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RadioControlGuy Jun 3, 2007 12:19 AM

I haven't shot radio control racing since last year. So I was a bit rusty. I decided to try some new techniques. Normally I prefer panning at around 1/200sec. This time however, I decided to up the shutter speed and freeze the action. Let me knwo if you have any critiques :)

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Reanimator Jun 3, 2007 4:01 AM

they are really good shots ;-)

hope the owners of the rc cars like them enough to buy some prints of you


Jeffonyourleft Jun 3, 2007 6:35 AM

Great shots! I hope the little 2 inch driver doesn't have too much of a headache after climbing out of the buggy (ha ha).

I too am curious if the owners of the cars purchase these images. I hope they do.


Mark1616 Jun 3, 2007 10:47 AM

Stunning work, I always love your RC shots!!! Are you still shooting with the 70-200mm f2.8, what focus point do you select? Any other suggestions on getting good RC car shots as I would like to give this a bash some time?

Your panning shots have always been great and I probably prefer them however these add a new dimension, especially the last one where the dirt and everything is just hanging there.

Nice!! :cool:

spy Jun 3, 2007 11:31 AM


RadioControlGuy Jun 4, 2007 11:34 AM

Thanks for the feedback guys. No one has bought a print from me yet, but maybe that's because I haven't offered any for sale yet lol. However, a race director just contacted me and wants me to be the :offical" photographer for his upcoming race...and he said he would pay me :)

Mark1616, for these RC shots I used center focus point with AI Servo. For the panning shots I vary between 1/125 and 1/200 depending on the speed of the car and the particular area of the track. For the other shots, I increased SS to around 1/1250.

Yea I am using the 70-200 F2.8. But in the past I used the F4 version with good results too. I think they are about equal for outdoor shooting.

My best tip would be to get as low as possible when shooting RC. I think that can improve an image very much.

If you take an RC shots, please post them...I would love to see other RC photography.

Mark1616 Jun 4, 2007 1:30 PM

Great, how low do you go btw, do you sit or lay on the ground?

I will see what is around here to shoot. I used to race RC cars when I was younger but my passion was always helis and aircraft.

Mark1616 Jun 4, 2007 1:32 PM

Oh, another question, if using centre point for the AF are you cropping to get the more interesting compositions? Nothing wrong if you are, just interested to know how you get such cool shots.

Boily Jun 4, 2007 2:55 PM

:cool:Great pictures !!

I love the details and good framing !

RadioControlGuy Jun 4, 2007 9:18 PM

I normally just sit down. Its too scary to lay down on my stomach. I fear a car will hit me on the head lol.

I also try to find elevation changes. I look for the low areas, and sit there. Then I focus my camera on the higher elevation area.

I would say that about 75% of my RC shots are cropped.

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