A&P san jose gran prix

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  1. Paul Revere

    Paul Revere OT Supporter

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    im going to the san jose gran prix on sunday and was wondering if anyone has any tips for me :x: its going to by my first time shooting cars (so i dont have much experience with panning/tracking/whatever).

    i have a rebel XT with a 10-22, 28-75 and 50mm. no external flash (yet) :hs:

    suggestions for a race photography noob?
     
  2. Hippy

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    follow through, position on the track is key.
     
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    Go practice panning on cars driving outside your house. Being able to do decent panning when you get there > having to figure it out on the spot.
    Shoot at the highest framerate your camera will allow. Pick a good shutter speed (I'm not a race photographer or anything so I dunno, maybe something like 1/125?) and dick with your aperture until you get proper exposure, then go nuts. Keep panning for a moment after your last shot of the burst goes off so you don't fuck up the last one by stopping the pan mid-shot.
     
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    this is the best advice ive heard in a while... "dick with your ap until u get proper expouser"..

    good technique!
     
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    Just shoot f22 at 1/30th.


    You'll be golden.


    :ugh:
     
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    dick with aperture ftw
     
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    stop your drunken flame fest
     
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    dick IN aperture? :naughty:
     
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    just make sure u open it up all the way to f22, cause we know the dick is small......... jared.....

    edit: on topic...

    look for spots where the cars speed will be consistant. easy to pan there then at a hard braking spot or hard acceleration spot.
     
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    Troller upset at my retaliation?


    you guys came after me HARD a few weeks ago.

    I won't apologize.
     
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    f22 is the smallest aperture on your lens.

    I like that shit tight.
     
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    ok since hippy and jared are fagging up this thread I'll try and help you out


    when I shoot races I shoot in TV mode, usually between 1/160 and 1/320, but that will depend on what iso you're at, how much light you have, and how fast the cars are going by

    like Matt-AWD said, practice on cars driving by on the road

    you're probably going to end up wanting a longer lens then what you have by the end of the day too, unless you can get fairly close to the track

    I took both of these at 1/320th :o
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    That Viper pic is tits mcgee!
     
  14. Paul Revere

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    well, i was facing a corner so all the cars coming at me after apexing, probably better than having to pan and ending up with blurry shots.

    i didnt have my 28-75, so i shot most of it with me 50mm in canon's "fast exposure/guy running" dial-mode :o i havent had a chance to look at them yet, i think some of them came out ok :dunno:
     
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    thanks :hs:
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    why Tv mode versus Av?
     
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    I'm assuming because with this type of shooting, your shutter speed is more important than your ap :dunno:
     
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    at least i didnt get flamed for using the preset mode :o

    i guess we'll really see once i get the pics from my camera :hs:
     
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    The 28-75 is going to be your best bet. Use Tv (as mentioned) and set your shutter to 1/MPH, where that is the estimate of the cars speed on the track. So if you think the cars are doing ~150mph then set your shutter to 1/160th, and let the camera work out the aperture.

    In the corners, expect to be panning at around 1/120th and on the straights expect 1/250th or so. Chimp a few shots to see what's working and then go from there.

    Regardless of whether you practice beforehand or not, expect your first day keep rate to be pretty low, so shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot. The AF in the XTi is really going to struggle with the panning, so just expect that the first half hour of shooting will probably be pretty frustrating until you get into the rhythm.


    My shitty result: :greddy:
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    Panning FTW..

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    damn, i wish i read this thread earlier. i was freezing motion the whole time i was there! will have to try panning next time.. (first time shooting cars too)

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    pan like a man and shoot like phidong
     
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    tree branch ftl :wtc:
     
  25. Paul Revere

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    full size? :eek5:

    i havent gotten them off my camera yet :o
     

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