Photographing Motor Racing (F1) Page 2

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  • TheRealBadabing 12 Jul 2011 16:01:18 1,365 posts
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    Nth wrote:
    Pah! I made a much better job of it when I went to the test in 2008 :D

    Masterclass
    Genius, I nearly spat coffee.
  • Nth 12 Jul 2011 16:20:49 3,126 posts
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    Luckily I did get some good ones too! Poor old 30D was in full machine gun mode that day, surprised I only took 900 shots.
  • pistol 19 Sep 2011 14:28:18 13,019 posts
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    I think panning works quite well on fast moving subjects, to give that feeling of movement. I've tried a few different methods when shooting cycling, and I got these images at the TDF Prologue a few years ago. I used a monopod. I've improved my technique since then but these were the only ones I could find. With F1 you could also try and be a little arty and use a tripod and slow shutter to achieve that really blurry effect.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9840520@N06/888699056/in/set-72157600985325810

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9840520@N06/752785389/in/set-72157600985325810/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9840520@N06/752785317/in/set-72157600985325810/







  • Deleted user 19 September 2011 14:35:38
    Nice shots, although I suspect panning with F1 cars is considerably harder than with bikes. I think it might actually be impossible in fact.
  • pistol 19 Sep 2011 15:59:20 13,019 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    Nice shots, although I suspect panning with F1 cars is considerably harder than with bikes. I think it might actually be impossible in fact.

    Depends when you start the panning, and if you use continous shooting you're bound to get some decent images. And spend a bit of time studying where the cars are coming from before shooting anything. If you're right in front of the track when they go past you'll have difficulty so it'll depend where you are.
  • ram 19 Sep 2011 16:05:28 3,488 posts
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  • secombe 22 Sep 2011 20:45:43 1,332 posts
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    I've always had more success panning (and I've done a lot of panning, I've shot over 200 motorsport events) by not using burst/continuous shooting mode. Concentrate fully on that one moment and you get a much smoother pan.

    I wrote a little guide here, specific to Micro 4/3s in some ways but the technique is still exactly the same. I can't stress enough how important it is to 'follow through'.

    F1 cars are no harder than 'normal' motorsport really, the good thing is they are very 'contrasty' with all their sponsorship logos etc, so locking on is easy. Here is one of my attempts from the 2009 GP.
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