Fri 18-Jan-13 02:56 AM | edited Fri 18-Jan-13 06:50 PM by bobpilot
I met Gavin when he was 10 years old, the younger brother of a friend. Four yeas later, his brother and I needed a third person to go with us to be legal to ski; Gavin joined us.
I asked Gavin if he wanted to learn to ski a slalom course; being a lad of few words, he said "Yes." I told him I'd drop him after each pass. I told him to ski and not look at the balls, just ski, he nodded. He was a good solid skier. On the next pass, I told him to bend his front knee; he nodded. He did exactly as I told him, he didn't try to out-ski my coaching. I mentioned to his brother that he is a good athlete, he brother said, "Yeah, he is." I added one new skill on each pass. By the end, he ran 5 balls, at 26 mph. This usually takes several months to achieve.
In 2011, Gavin placed first in Regionals. At a tournament a year or so prior he filled out the athlete form and provided my name as the person who inspired him the most. He didn't list a big-name skier, and he has skied with the best, he put my name in that spot. I was stunned and oh so pleased. I am just a tad bit proud of him. To top this off, he is the best person I know.
I took these photo in 2008. I like the silhouette and wonder your thoughts are. I want to give him a gift and this will be made into a 20 x 30 print. Or should I use a front lit, color, image?
Fri 18-Jan-13 03:42 AM | edited Fri 18-Jan-13 05:51 PM by bobpilot
All right, I thought I'd like the color front lit image, but the silhouette is better and you explained the reason.
Well now, here are two more for your consideration. While I tend to favor the first one, there is no ball that is visible. So, I found two others that have a ball, but I wonder if either has the same feel as the first. One the first image, I did not change the exposure, it came out as a silhouette. These two I reduced the exposure to force the image, and I am not sure it works well, they have the ball though. Thoughts?
I prefer the second of those two due to the shadow definition on the water, and the whip in the rope from the change of direction, can't decide whether I like it more than the first image you posted though.
I prefer different silhouette shots for different reasons:
• The first one has the best rendition of the wake • The second one (first of the two-posted) has the best skier pose — the other arm is out. • The third (second of the two-posted) is the compromise between the two, good wake and you can sort of see the second hand. But it's a compromise.
As a gift for him, the second one.
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Another vote here for the first image. Great story and some great images. I have seen some landscapes done on metal and did not care much for them myself however this image may work quite well. At the very least I would try a print on metallic paper, I am sure it would look great.
Marc There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.-Ansel Adams