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About The Winning Images - Michael Pilsworth


Better Photography Photo of the Year - 2016 Incredible Sport Winner

Once again, it's is a strong, powerful and dramatic composition that has found its way to the top of the competition. It's not that more 'normal' sport photographs are lacking, rather that in a photography competition, the judges are often swayed by a more pictorial or artistic approach, something that stops them in their tracks and gets them to ask questions.

Michael Pilsworth has done just this with his rowing study, taken in an inlet near his home in Bunbury, Western Australia.

"This inlet is where I spent my childhood - swimming, camping, fishing off the little jetties which used to be placed along the rock wall. It is still a very popular location for dragon boat teams, the odd horse swimming race, boats bobbing about on Australia Day for the fireworks and the die hard fishermen. I took this image late afternoon when the lines of the rower and the kayak caught my eye."


Michael used a DJI Phantom Drone with a standard lens, which allowed him to obtain the powerful angle. The exposure was 1/400 second @ f2.8, ISO 400.

"Almost 90 per cent of my post-production is done in Lightroom and for this image I used the crop tool, plus adjustments for hue, saturation, luminance, noise reduction and final sharpening.

"The image is very noisy due to the low light in the afternoon and the small sensor on the camera, so I darkened the water to black and instantly knew this was a different image, with a striking focal point."

Michael says he entered the competition simply to 'give it a go'. "I never thought my image would be noticed amongst all the cracker shots entered. I would like to enter again, especially given the chance of winning awesome prizes of gear that the wife won’t let me buy!"

Let's hope Mrs Pilsworth isn't reading this far…

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