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MotoGP Racing at Summit Point - 4-5 July 09
Posted By: MRRiley, 07-13-2009, 04:06 PM

Finally managed to sort thru the roughly 2300 photos from the MotoGP races at Summit Point Motorsports Park on the 4th and 5th of July.

These are just a small sample of the shots... All shot with the K10D and the BIGMA...

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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
#16 (in fact all of the shots) are straight out of the camera. And, yeah, I over shot him by a smidge, but it still worked out for a nice shot.
Nothing wrong with that... I have plenty of those myself

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The 80-200mm combined with a 1.4 TC should work nicely. I find that most of my panning shots are done between 200-300mm (depends on how close I am to the track of course). You MAY find yourself wishing for something wider though if there is a shootout going on thru a corner. I often find myself at 50mm in order to get both bikes in the frame.
I guess I'll have to try it out with the 80-200mm and 1.4x TC and see how it goes. Worst case I'll have to get a Bigma - hopefully what I get for my Viv S1 105mm will go most of the way towards a used copy (unless anyone wants to trade? ).

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I typically run between 25-50% keepers (depends on the corner and how tired I
am). A large part of this is picking a good corner where the speeds are sonsitent. Don't position yourself at a corner entrance or exit as the speeds change too quickly and will make panning much harder.
Nice to know I'm not too far off. I think my biggest reason for missing shots has been that I have not been good enough at following through the shutter click. I tend to stop the panning at the same time I hit the shutter which means I start slowing down even before getting the shot.

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And finally, NO, with my K10D, AF is pretty much useless... for my shooting style anyway. I prefocus on the apex of the turn, try to adjust for the spot in space where the rider's head will be and then select a rider and follow him into the turn and hit the shutter just before he reaches my mark (to allow for old slow trigger reflexes). My fingers are usually on the zoom ring ready to fine tune the framing if necessary. I'm hoping the AF proves more useful though with my new K20D.
That's exactly what I have been doing (out of necessity). I just got a k20d, so let me know if AF is fast enough. Even if the 80-200mm works when it comes to focal length, I sure would like being able to get more than one shot of a rider through the corner.

I might be going up to VIR in the beginning of next month. Have you ever shot there? If so, any hints/suggestions for good spots?

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Nice to know I'm not too far off. I think my biggest reason for missing shots has been that I have not been good enough at following through the shutter click. I tend to stop the panning at the same time I hit the shutter which means I start slowing down even before getting the shot.
Thats one of the best things about a big, long, heavy lens. it practically makes you follow through...

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That's exactly what I have been doing (out of necessity). I just got a k20d, so let me know if AF is fast enough. Even if the 80-200mm works when it comes to focal length, I sure would like being able to get more than one shot of a rider through the corner.
Will do... The next MotoGP race I have a chance to shoot is at Summit Point on 28-30 Aug. I will be doing the AMA Pro Nationals Motocross at Budds Creek in MD on 22 Aug and the Capital Criterium (Bicycles) on the 23rd.

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I might be going up to VIR in the beginning of next month. Have you ever shot there? If so, any hints/suggestions for good spots?
I've not shot at VIR yet but I am hoping to get down there for the races on Sep 19-20.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MRRiley Quote
#16 (in fact all of the shots) are straight out of the camera. And, yeah, I over shot him by a smidge, but it still worked out for a nice shot.

The 80-200mm combined with a 1.4 TC should work nicely. I find that most of my panning shots are done between 200-300mm (depends on how close I am to the track of course). You MAY find yourself wishing for something wider though if there is a shootout going on thru a corner. I often find myself at 50mm in order to get both bikes in the frame.

I typically run between 25-50% keepers (depends on the corner and how tired I am). A large part of this is picking a good corner where the speeds are sonsitent. Don't position yourself at a corner entrance or exit as the speeds change too quickly and will make panning much harder.

And finally, NO, with my K10D, AF is pretty much useless... for my shooting style anyway. I prefocus on the apex of the turn, try to adjust for the spot in space where the rider's head will be and then select a rider and follow him into the turn and hit the shutter just before he reaches my mark (to allow for old slow trigger reflexes). My fingers are usually on the zoom ring ready to fine tune the framing if necessary. I'm hoping the AF proves more useful though with my new K20D.
Great tips, and superb shots
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I would have been proud to have taken No 8, well done Mike a great set of images.

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Thanks guys. Glad you liked the shots....

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Stunning series! I really like the first two! Number 17 is so expressive!
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Mike...Very impressive shots....you have mastered that technique to a T.......wow 2300 shots to go thru that is a lot shots never mind the time it takes for you to do that....but seeing these gems I bet it makes all worth while....
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wow, great shots!!...Glad to hear that girl was ok after the crash....it's always good when everyone goes home!

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Some of your best work Mike. JIM
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Stunning series! I really like the first two! Number 17 is so expressive!
Thanks Georg. Yeah, he hammed it up pretty good.

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Mike...Very impressive shots....you have mastered that technique to a T.......wow 2300 shots to go thru that is a lot shots never mind the time it takes for you to do that....but seeing these gems I bet it makes all worth while....
Thanks Charlie. Yeah its a lot of shots and lord knows I was worn out from carrying around 6+ lbs of K10D and BIGMA for about 6 hours each day. Like you said though... Its worth it!

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wow, great shots!!...Glad to hear that girl was ok after the crash....it's always good when everyone goes home!
Thanks Christopher, Yeah... She was back racing on a backup bike the next day.

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Some of your best work Mike. JIM
Thanks Jim. Glad you liked them. I certainly enjoy shooting them!

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Hey Mike, glad you're back out there makin' a living - instead of traipsing around Blackwater!!

Great shots - just looking at them I knew you used to ride - your positioning was just right!!
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This is amazing work, Mike! Excellent series, and I love the first couple of tight shots where you panned along - something I have a hard time doing with my daughter on a regular bicycle.
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