Firing Squad: March 9, 2010

Natural elements can be great additions to a standard jump shot. This week, both photographers made use of branches to add extra interest to their photos. In the champ’s shot the twig is small, while the challenger’s used a much, much bigger twig. Now you decide which stick of wood is more effective.

The Champ

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The Challenger

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Think you can do better? Then quit your bitching. The Firing Squad is a weekly photo competition. Winners of a single battle will receive a pair of Da Kine gloves and should a photo survive 4 weeks, the photographer receives a place in the Champions Gallery and a Da Kine Camera Pack, as well as a chance to compete in the year-end Ultimate Champions battle. To enter your own photo in the Firing Squad, check out our submission guidelines.

  • JCL

    yeh!

  • JW

    The challenger is really cool, but the the whole left side is dead space. It needs to be brightened up or cropped out!

  • Challenger is a neat shot, but it just doesn’t have that same “epic” quality that the champ does…

  • agreed… i like the challenger… but the champ is just such a classic shot

  • scott

    ^^^ “dead space” on one side isn’t always a bad thing in a composition that has a built in frame on the other side.

  • Dan

    Yeah, do what JW said and “crop it out” so it looks like tried to make it your myspace profile pic. Good idea, dumbass.

  • Really?

    Great moments … the Champ’s is way greater. That tree looks like a lot of fun to session, but canopy cover is always a bitch to frame. I think the challenger’s photo would be better shot at night, using that directional lighting to isolate the tree and rider from the business and blah of the tree cover and greybird sky.

    The challenger’s shot is a perfect example of why off-camera flash can be such a copout … it does give a so-so photo a little extra pop, but doesn’t make up for missing the right moment (want to see a little more of the rider’s face), or boring composition/background.

    Again, though, both good shots, good moments. Love the champ’s frame. Respectable amplitude for sure. Damn.

  • Big fan of the challenger’s photo. If it was a little looser, and the ambient light was a 1/2 stop darker, I’d marry it.

  • that’s the toughest battle to pick in a while, but I was just drawn to the challenger a little bit more than the champ.
    both sick shots though

  • 1337pwner

    solid battle…gotta go champ despite the faux foreground

  • Tackitt

    What Robert Harold Sell III said. Looser. Half to 1 stop darker. Marry.

  • TMax

    Claiming the Challenger this week. Stale-fish perfectly alligned with the branch.
    Combined with a Hell-track-ish ramp to ramp jump. Whats not to like?

  • brett stewart

    the challenger just because i did a shot exactly like it haha. nice stuff guyss

  • gnarbucket

    gotta give it to the champ, sick composition, and Brett Butcher straight sends it