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Old Jul 24, 2007, 10:01 PM   #11
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From that distance, a fill flash wouldn`t work, unless it was set with a cable. If you could get like 25~30 feet away it might. There used to bea local stock car track near me and the track photographer used to get about that close to the cars while they were in the turn. Yes, he did sign a insurance liability release.
yeah!! i'm not getting that close to those guys!! hahahahahahahaha

i love sports photography, but i refuse to risk my life!!! hahahahahahaha

thanks!! tcav
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Old Aug 3, 2007, 3:28 AM   #12
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Good work John you've done well especially at the extreme!

As for the flash idea it will depend on the event,some motorsports won't allow flash photography, however when shooting Motocross most of the pros will use flash as when the riders are jumping you are shooting up and the flash fills shadows and stops the sky being blown out.

The only problem with track pics are there is rarely anything interesting in the background to make the blur as obvious.

25-30 feet...... that's miles away!!!! Try 10 feet at about 90+mph! This is not the greatest pic but it's one that shows where I was in relation to the edge of the track :?


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Old Aug 11, 2007, 9:12 AM   #13
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hi mark,

thank you! sorry i didn't write back sooner, i have been in dallas, and i just got back and started a new job. photography with a local business, and taking school pics of the kids and teachers. i am actually having a blast and learing about lighting!! i hope alli well!! thanks again! john
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John that's fantastic, congratulations!!

So you are talking about studio flash lighting here such as Bowens and Elinchrom? If that is the case I will need to be taking advice from you on that as this is something I'm trying to learn as I hope it will make up part of my career in the future.
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hi mark,

yes, we go the schools with our setup, background, lights, umbrellas, cameras cannon 10d, laptops with thier own program, and ID printers, man and we just blow throught about 200 teachers kids in a half a day. it is great, we usually bring 2-4 setups depending on how many folks will get their pics taken! it takes about 10-15 minutes to setup the rig and ready to shoot!!

facing the subject,

the flash is to my right, the fill light is on the left, the subject sits facing the flash,

the camera is about half way between, the subject faces the camera, and snap.

then you capture the image directly from the camera and print the ID. takes all of about 1-2 minutes per subject. i have never had so much fun and learning!!

we shoot shutter 125, aperture 10, iso 200, and we use a target to set the exposure its a mesh board with a blach, grey, and white stripe. and then check the histogram, and we are ready to go for the day! kind of long winded sorry! have a great weekend, john
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