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Racing photo ?'s
« on: April 29, 2008, 04:37:21 PM »
I am heading down to the Nascar race this weekend, and I usually never take my camera in fear of breaking, losing it.  But I think this weekend I am going to take it and try to get some photos.  The race is a night race starting around dawn and then under the lights, now I wanted to get a few tips on getting some good shots.  I will be using my 5D and my new Tamron 75-300mm f/4-5.6.

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 09:33:05 PM »
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Night race starting at dawn?? Reckon you will have to wind up the iso to at least 1600.White balance under the lights will be an issue so might be worth shooting raw? Meter off a mid tone and lock it.centre focus mode and Pan with the cars as they pass.Shot some cars in the day time and a shutter speed of 125 th of a sec or just above captures them well with some movement from the wheels any thing higher dose nt convey a sense of speed but could be a proplem in bad light. Good luck.

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 11:11:46 PM »
I am sorry, I meant to say dusk.  I appreciate the tips, I hope to get some good shots to hang in my office so we shall see how it goes.  I have never tried shooting cars moving that fast.

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 12:51:21 PM »
A few Ideas eg
get a monopod.

try a few different standard settings-
F/8 1/90th-125th (iso to match those settings) for panning shots (moving the lens with the movement of the race), shoot 2 eyed i.e. 1 eye through the camera and 1 eye on the action .....

open F/ and highest noiseless iso to freeze the action on the spot (get your shutter as fast as you can)...

Prefocus on one spot (where the cars arent to fast, corner etc) and shoot them when they came past. this works well when they are coming straight at you

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 01:03:26 PM »
Great thank you for the tips, I will post up my results next week.  Hopefully they are worth posting!

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 01:22:11 PM »
the most impostant thing to do is to have fun ......
dont stress it to much .. as I dont think your lens and camera combination will be the fastest focusing so you will have to work a lot with pre-focusing on a spot .
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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2008, 09:26:30 AM »
so how was it .......

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2008, 12:25:32 AM »
It was great I got some good shots.  I shot everything in RAW so I have to edit them and then I post some up.   I took almost 200 pics and I think I might have 75 worth keeping so thats not to bad.  I will post up some as soon as I can.

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2008, 12:29:07 AM »
75 keepers out of 200 is very good

can't wait to see them :)


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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2008, 05:21:18 PM »
Ok well here are some of the photos I took. Be kind it was my first time trying to watch a race and get some pics in also.  I think some of them turned out pretty good for being 40 rows up and trying to shoot through the fence.  The fence was a challenge because the lens kept trying to focus on it.

Friday nights race:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Navy_10.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Navy_12.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Richmond_8.jpg

Saturday Night:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Richmond_14.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Richmond_15.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Richmond_17.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Jr_14.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Jr_21.jpg

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2008, 05:28:43 PM »
A few more.

Blue Angels Fly over (They are hard to get when that close to you!):


Jr.:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Jr_13.jpg

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Jr_10.jpg

Me before the race Saturday:
http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f228/bad03xtreme/richmond%2008/Me.jpg

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2008, 10:47:30 PM »
Hi
Not bad.Shame about the fence but still pretty good.Let us know what settings you used.

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Re: Racing photo ?'s
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2008, 08:15:49 AM »
i should have mentioned the fence .... we don't need safety at motor sports we want to take great photos instead :)