A&P test shots with the suction mount rig

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  1. Jcolman

    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I only had time to shoot a few test shots but this is my first attempt. I'm going to shoot some more later this week with a custom Hayabusa. I'm going to shoot it on a well lit street. We'll pick up the speed a bit more to help blur the background. I also need to modify my light placement.

    The camera was mounted just behind the front wheel of my car, about a foot off the ground. Two strobes were fired. One on the camera and the other mounted on my trunk. I want to use three next time and take the one off the camera.



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  2. skolen

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    Why not use a slower shutter and go slower to give the impression of speed? The faster you go the greater risk of vibration.
     
  3. Xenogenesis

    Xenogenesis What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?!

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    He's got a point...
     
  4. Jcolman

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    tried that. Despite the use of flash to freeze the action, the pics wern't sharp enough for me. In my tests, I found that 1/25 sec was about as slow as I could go and still get sharp pics.
     
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  5. skolen

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    Have you tried using that rear curtain sync? Where it the camera does a long exposure and at the very end it fires the flash?
     
  6. Jcolman

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    I'm going to try that next time. I actually had the camera set to rear curtain sync but I was having sync issues firing the strobes. Silly me, I didn't connect the PW to the camera hot shoe. I thought the strobes would sync with just the PW providing a signal. I was wrong. So, I changed the camera to first curtain sync in an attempt to figure out why the strobes were firing before the camera.

    Like I said, I didn't have much time to try different settings. I only had about 15 minutes to play with this.
     
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    The good news is that the suction rig performed like a champ!
     
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    FindersKeepers New Member

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    i dunno, im still weary about putting a suction mount anything on my car with my camera mounted to it....
     
  9. OneTwo

    OneTwo me>you OT Supporter

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    fuck all that.

    If my camera gear is getting placed anywhere on the outside of my car, it better be secured with screws.
     
  10. asshole

    asshole dont eat yellow snow! OT Supporter

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  11. Jcolman

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    this is the reason why many people fail to take some great shots. Sometimes you gotta push it a bit which means taking chances.


    Besides, all my gear is insured.
     
  12. tenplanescrashing

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    the suction mount is very secure. plus, a smart person would have a safety line attached to it as well just incase.
     
  13. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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  14. Jcolman

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    I used a second suction mount and secured the camera strap to it just in case.
     
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    Sweet!
     
  16. skolen

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    I've never read of an the type of shot he's trying to achieve with the vehicle moving at speed. Mostly because of how I mentioned how there are other methods, including laying down in a chase vehicle with the door/tailgate open (minivans and trucks) when you really want to be moving fast.

    I have a book on this subject that covers it in detail. Very helpful.

    How to Photograph Cars.
     
  17. Jcolman

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    I agree that that is the preferred method, however I don't have a bevy of assistants nor do I have a van. I'm trying to make this shot work with just me and the biker rider. Ideally, I want to have someone in another car in front of, and to the left of the ride,r firing another strobe at the shadow side so I get a more three dimensional look instead of the "flat" strobe look.
     
  18. skolen

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    Just trying to help ya out mang.
     
  19. adamlewis88

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    Youve got some brass balss for putting that much out there on a suction cup. Id use a tripod and bungee that shit to my car before I used a suction cup.
     

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