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Hula Hoops Photo Contest FIRST PLACE Winner
Hula Hoops
Hula Hoops
Taken with Olympus Stylus 115, POINT and SHOOT zoom at 115 mm. Shows that the type of camera isn't necessarily the key thing.
© John Sandstedt
Olympus Stylus 115...
Tina  R. Hill
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    This is just cool!!!

7/19/2004 9:19:04 AM

John Sandstedt
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Thanks. This one proved to me that one can take good pictures with a point and shoot just as well as with a sophisticated SLR. In fact, had I used my EOS 3, I probably wouldn't have "stopped the action" of the hoops.

7/19/2004 10:53:51 AM

Ronald Balthazor
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Nicely captured, John.

7/19/2004 8:25:25 PM

Ray Charles

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Very cool capture.

7/20/2004 6:11:12 PM

Isabel L
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Wow Nice shot John! Congrats on your win with this image!!

8/15/2004 12:48:47 AM

Dan J. Holm
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Fantastic shot!! CONGRATULATIONS, John!!

8/15/2004 2:07:28 AM

Kristen McKain
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8/15/2004 5:23:31 AM

Nicole Boenig-McGrade

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CONGRATULATIONS John, what a great shot!!!!!

Would you mind sharing how you shot this? I am about to take some shots at a ballet studio and then at a ballet concert and could really use some 'settings' tips. I have a Nikon D70. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Kind regards from West Australia

8/15/2004 8:11:55 AM

Nancy Grace Chen
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Wow! Very cool! Great idea to use a slow shutter speed on this. Congratulations on your First Place winner!!


8/15/2004 11:29:17 AM

Janet Detota
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Fantastic results! Congratulations!

8/15/2004 12:31:58 PM

William C. Raco
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Excellent photo, John.
The movement is beautiful.


8/15/2004 2:22:54 PM

Evy Johansen
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Charming image, John! Many congratulations!

8/15/2004 6:31:44 PM

Kelly Abernathy
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Congratulations on your first place win! Very cool shot! -K

8/16/2004 5:02:29 AM

Robin L. Wehrman
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Congratulations on this magnificent image John and your first place win well deserved!

8/16/2004 5:03:32 AM

Pu Chen

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Beautiful motion you captured here, John! Congratulation!

8/16/2004 2:39:51 PM

Diane Dupuis-Kallos
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Congrats! Great shot!

8/19/2004 5:55:46 PM

Su Taylor
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John! What a great shot. Lovely light and motion capture. And a point and shot???
Could you tell me how you did this? I have a fancy dancy camera, but a frind of mine has a Nikon 5700 and his son is in school playing sports. I would love to show him, and of course me how to do something so spatactular! Great job.

11/30/2004 1:25:59 AM

John Sandstedt
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Thanks to all of you for your kind comments on "Hula Hoops."

For those of you who asked how it was taken - I used my wife's Olympus Stylus 115 Point and Shoot, at full zoom [115 mm.] This camera probably has a fixed shutter speed of 1/40th sec. and a fixed aperture of ~f/8.

The picture was taken at the Big Apple Circus in New York City. There was a continuing warning, "No flash allowed." But, there was lots of light from the various spotlights around the single ring. The performer started with one hula hoop and gradually increased the number she "twirled" to 50.

I took two shots during her act. I scanned the better of the two into Photoshop Elements [Ver 1.0] and enlarged it to 8X10 so it could be critiqued by members of my Camera Club. Most hated the fact that I'd captured three flood lights and rigging [two strands of colored ropes] in the upper right hand corner of the picture. That image just missed Honorable Mention in the Spring 2004 Print Competition of the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs.

Going back to Photoshop Elements, I cloned out the rigging and one of the lights. Then I copied the set of two lights across the top of the picture four times.

I had to repeat this several times to get the correct placement that allowed resizing of the print to exactly 8X10. I resized the image to that appropriate for entry in the contest.

As I indicated earlier, what made this image work was the fact that the camera had a slow shutter speed. That is, I had no control. If I'd used my Canon EOS 3, I probably would never have thought about using a slow shutter speed and, thus, would have frozen all action. That picture would not have shown the movement of the artist's body as she made the hula hoops fly. And, the hoops???

My wife loves this picture because I took it with her "little" camera. It shows that it's not the sophistication level of the camera that makes the picture; rather it's what the camera sees [or what the photographer sees.]

11/30/2004 5:11:35 PM

Susan L. Vasquez
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This is a lovely image John! It takes more than a camera to make an image. One has to be able to "see" to be a great photographer. I really like the color and all the movement (especially her hands).

6/17/2005 8:11:45 PM

Lorri Shank
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Wow, John. It's very different and I like it alot! Thanks for sharing!

10/27/2005 6:36:17 PM

Barbara Helgason
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This IS a very unique and interesting photo. Congratulations, I am glad I stopped by to see it. And thanks for your help with my question on the forum.

12/28/2005 6:01:00 PM

Mary Anne Frey
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Hey John! I love this one, I have never seen anything like it, very original!
Mary Anne

8/31/2006 3:04:36 PM

Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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I just came across this image today, John, and it is very cool!!! A huge congratulations on your win!!!!

I have a point and shoot Olympus Camedia and LOVE it. When I set the dial on my own settings, I can get very creative.

Excellent work!!


1/27/2008 2:59:49 PM

Ronald F. Fischer
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What a stunningly beautiful capture!

1/29/2008 10:13:28 AM

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