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30th of August 2009 (Sun), 16:49
Here are some random pictures from my first attempt at motorsports at the British Motogp this year, I appologise for the blur and loss of colour being caused by the fences this circuit is terrible for fences.
Had to edit on the laptop as my big computer blew up and I have not got around to setting it all up again after repair.
All shots taken with my 350D and 70-300mm lens, looking forward to getting to another race with my new 100-400mm IS USM L
I tried to keep the shutter speed low to get some motion in the moving parts and lost sharpness in the process but overall I am quite happy.
Some fairly heavily cropped to get closer to the action..
1st of September 2009 (Tue), 11:24
Hint taken, I will try harder next time...lol
1st of September 2009 (Tue), 15:09
I wouldn't be appologising for anything! A real nice selection of shots, love 3, 4, 7 and 8.
1st of September 2009 (Tue), 15:54
I am trying to figure that first image out, the front wheel looks to be soo vivid but the top of the rider almost looks like he is in a fog?
The only thing I would say, being far from anything of an expert, is you could probably speed up the shutter speed JUST a tick, you are obviously getting plenty of motion blur, but maybe at the expense of sharpness.
1st of September 2009 (Tue), 18:03
Thanks for the comments guy's I really apprieciate you taking time out of your day to have a look. :)
The fog on the first picture was actually caused by the perimeter fence around the circuit which to a certain extent effected all the shots I took, had a real good shot of Rossi giving the crowd a wheelie after qualifying on pole but the fence ruined the shot, I will post it when I get home. The AF struggled choosing between bikes and fences all weekend!
You right about the shutter speed chopper, being the first time with the camera at a race and not doing my homework meant I was unprepared and just experimented with speeds using the somewhat small screen on the 350D made it real hard to see what was sharp or not. kicked myself big time when I uploaded the pics.
Still it wouldn't be fun if we had nothing to learn and I'm really looking forward to getting to another race to have another go.
Thankyou again for the comments and advice :)
1st of September 2009 (Tue), 22:32
The Valention Rossi shot is my favorite. Nice set.
2nd of September 2009 (Wed), 02:00
Here is the one of Rossi which I mentioned that I wish had come out, the fence is more apparent than in the first picture..
Never mind though as I was quite happy with this one of Lorenzo.
2nd of September 2009 (Wed), 02:35
Nice pics, fences are our worst nightmare at times. May I suggest you do a bit of practice with the 100-400mm before you go to a race, just it's a bugger at times, loves lots of light. Play with the IS on and off, as it affects the AF speed a tad. I have one, and love it, but it sometimes takes a bit of work to get what I want :-) A common suggestion/practice is to play with normal cars on normal roads to see how it is for panning etc, so you don't mess up shots that you really want to keep.
2nd of September 2009 (Wed), 02:49
Good advice thanks Chris, I have only had one outing with the 100-400 at the moment and agree with what you say. I decided to practice with some kite surfers as they hang out a mile from my house and they change distance and direction lots which gives me a chance to practice with the push/pull zoom etc.
I noticed that the it did indeed require a huge amount of light but I really noticed the extra weight and the weather cocking in the wind.
Really looking forward to getting out again this week, think I will head out and play with the traffic...:)
2nd of September 2009 (Wed), 03:31
Excellent series! I love the photo with Rossi lofting (wheelie) the front wheel on his Yamaha.
2nd of September 2009 (Wed), 09:02
Love the Pramac Ducati shot ... the little details like exhaust heat haze etc really made me stop an look at it
2nd of September 2009 (Wed), 11:55
Thanks again for the comments and advice guys. it really is appreciated...:)
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