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This is what happens when a landscape photographer goes to NASCAR
Posted By: nomadkng, 03-05-2014, 10:09 PM

Max DoF and low ISO!

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Haha, great!



I do like the composition though

Will be at Super GT in April this year I guess, which should be my first Motorsports event since I got a DSLR... let's see if I fare any better
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Nicely done.

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Nice

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QuoteOriginally posted by wullemaha Quote
Haha, great!



I do like the composition though

Will be at Super GT in April this year I guess, which should be my first Motorsports event since I got a DSLR... let's see if I fare any better
This was actually a planned shot, I was curious to see how things would turn out. The title is a little self deprecating because the "real" shots didn't turn out as well as I had hoped.

I have gotten pretty comfortable shooting sports, birds and wildlife, so I thought doing NASCAR would be similar. Boy was I wrong. I used 1/500th of sec to try and shoot around f9 to compensate for Pentax's horrible focus tracking. Well it turns out in 1/500th of sec, these vehicles move 2-3 pixels! so most of my shots from the day were worthless even though everything was in focus....lol.

I mention this so that I can pass on this word of advice, 1/1000th of a sec or faster only for motor sports! I was wondering why the guys in the grey vests were all lugging around 300mm f2.8 lenses. It seemed like overkill. I now know why. However, it was a great learning experience that should help for the MOST important event of the year in August. I'll be travelling to Seattle for the first time in over 25 years for the Unlimited Hydroplane races (Seafair). I'll certainly be pushing the shutter speeds and hoping for lots of sunshine to keep the ISO down.

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Nice! Might be neat to go for an even slightly longer exposure to get a continuous line of colors where the cars are passing...
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QuoteOriginally posted by nomadkng Quote
it was a great learning experience
That's what real photography is often about, we can't be experts in all aspects, but hell we can give it a good go.
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Panning is essential for motorsports. All taken on my K200D.


F8 1/90 sec. 400 ISO with a DA-L 55-300mm



F8 1/400 sec. 640 ISO manually focused on the fly on a 75-300mm manual lens.



F11 1/160 SEC. ISO 500. Another manually focused on the fly



It just takes some practice.


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Holy cow! Nice panning!
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I do like the shot it gives a real feel of speed. As others have said panning from an angle is the way to go. None of the 2.8 lenses I have will focus fast enough to even keep up with my dogs, front on running shots are all pre-focused in manual and shot in high speed mode in good light at around 1/2000th sec.
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