I love photographing this kind of competition. I feel it’s got more potential than what I get out of it though - probably more about composition, timing and so on, but want to try?
This chap won his category BTW - the photo doesn’t quite do justice to the way he was attacking that log!
I love the spectacle of the Wood Chop also., and occasionally watch the Stihl Timbersports on TV. I haven’t seen live timbersports since I was in Wangaratta, Victoria, 2000-2004.
My imagination says dragging your shutter to capture motion might give more dynamics to the picture - say 1/125 or 1/200 or so. Especially if you can capture the axeman mid-swing; or, if you’re lucky enough, to catch a wood-chip flying.
A quick and dirty effort using vkdt - essentially turning things up to 11 a la Spinal Tap - wanting to draw the eye to the subject as much as possible. Masking especially the spectator in the purple and lowering the saturation there would be an improvement.
Hi Steve, here I am playing with DT4.2 on a linux desktop due to windows computer crapping itself last night. I have tried to focus the viewer to the axeman by selective dodging and burning with multiple exposure modules. Not perfect but I hope you get the idea.
BTW, this brings back memories of the Royal Easter Show woodchopping which was one of my favourite events when I lived in Sydney.
I have to agree with @martin.scharnke, I think some feel of motion would help. My version, I added a little motion blur to the arms, and also tried to demphasise the woman with the luminescent sun glasses.
@Terry sorry about the short reply earlier - I think the darkening of the background works well. Sorry to hear about the PC! @epeeist The blur is definitely a good idea. I feel it’s hard to do it completely realistically in ‘post’, but yours looks pretty good!
Aren’t they! @Christian-B Nice! Almost feels like the sun’s come out, without seeming too ‘altered’. @Jean-Marc_Digne And the sun’s gone in again! Or maybe just going down. Definitely more tension in this one.
Thanks for that. It was a quick, and moderately crude mask.
In this kind of circumstance, I tend to use the high-speed multiple shot facility on my Nikon D850. I notice that the picture was taken on a Nikon D7100, so you could do something similar. You can then choose the best from a reasonable selection.
I have to go back to my pictures from last year’s Highland Games to get something with the same feel. This was one of about a dozen, most of which I discarded.