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Old May 23, 2007, 3:55 AM   #11
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Thanks guys. I like the change that the bikes make.

Alex, with the angles that most of these at it is only the wheels that will have motion blur as there is no panning involved. When I shoot an event like this I like to give the competitors different options to purchase some side on with motion blur and others where they are front quarter so the motion is in the wheels. However personally I do like ones where there is clearly movement.
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Old May 23, 2007, 4:33 AM   #12
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Great shots once again Mark, nice to see some slow shutter speed pans this time (very nice job on them).

I agree with you regarding Alex's comments onmore movement. You have plenty of motion blur in your pans.Have to keep your shutter speeds up when shooting fast moving carscomingtowards the camera otherwise they will be out of focus. An example of this isMark's shots of the escort? hitting the tyre wall (1/80 secin these shots).
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Old May 24, 2007, 1:20 AM   #13
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You have some great captures here and kudos for hanging tough and keeping on with the shooting with that car coming right at you. If it were me, I would have bailed.

Like #13 best since I can see their faces quite clearly.

Great shooting.


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Great shots Mark, i love the crash photo -very brave!!!. i am having a shot at motorsport for the first time this weekend at the local track (knockhill) your info onshutter speeds will hopefully help me greatly and hope to have some pics worthy of showing . :-)


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Old May 25, 2007, 10:34 AM   #15
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Cool, hope you have a good time. If you have any other questions on settings etc please do ask away so you get the best chance of doing well tomorrow.
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Old May 26, 2007, 6:47 AM   #16
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thanks mark i am sure i will enjoy it! i have down loaded opanda and have been lookin at your shots so i will give it a go tomorrow
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Old May 26, 2007, 7:05 AM   #17
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Great, get out there and have a good time!

Not sure if I mentioned it else where but use either centre point focus or multipoint if you are filling the frame (which you should be). It's only the bikes that I used centre point for this time.

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Find a point on the car and stick on it as you pan.

Try some conservative settings to nail some sharp ones (1/320th will get movement in the wheels) and then go arty and drop the shutter speed down when you have a nice side on section (depending on the speed of the cars and the distance away from you try somewhere between 1/60th and 1/200th). When cars are coming towards you then go for 1/320th or 1/400th it they are at really high speed.

When panning don't change focal length just set on that works and use it for that section.

To add interest take some shots and an angle such as



Try and find shots that have an interesting background as well. The angle I got for shot 12 is a fave of mine as you have the track winding its way behind.

That should give you plenty to think about.
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Excellent Mark.
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Thanks Alex
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Great shots, and very nice sequence !!

Good job on capturing these pictures
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