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May 07, 2013 02:38 |  #1

Here are a few of my shots from Round 2 of the MotoGP Championship at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX.

The facility is HUGE and definitely a world class track. Unfortunately it is not that great for the spectator that likes to wander around take photos due to the double fencing. That being said, I had a great time hanging out with fellow racing fans that I usually see only once or twice a year at US MotoGP rounds.

With the exception of shot 6) and 8) of the first batch, all shots were through the fencing.

1) Rookie #93 Marc Marquez

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3) Local Texan Ben Spies riding injured, hard on the brakes into Turn 20
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5) Moto3 rider Luis Salom on his Red Bull KTM (sorry I couldn't identify the rider in front)
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7) 2006 MotoGP Champion #69 Nicky Hayden - notice the fencing cables and chainlink ghosting
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8) Couldn't resist taking a shot of this beautiful Yamaha Umbrella Girl.
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May 07, 2013 10:41 |  #2

Great shots. I enjoyed the weekend also.


And it is definitely a long-lens track for sure. 300+


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May 07, 2013 14:34 |  #3

JTX wrote in post #15906712 (external link)
Great shots. I enjoyed the weekend also.


And it is definitely a long-lens track for sure. 300+

Thanks JTX.

Yeah, I agree. If I had creds I would bring a 600mm, but without, I think I'd rather just enjoy the racing and the atmosphere.

Much fun to be had at the track...more fun at the vendor parties downtown Austin!




  
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May 07, 2013 17:13 |  #4

I think the other rider is Alex Rins


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May 07, 2013 17:31 |  #5

artyman wrote in post #15908194 (external link)
I think the other rider is Alex Rins

Yes, I think you are right. Thanks!




  
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May 07, 2013 19:21 |  #6

So how do that look so dang clear even thru the fence? We were at T15 just above fence line - I didn't want to get closer because I figured the fence would just screw up my shots.


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May 07, 2013 20:11 |  #7

330cic wrote in post #15908555 (external link)
So how do that look so dang clear even thru the fence? We were at T15 just above fence line - I didn't want to get closer because I figured the fence would just screw up my shots.

It's definitely tricky sometimes. Trust me, I had more than my normal amount of throw-aways over that weekend. For the majority of the shots through the fence you have to go to manual focus and "pre-focus" on the part of the track that you are trying to get the shot.

Since most of these are pans and the shutter speeds are relatively low, the fencing gets blurred to almost non-existent. However as you can see in pic 7) there is a ghosting effect of the chain link fencing.

I'd much rather shoot without the fencing in the way, but without media creds, you have to make do. I also didn't wander around on the outside of the track as much as I wanted to, so I'll have to do more exploring next time I'm out there.




  
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May 07, 2013 20:26 as a reply to  @ Jimil's post |  #8

Nice set of photos!


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May 07, 2013 23:37 |  #9

Through a fence or not, these are nice work!


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May 08, 2013 04:23 as a reply to  @ PhotosGuy's post |  #10

Thanks Jason and Frank!!




  
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May 10, 2013 20:35 |  #11

Jimil wrote in post #15908733 (external link)
It's definitely tricky sometimes. Trust me, I had more than my normal amount of throw-aways over that weekend. For the majority of the shots through the fence you have to go to manual focus and "pre-focus" on the part of the track that you are trying to get the shot.

Since most of these are pans and the shutter speeds are relatively low, the fencing gets blurred to almost non-existent. However as you can see in pic 7) there is a ghosting effect of the chain link fencing.

I'd much rather shoot without the fencing in the way, but without media creds, you have to make do. I also didn't wander around on the outside of the track as much as I wanted to, so I'll have to do more exploring next time I'm out there.

Cool - thanks for the info. As a newb I am trying to learn as much as I can out of those who seem to know what they are doing!


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May 10, 2013 21:03 |  #12

#8 is the best shot of the set :p


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May 10, 2013 23:27 |  #13

Very nice set!

I was hoping to make it down but as luck would have it.....I didn't have much. :D




  
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May 11, 2013 14:19 |  #14

nice set, #1 is best




  
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