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This was my first attempt at shooting high speed images. As you can see, I struggled to capture a sharp image of my brother launching himself in the air.

I really wanted to have the background blurred out and the rider pin sharp. The lighting in the forest didn't help my cause either.

Can anyone, tell me how I can improve this shot?

Should I have used a higher ISO to compensate the lighting?

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Focal Length 86mm, Manual Mode, 1/40s, f/4.8, ISO400

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Camera:Nikon D40x Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikkor Lens, 70-300mm VR f4.5 - f5.6 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Mountain Biking
Username:Amir Amir
Uploaded:28 Oct 2007 - 9:24 AM
Tags:Sports / action
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nefaman
nefaman  8 United Kingdom
28 Oct 2007 - 9:31 AM

I like the movement in this
but if you want the rider sharp pre focus on the rider and pan with him as you take the shot.

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scott_jessuk
28 Oct 2007 - 10:26 AM

looks like you have some serious potential with this kind of shot, I recently went to a bike event up an Fort William for the end of year championships. I took well over 200 image and when I got back I loved all the movement but I either had the face or the bike sharp but not both, fairly annoying as I though they looked great from the screen on my camera.

Anyway I decided to go to another even a few weeks ago learning from my mistakes. This time I experimented with using the all 4 different focusing modes on my camera (Canon 20). I used some pre-focus with manual and the used single shot focus, AI servo and AI Focus. In an attempt to get the best results.

In the end I went for AI Servo which tracks the subject you are following. I have some Mountain Bike images in my portfolio from the most recent event. My only problem was I didn't have a telephoto and was using a wide angle lens. You could also use a Flash as alot of the pro's and this event were using Flash, not only on the camera but they had also set up flashes on tripods from in front and behind the rider for best results. Expensive way but I guess if your looking for best results it's a good way to do it I guess.

So maybe best buy a lottery ticket, anyway sorry for this massive comment but hope it helps a little.

Scott

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Amir
Amir  7 Malaysia
28 Oct 2007 - 6:32 PM

thanks Mick and Scott for your feedback. I really appreciate it. Smile

I'm going again this weekend, and I'm going to try the pre-focus method and panning. I really want to get this right. Some of your bmx shots are wicked.

Scott, I never thought about using the different AF modes, certainly i'm going to play around with that too. And thanks for sharing how the pros do it with multiple flash. I had a look at your biking shots and they're great too!

Thanks again guys. Smile

Amir

Last Modified By Amir at 28 Oct 2007 - 6:35 PM

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scott_jessuk
28 Oct 2007 - 7:48 PM

No problem Amir glad to be of some use.

Scott

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stuvine
stuvine  863 forum posts United Kingdom
1 Nov 2007 - 4:20 PM

I agree with scott, definately use panning, definately flash, And the servo mode on auto focus works best for me. There are one or 2 movement pics in my portfolio done using this method.
Cheers
STU

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