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SI American Pharoah Cover
Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 9:03 AM on 06.10.15
->> http://www.si.com/horse-racing/2015/06/09/american-pharoah-triple-crown-spo...

Does anyone know if there's a unedited version of the cover photo for American Pharoah's triple crown? I only ask because it looks almost like an HDR image at first glance. The shadows just don't seem right considering the level of the highlights. Love the shot though.
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Tim Cowie, Photographer, Photo Editor
Davidson | NC | USA | Posted: 9:24 AM on 06.10.15
->> Guessing it's not an HDR image. Two things...first, hard to do an HDR image of moving objects and two, most editors would make a notation that image is doctored to the point that it is an HDR image.
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Murfreesboro | TN | U.S. | Posted: 9:53 AM on 06.10.15
->> I know, right? Just for fun, I ran it through the fotoforensics site. And I know it's just a low-res version for the web, but I've never seen a result look the way it does when I put that image through it.
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Travis Haughton, Photographer
Oak Park | IL | USA | Posted: 10:32 AM on 06.10.15
->> Yeah, that was the first thing I thought when I saw the image as well. It's definitely had the shadows pushed. I used to tone things like this for newsprint using Photoshop's shadow/highlight tool.

I know it's "different," but I'm not a fan of the f/16 look.

I'll reserve final judgement until I see a print copy.
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Robert Longhitano, Photographer, Photo Editor
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 1:21 PM on 06.10.15
->> Looks un-doctored to me. Late afternoon sun at the photographers 7 o'clock position with him shooting at 12 o'clock. Judging from the photo position it was NOT a prime spot so I'm assuming the photographer saw all the cell phones and choose to shot a feature photo purposely shooting at f16 of f22 to tell his story
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Joshua Lindsey, Photographer
Nashville | TN | United States | Posted: 6:16 PM on 06.10.15
->> Story on how the picture was made...

http://www.si.com/horse-racing/2015/06/09/american-pharoah-triple-crown-spo...
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Joshua Lindsey, Photographer
Nashville | TN | United States | Posted: 6:17 PM on 06.10.15
->> Just realized Wesley posted the same link, sorry for the duplicate.
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 9:02 PM on 06.10.15
->> F8 and be there.
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Gene Boyars, Photographer
Manalapan | NJ | United States | Posted: 2:28 AM on 06.11.15
->> It is much more than f8 and be there....it is something someone thought about and planned for and executed. F8 and be there is just that......it is more being there and being ready and reacting. Not that f8 and be there is bad, you need it for spot news, it needs to be part of your make up every day, to be ready.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 11:54 PM on 06.11.15
->> What Gene said. SI has a LOT of shooters at these big events. Not to mention they can and will snag cover photos from other agencies if need be. This photographer either took a chance (which you can do when shooting in a "team" assignment) OR was specifically assigned this angle. It's not rocket science. And one thing I've learned, especially in the last few years with digital files getting better and better, there is a massive amount of latitude in the files, and I don't even shoot on RAW. The photo looks fine to me. I really don't see any of the problems that sometimes occur when using the shadow/highlights feature. And Brad Smith wouldn't allow any kind of manipulated image on the cover of SI without full disclosure.
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 8:09 AM on 06.12.15
->> Gene,

Good point. I'm a big believer in planning ahead as much as possible. I was commenting more on the story about the photo that indicated it was shot blind from below. I'm always impressed at how good some photographers are at getting good compositions even when they can't see through the camera.
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Michael Granse, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 12:04 PM on 06.13.15
->> I am making no judgement on the SI cover, but as for HDR images of moving subjects are concerned they can be done rather easily from a single frame.

This tugboat was cruising down the Mississippi River a few weeks ago and I made five JPEGS from the RAW file with the first being unchanged, the second at +1 stop, the third at +2 stops, the fourth at -1 stop, and the fifth at -2 stops.

The five images were then combined and tone mapped:

http://tinyurl.com/nqfj8q9
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