Sun 17-Mar-13 01:42 AM | edited Sun 17-Mar-13 01:42 AM by Bob Chadwick
Lady Blue wins their 3rd state champion in 4 years beating the #1 ranked North Gwinnett Lady Dogs 63 - 42. Norcross and North Gwinnet met 4 times this year, splitting the series, with Norcross winning the only game that mattered.
Norcross was led by Diamond DeShields, this years Niasmith Award winner given the best basketball player in the nation and a McDonalds' All-American. The Lady Dogs were led by a Lexie Brown, also a McDonalds' All American.
I shot with a D800 and Sigma 120-300 f2-8 and a D300 with a Nikon 24-70 f2.8.
I also like #5 but at a minimum would have cropped the player on the far right. #7 appeals to me as does #4 except for the way OOF player on the right. I'd crop as much of the OOF player as I could get away with.
Is there any player ready to replace DeShields when she graduates in order to continue the Norcross basketball dynasty?
Sun 17-Mar-13 11:12 PM | edited Sun 17-Mar-13 11:17 PM by Bob Chadwick
Thanks for looking.
What do you think Reuben? Too tight?
Bob, Shayla and Diamond are the only two seniors on the starting squad so I think there will be a good core. The offense will need to step it up. They got used to going to Shayla for the hard fought inside shot and Diamond on the fast break and on the outside rather than take the shot themselves. Players are going to have to step it up and, in all likelihood, a top prospect will transfer in for the college contacts that Coach Hembree brings to the court. She has won 6 championships with two teams. You might recognize her last star, Maya Moore, a two time Naismith winner.
I struggled with the crop on #4 Bob. To cut out that player I had to either leave her arm in or crop out part of Diamond's leg. I eventually decided that the out of focus player was less distracting. What do you think?
You have cropped #4 exactly as I envisioned it. I also pondered what I would do about the dangling arm that remains. My first thought is to make a selection of if and then darken it so that it would not be so noticeable. Light objects near the edges of images are notorious eye-catchers. With all the stuff in the background I'm not sure that an attempt to remove the arm by cloning would be successful. There may be better ways to handle this arm issue, but I am not yet aware of them. In any event I think you have generated a much stronger image by cropping the OOF player.
I have mixed feelings about your proposed crop of #4. I concur with cropping of the player on the right, but I don't like to see the net deleted. Player #23 doesn't contribute anything substantive to the action, but I'd be inclined to leave her in the scene so that the net would remain.
Isn't it fun trying to reconcile all of these conflicting personal opinions and tastes?!?
I just used the Content Aware Tool in Elements for the first time tonight. It works great for removing distracting items from a scene. I tried it to remove the dangling arm in your cropped version of image #4 and found that it did a terrific job. I could hardly believe how easy it was to accomplish. Try it. I think that you will like it. I'm assuming that you have the Content Aware Tool in Lightroom. I expect to be using this tool on a regular basis from now on.