A&P F1 race and shooting with a S2 IS .. need advice

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  1. crazykid

    crazykid New Member

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    So Im heading to the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend in Montreal QC. Im going armed with my Canon S2 IS - I know i should have a DSLR it would make it easier.

    Was wondering if anyone can help me with suggestions on what settings to use as a starting point for on track shots fo the cars. I have played around with M - mode before and kinda have a idea of what im doing.

    What shutter speeds and fsettings should I be looking at, and ISO aswell.

    The cars will be hitting 240+KMH in spots on the track. I wanna get some amazing shots for my office wall.

    Thanks a bunch.

    And I will post my results here when i get back after the race.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    to be honest, I've never tried panning with a P&S camera. If you have TV/shutter mode, you could probably shoot around 1/125 depending on the speeds that the cars will be going in the area you will shoot. The faster they go, the less need for a slower shutter. You can start at 1/250 and work to 1/125. If you're bored, practice on cars driving by on the highway and see the results before you go to the track.

    I try and keep my aperture at f/10-f/15 when I shoot at 1/100 (solo II autocross... 40-50 mph). This is usually ISO 400.
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    From the exif data I've seen F1 Photographers usually shoot at 1/200th and above, I've even seen as high as 1/100th and look good. But that was at silverstone.
     
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    BlackWRX02 OTs Cingular Guru

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    I shot 1/80th not knowing what I was doing last year at the USGP and still got some keepers with my shitty lens

    This year I'm going with my 70-200L and 400L :bowdown:
    Probably shoot like mentioned above
     
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    Thank you folks, this is the exact type of info im looking for.

    I wish I woulda bought a DSLR when I bought my S2, but I honestly didnt think I would enjoy photography as much as I do... so until I get a DSLR the S2 will have to owrk.

    I will post up some of the pics I get when I get back from Montreal.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    How did the pictures turn out? I too will be going to an F1 race (the USGP) armed with the same camera, and I'm a bit curious how the camera responded.
     
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    Sorry guys been working like mad since I got back, the pic turned out.. OK... It was tough catching the cars at 300km/h but luckily we had good seats where I culd get them exiting the hairpin, I havent had time to upload them.. and will soon, sorry.

    I would like some advice as its how im learning... Ill post pics soon.

    Did ya get some pics at the UGP??
     
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    BlackWRX02 OTs Cingular Guru

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    digging through all mine, I'll be sure to post them up though when I work through them all.

    the 400 I rented was a little heaver than I expected so some of the shots came out pretty bad since I wasn't used to the extra weight :o
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    which 400, the 2.8 or 5.6? The 5.6 is only like 2-3 lbs so I hope you're referring to the weight of the 2.8 (10-11 lbs)
     
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    All the pics are untouched, only resized by photobucket.

    Shot with a Canon S2IS in the Tv mode... and varied the shutter speed trying diffrent things. I think most of them I shot around 1/400 and 1/250

    please let me know where i can improve.

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    a lil contrast bump wouldnt hurt.
    and why did you feel the need to tilt the camera :ugh:
     
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    casue there was someone in front of me standing up in the that pic... so i tilted enough to not catch them in the corner of my shot.
     
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    thanks.. i know its a gay shot...

    here is a bit better on...

    i hope

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    anohter one....

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    again, these are just raw off my camera, not photoshop nothing... so please take it easy on me.. I can see where sharpness adjustment would do it good.

    Maybe a bit of a adjustment in the contrast and color too.. it was so hard with all the sun, and the bright bleachers ( aluminum )

    An to be honest, this was a first for me.. never really tried to shoot cars moving liek that before.

    and the last one

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    I wasnt laughing at your photography, rather at the caption scirio added to his edit of your photo :wavey:
     
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    crazykid New Member

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    I know... i didnt take it as that... I was being sarcastic aswell.. forgot the little smiley dude... hehehe.

    I noticed the caption.. and its funny.:wiggle::wavey::wavey:
     
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    i made a funny:wiggle:
     

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