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Canoe Slalom

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I used to do this sport many years ago and still enjoy watching it. Knowing the river intimitely and the paddlers helps get me into the prime locations on the bank where I know what the paddler is going to be doing. This shot works for me because i got myself into a position where the paddler looks as if she is making direct eye contact with me, however, truthfully, she is looking straight through the next slalom gate, which I am shooting through and purposefully cropped the gate poles out to give this close-up shot.


The shot was taken on the River Tay in a small town called Grandtully where many of the Scottish (and British) team paddlers train and race.

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Nice shot, can't quite decide if I like the "zoomy" effect or not however.




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Excellent following up with the focus.

The picture captures the action, while keeping the person in the center