Local Motocross pics for C & C

Discussion in 'Sports' started by scott_thompson|17, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. Random racers that I shot Fri at a local race. C & C welcomed [​IMG]

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  2. Nice action capture, tight crops. A slower shutter speed, to get the spokes to blurr, helps add the sense of motion, and not like they are just hanging in 'space'. This will make your 'panning talent' even more important.

    Exposure wise - #1 a bit dark, #2 too bright and #3 looks pretty good/even. Tell us what your camera settings were for each.

    Steve
     
  3. Settings=

    #1)
    Shooting Date/Time
    7/25/2008 16:27:35
    Tv(Shutter Speed)
    1/1000Sec.
    Av(Aperture Value)
    F14
    Metering Modes
    Spot
    Exposure Compensation
    -1/3
    ISO Speed
    400
    Lens
    EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
    Focal Length
    240.0 mm
    Image size
    4272 x 2848
    Image Quality
    Fine
    Flash
    Off
    White Balance
    Cloudy
    AF mode
    Manual (MF)
    Picture Style
    Standard

    #2)
    Shooting Date/Time
    7/25/2008 18:09:23
    Tv(Shutter Speed)
    1/1000Sec.
    Av(Aperture Value)
    F5.6
    Metering Modes
    Centerweighted average metering
    Exposure Compensation
    0
    ISO Speed
    400
    Lens
    EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
    Focal Length
    135.0 mm
    Image size
    4272 x 2848
    Image Quality
    Fine
    Flash
    Off
    White Balance
    Daylight
    AF mode
    AI focus AF
    Picture Style
    Standard

    3)
    Shooting Date/Time
    7/25/2008 18:09:23
    Tv(Shutter Speed)
    1/1000Sec.
    Av(Aperture Value)
    F5.6
    Metering Modes
    Centerweighted average metering
    Exposure Compensation
    0
    ISO Speed
    400
    Lens
    EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
    Focal Length
    135.0 mm
    Image size
    4272 x 2848
    Image Quality
    Fine
    Flash
    Off
    White Balance
    Daylight
    AF mode
    AI focus AF
    Picture Style
    Standard

    Thanks for the C & C Steve
     
  4. Nice shots, I agree about the first one being to dark. I shoot lots of auto racing and find that shutter speeds of 1/500 to 1/800 depending on lighting will give you some nice wheel blur and some background blur for a nice sense of motion. I have the 70-300 IS, it's a great lens, it works well for moving subjects but you might consider the 70-200 F4L as the AF is far superior to the 70-300 and will give you way more keepers. Here is an example shot with the L lens at Mid Ohio 2 weeks ago.
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  5. Scott, be carefull with what Steve said. Yes a slower shutter speed makes for better action shots "In most Cases"
    like Richard's shot. But, I do alot of motocross and you need to have a slightly elevated shutter speed because dirt
    bikes are bouncing/swirving and just moving all around. The slow shutter speed panning technique doesnt work for
    the whole race. Due to turns, whoops, elevation changes. Better to use more shutter speed than to risk losing the
    shot all together because you tried to run
    too slow.

    For motocross, you have the dirt trail/roost to provide a since of action. Jump shots its obvious whats going on when
    they are 20 feet off the ground.

    But for AMA Super Bike, I run slow SS and pan as Scott said. Just my 2 cents.

    Here's an example of some of mine.

    http://www.amberbrookephotography.com/Noahs%20Motocross/
     
  6. Look at photo 16 as an example. When you look at it, you get what's going on, but the spokes and everything are
    frozen. You couldn't have panned this shot with slow shutter speed because he's coming at me and to my right at a
    high rate of speed. I would have ruined that shot had I not shot it fast.

    It was coming from my right, but towards me, sliding sideways, going down hill, and back to my right. Just virtually
    impossible to nail with 1/200th or so trying to pan. Better to insure the shot as it still looks pretty cool, than to miss
    it all together. Save the panning technique for those L/R or R/L straight away shots and then drag the shutter. Those
    are awesome.
     
  7. Thanks for the comments David. Your shots on your site are fantastic. As for panning shots in motocross pics, I
    agree with you and it's not all that beneficialto blurr spokes. I have been shooting MX for 3 years now, It's just that I
    have recently found this site and started to post pics and ask questions.

    I am always open to suggestions and comments on my shots though.

    Here's my link: www.mx-actionshots.photoreflect.com

    Scott
     

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