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This was taken at Oulton Park during the BTCC meeting on 5th June 2011. The first time I've used fully manual settings on my Canon 30D, any feedback or comments would be welcome!
I was aiming for a sense of speed and motion while maintaining sharpness on the car.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 30D
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:72mm
Aperture:f/7.1
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:160
Exposure Mode:Manual
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Alex MacDowall at Druids
Username:baileysmith baileysmith
Uploaded:7 Jun 2011 - 10:48 AM
Tags:Btcc, Chevrolet, Motor racing, Oulton park, Racing, Sport, Sports / action
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Philo
Philo e2 Member 351 forum postsPhilo vcard England83 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 12:04 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

This is really good as I think you have captured the speed of the car well. I would just crop some from the bottom to lose the srtip of grass. You could consider leaving a bit more space in front for the car to move into.
Welcome to epz btw and a great start.
Phil

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JackAllTog
JackAllTog e2 Member 53469 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 2:21 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Maybe also straighten the image, though this will look less dynamic.
Also as the background has a brightish red area top right i'd either dodge/burn this down in intensity and then further blur the background as its detail is too recognisable. Or i'd crop from the top to lose it completly.

Also you can allow modifications, so that we can upload mods sometimes.

Last Modified By JackAllTog at 7 Jun 2011 - 2:22 PM

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danbrann
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7 Jun 2011 - 3:25 PM

It does the job for me. Good photography.

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baileysmith
7 Jun 2011 - 3:46 PM

Thanks for the feedback, it's all much appreciated, I'll have a play and re-post!
JackAllTog, dodge/burn might need a bit of research - can I do that through Photoshop??

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JackAllTog e2 Member 53469 forum postsJackAllTog vcard United Kingdom58 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 4:08 PM

Yep, dodge/burn darkens or lightens parts of the picture, the term comes from the old film processing days i think.

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baileysmith
7 Jun 2011 - 5:03 PM

Right, will have a play, thanks again.

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dathersmith e2 Member 7544 forum postsdathersmith vcard England12 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jun 2011 - 6:17 PM

Well you've achieved what you set out to do and produced a great image. I agree with the comments above and can only add that you could straighten the image and try a letterbox crop.

Darren.

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Jestertheclown
7 Jun 2011 - 10:17 PM

I've uploaded a mod. in which I've gone for a crop from the LHS and the bottom and as Stuart suggested, I've dodged the red thing. (I think it's a marshal.)
I didn't straighten it.
I don't think it needs anything else.

Bren.

Edit; I think I should have dodged it a bit more, partially desaturated it even.

Last Modified By Jestertheclown at 7 Jun 2011 - 10:19 PM

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Davesumner
8 Jun 2011 - 6:27 AM

Hi Matt,


Quote: I was aiming for a sense of speed and motion while maintaining sharpness on the car.

And a fine job you've done of it too.

The only thing you need now is to do the same thing in a less static environment, try on a corner instead or the start line when wheels are spinning.

DaVeS

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imagemaster
8 Jun 2011 - 10:51 PM

A good snap shot with a certain movement, for my taste, it doesn't do it for me. Possible improvements could be taking the shot earlier or later with a higher or lower pov. play with shutter speeds and or aperture. Stretch the 'rules' a bit then break them - review your failures and near misses and improve your abilities, maybe develop a style that is you. Don't give up, think how you image might be used before you shoot it.

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