A slow car in the Indianapolis 500 runs at 200 miles per hour. You're likely to be disappointed if you don't move the camera to track a subject.You'll probably need some time to get used to the speeds. Sustained speeds are so high and distances so long that standard advice and techniques won't work.
Typical image of an Indianapolis 500 car in action at one of the slower parts of the track: Note the amount of motion blur at 1/500, a shutter speed that might stop motion for slower cars.
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Focal Length: 249.0mm
Exposure Time: 0.0020 s (1/500)
ISO equiv: 100
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Partial
Exposure: shutter priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: No (enforced)
Color Space: sRGB
More important than panning or focus modes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is to find a location from a grand stand or a public spectator area where the impact of one of the ever present fences can be minimized.There are only a few of those, and they require a 400mm-500mm lens. The sample image was taken through one of the newer of the track's fences, at the north short chute.
Roxie2401 wrote in post #14470559
Never used AI Servo and am going to the Indy500 this week. Would this be the place to use that mode? Do I pan the camera or keep it stationary?
Probably not the time to experiment with Back Button Focus at the same time - but would appreciate any advice on "One Shot" vs. "AI Servo" and also multiple frames per second on moving race cars, etc.