20 November 2013 South African canoeing has received a major boost with the announcement by the International Canoe Federation that the World Canoe Marathon Championships will be hosted by the Natal Canoe Club at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg in 2017. The announcement came at the ICF board of directors’ meeting in Lima, Peru on the weekend, bringing to fruition the lobbying work done by the Natal Canoe Club to host the event at the home of the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon. “This is a major boost for canoeing in South Africa,” Canoeing South Africa president Christo Horn said this week. “Marathon racing is one of our strongest disciplines, and we currently have both the senior men’s K1 world champion and under-23 men’s K1 world champion in Hank McGregor and Andy Birkett to go with our long history of marathon successes. “This will allow our elite athletes to perform in front of their hometown supporters, and it will be a great opportunity to market and grow the discipline of flat water marathon racing at a venue more famous for river racing.” For under-23 world champ Birkett, a Pietermaritzburg resident and member of the Natal Canoe Club (NCC), the event will be an opportunity to compete for a world title on home water.‘A great place’ “I am very excited. In 2017, I will be 27. That’s pretty much the perfect age,” Birkett said. “I’m sure that Pietermaritzburg will be a great place to have it as well. The people tend to support big sporting events held in the city. It’s quite a small community, but sports events, like the 2013 Mountain Bike World Championships, are very well supported. Hopefully we’ll see something along the same line for the Canoe Marathon World Champs.” Brett Austen Smith, the general manager of the NCC, said he wanted to make the event as accessible as possible for overseas visitors. “We are very grateful to the ICF for awarding us this event,” he said. “Their confidence is very encouraging and we see this as reward for the strong reputation South Africa has in marathon canoeing. “Our intention is to make the World Champs a truly memorable event, and the biggest event in the history of marathon racing. “We will be able to offer very affordable food and accommodation packages due to the exchange rate. The strong Zulu Culture of this region will also make for an exciting and interesting event, both on and off the water. We will be able to offer and present an event that will be totally unique for both competitors and spectators alike.” Austen Smith said R17.5-million (approximately €1.3-million) would be spent to ensure the World Championships will be memorable. “Hosting the 2017 event will ensure that facilities at Camps Drift are significantly upgraded. This will result in a world class venue, not only for competition, but for training during northern hemisphere winters as well. “The NCC Clubhouse has gym and physio facilities, as well as access to perfect training waters. The close proximity to the City centre means that paddlers never have far to travel for shopping conveniences like coffee shops and internet facilities that are always so important to athletes. Year round, the weather is very suitable for paddling.”A reward Three-time world champion Hank McGregor said he saw the awarding of the World Championships as a reward for South Africa’s passion for marathon paddling. “It’s fantastic news, ‘ he said. “The ICF has clearly seen South Africa as a country that is serious about marathons and this is due to all the results, from our junior boys and girls to our masters over the years. “It is such a big plus, but we mustn’t take it for granted. “I would love to be part of it in some way,” McGregor added. “I am getting a little long in the tooth, so I don’t know if I will be racing the seniors, but I really want to be there in some form or other.” The NCC will host a number of major events at Camps Drift in the lead-up to the 2017 World Championships, including the 2015 Kwa-Zulu Natal Championships, the South African Championships and the All African Championships currently planned for the venue. In 2016 the ICF World Cup will serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Champs.Masters Cup The 2017 World Championships will be preceded by the Masters Cup events for veteran and masters paddlers, which is expected to be very well supported by local paddlers. “Our veteran and masters age group paddling is extremely strong, and because there is no limit to the entry for these events, we expect a huge turnout of local paddlers eager to be a part of this event in their own backyard,” said Austen Smith. “We have four years to prepare for this event, and also to get our talent identification process geared up so that we can really mount a considerable challenge in every age group and category.”
Then we’ll raise the gain: Next we’ll pull the shadows back to the teal/cobalt color. We’ll have to do this using the offset control, which we’ll push teal/blue: Now we start to make the look more aggressive. We’ll switch to the Overall tab and raise the overall saturation to get those really rich colors in the example: Now you can see the reason we pushed blue instead of green into the offset for the shadows. When we add the bluish offset with the yellow/orange midtones and highlights, the shadows take on that greenish/teal color we want to emulate. It’s one of the things to consider when dealing with an offset/gamma/gain control instead of a shadow/midtone/highlight setup. You can real more about the different types of 3-way color correctors in this great post by colorist Alexis Van Hurkman.The next step in emulating the look is to start tweaking the shadows. At the moment, they’re way too saturated. We’ll jump over to the Shadows tab and lower the final shadows saturation: Now this really screws up the skintones, but we’ll address that in a minute. Before that, we want to make some tonal/contrast adjustments. We want to crunch the shot a bit, so we’ll lower the offset: In this post we’ll share a formula for getting a unique vintage look in Adobe SpeedGrade!I was recently asked by a friend to figure out the formula for the stylized vintage color grade seen in this music video:Looking at the video to break the grade down, it’s a very aggressive teal-and-orange look with varying intensities throughout, but it also has a vintage look with not-so-white whites and lifted, milky blacks. He needed the look created in Apple Color, but I thought it’d be a fun exercise to create the look in Adobe SpeedGrade for this post. Here’s the shot we’ll start with:I did all of this on an adjustment layer above the shot (which is a great feature of SpeedGrade). For more info on grading with adjustment layers see my previous post: Color Grading in Layers in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects or SpeedGrade. I called the