlin, Freezing action is always difficult but in good sunny conditions like this, I would tend to use the widest aperture possible by using aperture preference on the camera settings (Usually AV) which would in turn give a very fast shutter speed. This has the effect of throwing the background out of focus.
2.
When shooting in harsh light and when particularly you are on the shadow side of the subject, compensate by allowing a half to one stop over-exposure and experiment. Always experiment.
3.
I am not a fan of a square frame, personally I like to see a distinct landscape or portrait format but with this image it works as square but that is very rare. Very good work all round. Congratulations.
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John Lines
Experience: 20 Years
Have been involved with Sports all my life and passionate about photography for probably 30 years. The digital age has increased my enthusiasm and I now shoot images for numerous newspapers and magazines. I also have a love for Nature, Seascape and Landscape.
Specialty:
Sports
Location:
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