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09-27-2023, 09:01 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Party time at NQ Burnouts
Lens: Pentax DA* 16-50mm Camera: Pentax K5 Photo Location: Cairns Speedway ISO: 80 Shutter Speed: 1/250s Aperture: F5.6 

Got this about a month ago at NQ burnout round 3, was lucky enough to get invited out to do the photos for them, and looking to do even more for them in a couple days for round 4.
Feedback would be great, this Photo is edited.

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Well, as you asked, there are a few distractions around the edge of the frame, the half person, the tip of the flag and person on the left, and maybe more a matter of taste, how much of the red barrier at bottom of the frame is included - too me the black road is a better base. Tyre smoke and action in the middle is great, I'd test a couple of different crops and see which one drives the eye into the action. Wondered where all the purple Commodores had gone :-D
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I agree with @Grimmus about the red barrier. I also wonder about putting the car off center to give more of a sense of motion.
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IT's sharp in all the right places, and colorful, but definitely could use a crop to put the emphasis on the car and the smoke
Get rid of the red barrier in the foreground, crop out the gap in the guardrails on the right, the light pole on the left, and a bit more off the top. I use a 16x9 for images like this, and if the crop leaves the car more in the right half of the frame, it implies motion.

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Speaking as a car guy I love it - especially the wild colors and that front tag "PARTY TIME". There's only one thing that bothers me about the shot: the tree growing out of the car. Something I'm great at doing is dispensing advice without following it myself. With that caveat out of the way, when setting up for events it's really important to compose the frame before the action comes so you can anticipate where the subject is going to be in relation to your composition. Get framed up and set the shutter to continuous mode in HI. As your subject starts to come in to view, let the shutter fly just a few moments before they're going to be in the sweet spot of what you want to capture. With our K-5's it's better to shoot old-school and use zone focusing: nearly anything from f4 ~ f11 will work, so long as you pre-focus the lens to where it needs to be and have an understanding of where the zone of focus starts and ends at the aperture you've selected. Practice this and you'll nail these kinds of shots every time and you'll nail it without needing to depend on AF-C. Side note: don't be afraid to bump the ISO up to 1600 to keep the shutter quick. Even 3200 cleans up well from the K-5 using Topaz or LrC's newest Denoise feature.

It's subjective and not right or wrong, but I personally love the color and bokeh-licious foreground to help place the image at the event and to fill the frame. I think with some foot work you could get the mountains situated a bit better to work with that dramatic and mountainous backdrop, and to also put some distance between the electrical tower and the tree trunk. Busy is fine as long as its not touching. Think about the composition in layers: background, middle-background, subject-area (your zone of focus), and foreground. Compose the shot from back-to-front, then wait for it. Hope this helps.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DoubleDerp Quote
Got this about a month ago at NQ burnout round 3, was lucky enough to get invited out to do the photos for them, and looking to do even more for them in a couple days for round 4.
Feedback would be great, this Photo is edited.
Fun event. I would crop this wide like a panoramic shot. Car, blacktop, and smoke!

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