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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 2:36 pm 
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I finally got the chance to go to see sumo, and armed with my 55-200mm managed to get some fairly decent shots. The AUTO white balance screwed me over a bit (should have switched to indoors), but after a bit of playing around post-production I've got a few good shots of the action that I'm pleased with.

Please enjoying! (as some of my Japanese students would say)

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I like the shots! expecially the one with all the cushions flying around. (although I wonder how they would have been with longer exposure to create movement) How come you are travelling so much?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:03 am 
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stevesayskanpai wrote:
The AUTO white balance screwed me over a bit


maybe you could take your pictures in RAW mode,so you can adjust the white balance any time.

nice pictures bye the way!

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Nice and interesting shots! I especially like "Makuuchi Ring Entering 2" - very otherworldly to see so many portly men in over sized thongs being revered by a large crowd..lol..no matter what the purpose is.

As far as your post processing goes, you managed to adjust the white balance very well - the whites (socks, stripes on floor etc.) are white. The sand and skin tones may lead Gaijin like me to think it's off - when it isn't.

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Thanks for the replies.

Paukl, I live in Japan- hence the continued theme of Japan pictures!

LahLahSr, a good example of the two different white balances are "Go Go Asashoryu" and "The Daddy of Sumo". The former is corrected from AUTO, while the latter is unchanged INDOOR. You can see the difference most in the skin tones and sand, as you say. Not sure which is better to be honest.

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yeow.

I would hate to have to feed one of those guys...great shots stevesays...great color, and unfamiliar to my eyes, but great to see that culture...

I have looked at your flikr site before, and love looking at the back pages, where all of the red leaves are..great work,


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Nice shots! I found cushion throwing quite amusing, for something thats kept as tradition, it seems a bit un-sportsmanly. :D

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Nice shots man! i really like them.

Would be intrestesting to go to one of those events, but i never been to japan !

what is it that your doing in japan if i may ask?

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stevesayskanpai wrote:
I live in Japan- hence the continued theme of Japan pictures!

Lol, I guess that explains :P I guess I was put off my guard because of the travel-theme :)
Japan is definitly on my wishlist of visiting...

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I couldn't recommend Japan highly enough- a great place to live, and to visit. If anyone plans to come over here for a visit I'd be more than happy to give some travel tips!

The cushion throwing is only when a yokozuna (the highest sumo rank) is beaten by a lower opponent- i.e. a big upset. This is also usually in the last basho of the day so they don't have to clear up after!

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