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Part 11 of a (foreshortened) 11 part series on slacklining on library lawn at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Further details about slacklining can be found in my earlier posts from the series... and perhaps eventually i will come back and extend the series a bit further, as i have grown a bit more proficient in slacklining myself and as a result have had opportunities to shoot some more advanced tricks than the basics depicted in this series.

On one of my first uploads, Rafal (jinju) suggested that i was possibly a little bit worried, as i shot that picture at 46mm on a lens that goes 18-200. He asked for an 18mm shot.

Well... i'm not going to lie. i spent about five or ten minutes watching everybody that got near the line take tremendous falls... and i was maybe just slightly worried. After taking pictures for 45 minutes or an hour, though, i began to get a feel for who was comfortable enough on the line for me to take some risks and who was not.

This line belonged to a man named Logan. This would be him--he was one of those who won my trust (the first time that i can recall my subject needing to win my trust for me to take the picture i wanted rather than me needing to win his or her trust to do the same...). i flipped over to autofocus, held my camera at ground level pointed straight up, and tried to time the shot right. i tried 11 times, and this was my second try, which i feel was most effective. He never landed on me, but came close a few times.

If i was to take this picture again, i think that i would have set my aperture at closer to f/8 or so and manually focused to about two and a half meters in order to have a little bit better margin for error on the focus and to avoid the auto-focus's tendency to lock onto the hard lines of the tree above Logan.

Also, i've started putting a watermark on my pictures. This is not because i think it makes them look better, but merely to offer what little bit of protection to my work that i can. i don't think that it makes it any harder to critique the pictures, and i think that the watermark is here to stay.

My next picture will be from... somewhere else. i haven't decided yet... but i think i'm going to go back out of the country for a few pictures. Maybe Mexico, maybe Panama, maybe Peru... i'm not sure.

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