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Offline kendo

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"mountain biking" shots...help?????
« on: November 29, 2009, 01:50:28 PM »
Hi,

Wondering if anyone out there could possibly give me any hints and/or tips on techniques for taking action shots of mountain bikes?

The equipment I have to hand:
Sony a200 with kit lens (18-70mm)
Sony 50mm 1.8 portrait lens
Tamron 90mm 2.8 Macro lens.
Tamron 70-300mm
Flash gun
Manfrotto tripod

My fiance is really into mountain biking and is keen for me to snap some action shots of him coming down the trail.

I don't have the foggiest idea about the best way to do this but I'm willing to try!!

I would be grateful for ANY advice anyone may have on this

Settings/shutter speed/aperture/iso and lens recommendations all welcome!!!

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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2009, 05:15:07 PM »
There are several ways of doing this.
You can pre-focus on an area (particular tree,rock etc) and set your camera either to A priority or S priority (depending on whether you want frozen images, or some with motion to them) and just before she enters the 'zone' start firing away.
If you have the sony flash you can place this in position to give an added dimension to the images and is great if light is poor.

Pan as she comes down the mountian/track and just keep firing away as she comes down, focussing on her body with an appeture of f/8 if light allows, then that should give you a good dof and sharp images.

Id either go with the 50 to get some close wide angle images or the 70-300.
The tamron 90 will be too slow focussing id imagine.

Let us know how you get on and show us some images.


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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2009, 06:33:36 PM »
Is the flash wireless?

Try setting the flash up on the tripod and use it wirelessly.  Put it near the trail, zoomed wide or with a diffuser, pointed at the pre-focussed area.  Pan and track him down the trail and shoot as he rides into the trap.

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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2009, 08:39:13 PM »
Have to agree with Rob - would only add not to be afraid of increasing the iso. If you can get close enough to fill the frame with th 50mm I'd pan with that. Set the focusing to continuous
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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2009, 09:56:34 PM »
I think the best shots I would get would be late afternoon (good warm light), and posing on or with the bike. Or else slow moving navigating what obviously looks like a tricky obstacle. I'd get only a couple of obligatory "coming down the hill fast shots", but get more of her close up in a very portrait like look. Otherwise, there's some great shots on Photo.Net; have a look at them for some unique ideas. Then, have fun.
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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2009, 10:25:40 PM »
Not much for me to add to the above except....please post your efforts....john
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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2009, 08:36:59 AM »
Have a look at these photos. all mtb shoots, some very good. There a bit of a info on how he took them.
http://www.talkphotography.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=179242
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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2009, 04:40:41 PM »
Thanks everyone - exactly what I was looking for!!  If this "lovely" scottish weather ever lets up I'll be sure to get out, try the shots and post them :)
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Re: "mountain biking" shots...help?????
« Reply #8 on: December 25, 2009, 05:29:08 AM »
Those are nice shots. It seems to me that the photographer probably used two off-camera hotshoe flashes triggered remotely. I guess the shutter speeds would have been about 1/125 to 1/160, varying f-stops (from maybe f3.5 to f8), and probably iso100 to 200. He's probably planned the "trap zone" pretty well. That means, he has (or she) worked out where the best compositions would be, then the best placement of the flashes, and probably experimented a bit, too. Seems like a fun challenge. :D
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