Author Topic: Prescott Hill Climb Championships 27/04/13  (Read 1211 times)

April 28, 2013, 12:22:44 AM
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I went over to the Prescott Hill Climb today as it was practice for the first round of the championship.

I mainly wanted to have a practice myself, with low shutter speeds.

The first time I went there about 2-3 years ago, the best I could work with was 1/300th of a second.
A year later I was a bit better and able to score pretty well with 1/160th.
This time I thought I'd try 1/60th for most of the day. Not too bad. I took 750 pictures and ended up with about 10% that I'm quite happy with. I even managed a couple of 1/20th shots but they were a bit more hit and miss.
Finished the day in the pit area trying some 16mm f2.8 pictures for a bit of variety.

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April 28, 2013, 06:00:41 AM
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I really like these Jeb. Well done. is this panning?
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April 28, 2013, 08:42:34 AM
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That's very good panning John.   Well done Kev.
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April 28, 2013, 10:23:28 AM
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Yep panning.
Just keep your finger on the shutter and follow the target. It's quite hard to learn and you lose a LOT of pictures because you weren't following the exact spot, but it's essential to convey movement. If you just shoot at 1/1000th of a second, the pictures are easy to take, but everything looks static. By lowering the shutter speed you impart more and more blur in to the background (and wheels). Usually 1/160th or 1/125th is enough to make things look fine but I decided to have a day trying something a bit different so I went for much lower shutter speeds to try and get serious amount of blur in. Took me about an hour to start getting my eye in. The pics to wards the middle and end of the day had a much better hit rate than the start. Also such low speeds mean you seem to only get a portion of the picture sharp. Maybe too little in hindsight, but that's what the learning process is all about. I think 1/80-100th is probably the ideal sweet spot.

So, for information, these were shot in Tv (shutter priority) mode, ISO 100, somewhere around F8-12, auto focus on the lens, AI servo focus on the camera and high speed continuous shutter.
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April 28, 2013, 10:32:56 AM
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April 28, 2013, 10:42:27 AM
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The secret to good panning, John, is not to stop once you've fired the shutter.   You must follow through.
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April 28, 2013, 11:30:27 AM
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nice set Kev

ah the joys of panning .. its all just practise
 
i tend to stand at an angle so the point i want the final
push on the button is in line(ish) with my left shoulder
then i start the pan once i reach the sweet spot i click
 
once i got the hang of it then i started to experiment more
but its all fun and trial n error
 
 
just my thoughts anyway but i must state no animals were hurt, killed or injured with me typing this

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April 28, 2013, 12:52:16 PM
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Nice pictures Roddy.

Yes it takes a lot of practice. You have to be prepared to throw lots of photos away but then hey, it's digital, so it doesn't cos you anything :)

As Bob says, following through the path of the image is very important. You need to click somewhere along the route but keep the movement going to make sure you get a smooth photograph.

I'm going to Silverstone for the F1 practice at the end of June...... need to splash out on a longer lens for that though.
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April 28, 2013, 01:02:18 PM
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You have too appreciate the advent of digital togging. Must have cost the film toggers a fortune and they couldn't retake the shot as they wouldn't know until they were developed whether they were any good. Must have been a lot of frustrated peeps, eh! Bob  :)

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You have too appreciate the advent of digital togging. Must have cost the film toggers a fortune and they couldn't retake the shot as they wouldn't know until they were developed whether they were any good. Must have been a lot of frustrated peeps, eh! Bob  :)
I was lucky in that respect Moz.   I learned to follow through with firearms and just used the same technique in photography.   But you're right as far as digital is concerned.   Take as many as you like at no cost.
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