first primary “Look”:The very first step in creating the look is going to be getting those warm midtones, so we’ll push the overall gamma towards yellow/orange: Then we’ll raise the offset to make it even lighter in comparison to the edge vignette we created: Then we’ll do the same in the gain: Now we’re going to affect the inside of the window, so make a new layer and switch it to inside the mask (using the circle-in-rectangle looking buttons):We want the middle of the shot to be a bit more milky, so lower the contrast using the slider: The goal isn’t to make his skin normal. The goal is to make his skin yellow/orange instead of red. After that, an adjustment to saturation finishes the adjustment: Then we’ll raise the gamma a bit: Now we’ll raise the shadow offset a bit since lowering the shadow saturation darkened that tonal range a bit: Now we’re going to work on the vignette aspect of the look. Add a new layer, and make sure you switch the vignette/mask setting to outside, since that’s what we’ll be doing first (note the circle-in-rectangle button options at the top):Here is the window shape I used for this vignette:Now we’ll just lower the offset a bit to darken the edges: The last step is to create the clipped whites and blacks, but that’s not really an easy thing to do in SpeedGrade. The only way I found to do it was to create a LUT in After Effects using Color Finesse where I clipped the curves at the top and bottom. To save you time, download that LUT here.Once you have the LUT file, create a new LUT layer in SpeedGrade:The LUT layer is a special layer you can get to with the + button to the right of the new secondary button. Once you’ve gotten the layer, select the LUT:Doing that gives you the final look!It’s worth noting that this is a very aggressive look that is heavily dependent on you footage, production design, etc. and may need to be dialed back in darker shots. If you’d like to download the free SpeedGrade preset for this look, you can get it here. The offset shifts the while image in that direction, so we’ll push some warm tones back into the gain to get where we need to go: Now we’ll move on to correcting those skintones. Add a new secondary layer (I called it Skin Key):First we’ll pull a key on the skintones. Your qualifier settings will vary based on your footage, but here’s what mine ended up being:First we’ll push the offset a little bit towards yellow and away from red:
Touch Football Australia (TFA) National Representative Teams and squads were involved in a series of camps and events around the Country on the weekend that led to widespread media coverage and massive promotional exposure for the code on a National scale.TFA fielded an Australian Women’s Invitational Team in the Harvey Norman Beach Footy Series at Sydney’s Maroubra beach on the 16-17 December 2006.The event featured six elite teams battling it out for $100,000 in prize money for their choosen charity.Four of the teams – The Blues, the Maroons, the Pacific Islanders, and the Young Guns comprised wall to wall National Rugby League superstars, whilst the Australian Women’s Invitational Beach Footy team, and a Celebrity Team headlined by Andrew Johns, and Anthony Mundine completed the stellar field.The event received massive media exposure in print, radio, and television mediums through broadcast partners Channel Nine, News Limited, and Nova FM, and the Women’s Beach Footy Team were featured prominantly.Among the media exposure TFA received was the front page story of a four page Beach Footy liftout in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph on Friday, live radio interviews with Women’s players and updates on Nova FM, and 2UE, exposure on several National network news bulletins, and Channel Ten’s Sports Tonight.Channel Nine taped the Beach Footy Series and it will be aired in late February/ early March in the lead-up to the NRL season kick-off.The Australian Men’s Open Team travelled to Rockhampton for their final training camp of their 2007 World Cup campaign and enjoyed saturation exposure from the local media.The Touch Football loving town rolled out the red carpet for Tony Trad’s men and the 3 game series against a Central Queensland combination that featured Rugby League superstar Benji Marshall turning out as an Invitational player for Central Queensland in the last game, received daily print and television coverage in the region.To cap off an exciting time promotionally for the sport, the Australian Open Women’s Team were featured on Channel Ten’s Sports Tonight program Sunday evening in an excellent piece on their record as arguably Australia’s most successful National Women’s sporting Team.The Aussie girls have won 45 World Cup games straight in a 19 year unblemished run in World Cup competition.A further piece on the Australian Men’s Open Team will be featured on Sports Tonight before all seven teams depart Australia’s shores bound for Stellenbosch, South Africa on January 13 2007.There will be media stories circulating in the lead-up to the World Cup on Australian representative players and Teams so keep your eyes peeled for World Cup stories around the nation in coming weeks.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say WATCH: Careful Sarri! Higuain cleans out Gattuso in AC Milan trainingby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea’s coaching staff better be careful if Gonzalo Higuain arrives from AC Milan.Milan training from yesterday shows Higuain taking out coach Gennaro Gattuso much to the delight of his team-mates preparing for the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.The famously volatile manager fortunately saw the funny side too as Higuain, who is looking to push through a move to Chelsea, slid in during a Rondo drill.Gattuso has admitted he expects Higuain to eventually leave for Chelsea this month.Incase you want a longer version. that var gesture from higuain tho. also noticed someone nutmeg on gattuso at the end lololol so funny. famiglia pic.twitter.com/XYSgXwnX0O— —uncommon (@toological424) January 14, 2019
LINCOLN, NE – NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Your Guinness world record didn’t last very long, Odell Beckham. The New York Giants’ wide receiver set a world record on Thursday, catching 33 of New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees’ passes in a minute with one hand on ESPN’s Super Bowl set in Scottsdale, Ariz. Iowa wide receiver Tevaun Smith one-upped the NFL star on Friday, snagging 41 passes using only one hand. .@TevaunSmith goes for @OBJ_3‘s one-handed catch world record and snags 41 in a minute! #GoHawks #Swarm2015 http://t.co/BnLBmRNutP— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) January 30, 2015Smith had two less catches in that one-minute video than he did during the entire 2014 season, during which he caught 43 passes for 596 yards and three touchdowns.