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In Protest (Fencing at the London 2012 Olympics) by Sarahorsomeone In Protest (Fencing at the London 2012 Olympics) by Sarahorsomeone
Korean fencer Shin A Lam cries silently on the piste while she awaits the results of 1 hour 'sit-in' protest/appeal against a referee decision which cost her the chance to compete for a Olympic gold medal in the Women's Individual Epee.

Taken at the fencing arena in the ExCel centre during the London 2012 Olympics. I ended up with the most amazing front-row centre seats after being moved from cheaper ones into some ones that had been left empty, it was a great experience.

EDIT: I've altered the framing a little.
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peterohara Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Congrats on the DD! Great work!
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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peterohara Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Your welcome!
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BDHenderson Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Photographer
Captures the mood so very well.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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LaughButts Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
;~; Poor girl. Excuse me for asking, but I am not too intuned with the Olympics. Was it an unfair decision to not get her that metal, or was she crying because she actually did something wrong? 
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it was all a bit complicated.

In fencing, if they draw after the three three minute rounds are finished, a fourth 'sudden death' type round of one minute is used (generally called a 'priority minute'). One of the two fencers is randomly given 'priority'. If either fencer makes a hit during that time, they will win. However, if nobody makes a hit, the fencer with priority wins. In epee, during the priority minute, if both fencers hit each other at the same time, it doesn't count.

As far as I remember, in this case, it went to the priority minute and Shin A Lam (the fencer in the photograph) was given priority. It got to the last second of the priority minute and Shin A Lam and her opponent (Britta Heidemann) kept hitting each other at the same time repeatedly. They were hitting each other so quickly after the referee called "allez" (effectively saying they could go) that the time-keeper wasn't ever managing to start the clock. So effectively it just kept on one second for several hits before eventually Britta Heidemann managed to score and win. On the one hand, Britta Heidemann managed to score a hit when Shin A Lam didn't, on the other hand, the priority 'minute' ended up lasting more than a minute and so you could argue that (having priority) Shin A Lam should have won.
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ASeriousMatter Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Beautiful shot. Thank you for the description; it really adds a level of depth to the image I might not have otherwise discovered.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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stan5757 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I think you did a great job with this photo and the title with it really brings it home to your emotions, At least with mine, It says a lot without shouting a word.
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SleepyTea Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I was there too, unfortunately not as close to the front. Very intense atmosphere though as emotions were running high and I remember a group sitting next to me raging a lot.
Wonderful framing and captured the moment incredibly well although a little unsure of the green quality of the image. Was it originally black and white? Looks like a black and white negative put in a colour enlarger and printed on colour paper.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a digital colour image which has been converted to black and white and then split-toned (the darks have a blue caste and the lights a yellow caste).
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H8BTalways Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
foiled again, Great capture
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Except this was epee and not foil ;-).
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H8BTalways Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
yeah, but I couldn't work one of my terrible puns around epee! I'm a hand and a half man myself
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3effephotos Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just great!
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Subaru--Sama Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome photo :D
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Fencing is too fast for me to follow, and in any case I saw none of it, but I had to favour this square format black and white classic. A really well taken photograph about something real.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.

Fencing can be very hard to follow... I fence but I find it difficult to follow when watching other people do it. Somehow it's easier to follow when you're doing it yourself as you - hopefully - know what you're doing and you can watch - and feel  - what your opponent is doing. It's harder when watching as you are trying to watch two things moving very fast at once!
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
It looks nothing like Errol Flynne confronting Basil Rathbone or whoever in the movies, that's for sure
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Kebeca1690 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
fantastic shot...
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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Cassy-Blue Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014   General Artist
Love it as a fencer. Lovely lighting and everything.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. Lighting was as it was in the Excel centre, I can't take any credit for it!
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robson666 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist
great shot, congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation Clap
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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samuelbin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
unforgettable moments
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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NotBambi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this well. Terribly cold of them to make her do this.
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anime1999 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what a tremendous art i love it
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J-Shudo Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Photographer
This is what I love and hate about the Olympics. My compliments on this shot of capturing the moment. My heart goes out the Olympian that worked so hard to get where she got only to be screwed over by the IOC. I'm really having Olympics withdrawals right now.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm also having Olympics withdrawals, though the Paralympics are starting soon and I have some tickets to that too. :la:

I don't think the IOC had much to do with 'screwing' anyone over to be honest; these decisions are, on the whole, controlled by the individual federations 'in charge' of each sport (in this case the FIE).

(As you may or may not know) in fencing if a match goes over to 1 minute extra-time (as it did), one of the fencers is randomly assigned priority and if neither fencer manages to score in that time the fencer with priority will win, effectively on the basis of the toss of a coin. Shin Lam was given that priority. On the one hand, the 1 minute of extra-time went on a few seconds too long because of timing problems (without which Shin Lam would have won), but on the other hand Britta Heideman managed to score in that time when Shin Lam did not. If Shin Lam had won it would have only been on the basis of that priority ruling.

It was an impossible decision to make really; I know the media on the whole are siding with Shin Lam (no doubt because of all the heart-wrenching photographs of her in tears all over the internet), but whatever the refs or FIE had decided would have been unfair on one or the other. What was bad was that the situation that occured (with the timing) could occur in the first place, and the way the whole thing was handled generally in regard to the welfare of both athletes; I can't say I really have a 'side' in the Shin Lam vs Britta Heideman argument. If the match had been the final I would have given them both a gold medal if it was up to me (but sadly, being a semi-final SOMEONE had to win to determine who fought who in the next matches).
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J-Shudo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student Photographer
Well said.
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Photographer
Great shot! I saw this on TV. It was pretty weird, very unusual and not what I learnt as "fencing"!
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lightdrafter Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:hug:
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coldfire323 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Sad day for fencers.
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it was a sad day for Shin Lam; but on the other side of the coin it was a good day for the three women who did get medals. Apparently the FIE is thinking of changing the timing system to avoid a repeat of the incident, and Shin Lam has been offered a 'special medal'.
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coldfire323 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
She refused the medal, and I say good for her for that.
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lau1 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
Very good shot of a defining moment
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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1pen Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very nice poignant shot. :)
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Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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