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Old Jan 26, 2005, 3:20 PM   #1
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This is actually an old picture, but it demonstrates how I typically use the shutter and aperature. This was taken at a nostalgia drage race that is a part of the Good Guys Pacific Northwest Nationals. The Good Guys are a group that puts on huge cars show throughout the USA. These show typically draw from 1,000-2,000 cars. Part of their schedule is to hold nostalgia drag racing, at certain events.

The race herestarts Friday afternoon and runs into the night. So as this event went on the lighting changed from cloudy to dark. It was a challenge for me to keep the shutter speed fast enough, while getting the exposure correct. My solution was to open up the aperature through the aperature priority mode. I was using a Nikon CP5000 with the Nikon 2x multiplier lense so that further limited what I was able to do. (The lense only opens the aperature up to 4.8.)

Wait For Me is blurred do to me panning with Bad Habit. At this point in the race the difference in speed was enough to give this effect.

Following Ferny's lead here are the settings I used

Make - Nikon
Model - CoolPix 5000
ExposureTime - 1/145.3 seconds
FNumber - 4.8
ExposureMode - Aperture priority
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
MeteringMode - Center Weighted
Post Processing involved increasing the brightness and contast, as well as sharpening.

I am open to any comments/critiques. This is not my best work around the drag strip. I normally set the shutter priority to 1/1000 and let the aperature figure itself out. I felt this one fits this challenge nicely due to lack of light forcing me to leave my comfort zone.
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 3:47 AM   #2
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Very nice pan estill. And thanks for all the info.

I noticed you used iso 100, how comes you had it so low? I know nothing about the camera so don't know if noise is an issue.
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Old Jan 27, 2005, 9:51 AM   #3
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Noise is a big issue with the CP 5000. ISO 200 is OK, but with 400 or 800 I have to turn on the noise reduction. Once the noise reduction is on it takes forever for a picture to process before I can take another one. Not to mention it drains the batteries quickly.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"I realize that taking this camera to the track is pushing it to it's limits, but it is fun. When I get a picture like the one above it makes it even more rewarding. I recently became friends with another guy who takes trackside photos. I'm hoping that he can get me trackside for some of these smaller events. My picture was taken from the grandstands, and I have cropped out quite a bit.
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Old Jan 29, 2005, 11:32 AM   #4
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very nice panning there man!

i've never gotten a chance to play around with that yet!

you could probably use a slower shutter speed...to blur the background more..

nice work there!


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