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Old 16-07-2007, 19:11   #1 (permalink)
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Advice on photographing track day

Ok ive going along to a mates track day soon and going to do the photies and hopfully sell some prints

Any tips on photographing bikes on the move?

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Re: Advice on photographing track day

What lenses do you have, unless you can get track side you will need a 300mm, which track?
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Re: Advice on photographing track day

Its at mallory, I have a 14-45 and 40-150mm not really at the stage where i can start buying loads of new equipment as yet.

will it be enough?
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Re: Advice on photographing track day

My wife had a trackday at Mallory a couple of years ago and I took the camera along, it was one of those where you pay 150.00 and get a number of laps in progressively faster vehicles as you learn the circuit, lasted all day, I think she did about 30 laps in all. There were a lot of people there and the organisers had official photographers who were doing a brisk trade, a very professional outfit with chaps round the circuit relaying images back to the pit complex where they had a stand with a laptop and printer.

It was possible to stand along the pit wall and take shots of the cars going past, but there's not much in the way of corners there so the shots are pretty uninspiring the 40-150mm is a reasonable length there, looking back at the exif I have quite a few taken at around the 100mm mark there.

You can see a corner leading into the pit straight but the shots I have of cars there were taken with a 500mm lens.

I didn't wander round the circuit much as:

1. I was chatting to my wife in between laps
2. It was cold and raining and I didn't want to go too far from the hot drinks
3. I wanted to take some shots of the activity in Pit Lane

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Re: Advice on photographing track day

thanks for that

Its some friends motorcycle track day for ladies only Im hoping there arent many prof photographers about lol

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thanks for that

Its some friends motorcycle track day for ladies only Im hoping there arent many prof photographers about lol

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Set your camera on center focus point only and constant focus evaluative metering start at iso 200 but go to 400 if dull, TV mode at about 1/640 and pre focus on a point if focus can't keep up for head on shots and panning start at about 1/250 and work your way down to 1/80 and see what you can get check histogram and alter EV if needed, don't be scared to ask one of the photographers there if it was me i would give you some tips
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Re: Advice on photographing track day

Hi Summer try the hairpin and up by the chicane for some good shots, also coming out of Gerades thats the big corner at the end of the pit stright, How expirianced is your friend let her know where you are standing so she can then put a show on for you. I did a bit of bike racing there in years gone by (never had a crash there ) can't say the same about Donington though
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Re: Advice on photographing track day

A while since I shot bikes; I used to go to Oulton Park. Your 150mm will do but you need to get quite close on a bend. You should be able to get on the inside of some bends. The pictures look more dramatic on bends and the bikes are going a little slower. I would recommend manual focus by pre-focussing on the ground at the point you will take the bikes. Also you might just as well use manual exposure if the light is not rapidly changing. You should be able to find the setting by metering the grass. Best of Luck!
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