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Old 06-10-2006, 23:29   #1 (permalink)
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Motorsport tips please

Am off to Mallory Park on Sunday to watch some classic (ie 50's / 60's) motor racing.

Other than using as fast a shutter speed as I can get away with (I assume) , any tips or suggestions ?

Went last year and the 180 hairpin was always a fun spot with plenty of action

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Re: Motorsport tips please

I've not done much motorsport photography but have photographed a few events for my own pleasure. You definitely want to do a reccie to get a good spot, I like to be somewhere where I can pan with the car in the approach or exit to a corner as, like you say there's a bit of action and the cars are generally a bit slower.

Then rather than just a super fast shutter speed, which can leave the car feeling stationary I like to experiment with longer shutter speeds and panning to get a sharp car and a nice blurred background. It's all about the speed and excitement so look out for things like wheels off the ground, dust getting kicked up etc. and don't forget the pits and engineers etc to get some good atmosphere shots.

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Re: Motorsport tips please

Thanks for some good pointers. There's no pit area as such but you can wander around the paddock area quite freely so that'll have to do !

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Re: Motorsport tips please

What I tend to do is set my camera up for shutter priority and keep my shutter speed down to somewhere between 1/60 - 1/125 ISO 100 or 125. If you're on a hairpin then take a wide angle lens that way if there's to be any first lap mishaps you'll get most if not all of them with the wide angle. Also think about setting your camera to continuos or burst mode that way you shouldn't miss anything.
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Some of the advice here should be applicable :- http://www.pixalo.com/community/tuto...to-x-7564.html
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