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Old Mar 19, 2008, 9:11 PM   #1
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I finally finished culling my shots from the 12 Hours of Sebring race. If you are a race fan, this was a particularly good race. Porsche broke Audi's eight year streak and it was the first time in twenty five years that a P2 (second tier, there are three tiers of cars racing at the same time for the 12 hour race) car took the overall victory. This year was supposed to be a duel of the turbo charged diesels as Peugot sent their car to duel the two Audis for its only American appearance but mechanical failures kept both teams out of the winners circle. Heck, I don't even follow racing and I was getting excited :-)!

As far as photography goes, I only deployed two lenses, the Tamron 180mm SP f/2.5 and the Vivitar 135mm f/2.8 that Crashman/Peacemaker/Al was kind enough to sell me. Both lenses acquitted themselves well mounted on the K10 and my partner on Saturday took some shots with the K100 and enjoyed using the camera as well. 1421 frames were culled down to just under 400 and these were some of my favorites. I did throw up a web album that you can see here if you are interested:
http://www.photos.thelethbridges.net...008/index.html Apparently JAlbum strips the exif but if you look at the photo on the website the exif info is displayed below.

These photos are from the qualifying runs and smaller races held on Friday as well as the main 12 Hour race on Saturday.

Thanks for looking and, as always, constructive criticism is always appreciated,

From the classic race:

This car was so fast on the straightaways I hard the hardest time panning with it:

Lost the crown:

This shot is not cropped:

Duelling Mustangs:

The winner:

And, as usual, the Canon shooters kept getting in the way!

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Old Mar 19, 2008, 9:30 PM   #2
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I love the last one, the irony of guy looking a this camera while a great shot goes past is very good. With him out of focus it also s****t he is out of touch with the event He frames the Ferrari nicely too.

Of course Ferraris do look good.

The couple of the Mustangs could have done with a slower shutter speed as there is not the representation of speed you achieved so well in all the other examples.
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Old Mar 19, 2008, 9:30 PM   #3
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Wow, very well done. The old Mustangs bring back memories!

I caught a bit of the race on the tube and that Peugeot was really a rocket when it ran. Good panning technique!

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Old Mar 20, 2008, 1:44 AM   #4
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Great color, feeling of speed and each one clear and sharp. Your definately have a knack for this sort of thing. Very fun to look at!

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Old Mar 20, 2008, 2:33 AM   #5
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Hi Tim,

The cameras and lenses obviously did their jobs, but the photographer supplied the magic. These are very close to flawless in execution as far as I can see. . .

I really like the C shooter! :-)

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Excellent shots Tim!

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Old Mar 20, 2008, 7:07 PM   #7
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Thanks Dennis, Phil, Scott, Glen, and Fred. It was a lot of fun and I got more keepers (percentage wise) than I did last year. The K10s buffer was a huge advantage too. You are right Phil, and I like the panning shots better also. I found it difficult to get the cars heading towards me at the low shutter speeds with the manual focus lens. It seemed to require changing the focus with the car rather than panning with the car and I just could not get most of them. Thanks again for looking ya'll,

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Old Mar 20, 2008, 8:21 PM   #8
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Excellent action capture, well done.
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Old Mar 20, 2008, 8:45 PM   #9
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Very nice sharpness, color and contrast in all of the shots, what more can I say?

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Old Mar 21, 2008, 6:38 AM   #10
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Outstanding! You are the master of panning!

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