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Inside the gallery

Inside the gallery by xwang

I like this shot, but I wonder if there is an even better one with a much tighter crop - the couple in the front almost mirror those in the painting - the old world and the new. I would have excluded the man on the right. Nevertheless, good timing very well seen and my vote follows.

Andy Priaulx

Andy Priaulx by cgp23

Excellent shot, flame and all - with the driver behind kindly being in the right place for great composition. Such timing does not come along very often, so well caught. Chris

On the gas ...

On the gas ... by brownstonechip

You really do get great clarity in your shots. Another cracker. Chris

Moto x

Moto x by brownstonechip

Haven't seen any of your pics for a while, Phil. Good to see your photo (I was unable to get to Cadders Hill this year) with the usual high quality and action. Chris

hit the corner right

hit the corner right by one

Mark, I have been watching a few of your latest uploaded photos and have not commented but wondered if there may be something wrong with the focussing on your camera? I have also wrestled with focus and depth of field issues, along with blown highlights and/or dealing with minimum places to take photos at motorsports events. Of your last 4 photos, the latest is the sharpest but it still lacks clarity on close inspection. Also, the first 3 appear to have a 'blur' on the right hand side - almost if they were shot through a window - one I recall has an oblong blur - is this something obstructing the lens perhaps? I am not familiar with your camera (I recall the film versions were highly thought of) and whether you have autofocus or rely on manual focussing.

It is odd that your 1/800th shutter speed hasn't helped you. Personally, I think the high shutter speed tend to make the bikes look static unless they are at a dramatic angle but, again, in the first 3 of the four, the focus appears to be on the second bike of two, when you want the closest one (or both) sharp. Looking through your portfolio 'Have a Clear Lead' is a good shot and you have 'panned' the camera on that occasion and, while not as crisp as it might be, it is well taken and has greater impact for that and the eye doesn't tend to dwell on the sharpness.

Normally, a high shutter speed (1/800) would give you a sharp shot but a static-appearing bike (if photographed on the straight) so I am not sure why the photos are not sharp. Are you perhaps moving the camera slightly as you shoot (neither still nor panning if you see what I mean). You could increase the aperture to increase depth of field, reduce the shutter speed and pan to blur the background which would also give you an exposure which might reduce the highlights. Of course, we are often stuck with the bright light and only changing position can solve the problem - I always find that the best position for light is usually the wrong side of the bike - rider's head on the other side!!

Your latest shot has good composition but is quite tight in the frame, perhaps a square composition, or a 2x3 ratio, would have created an even better photo with less space surrounding it.

I hope you find these comments helpful. It just occurred to me that there seems to be a theme to the photos and a quick review of your camera might reveal where the problem may lie and raise your success rate. There are many good exponents of motorsports photography, MikeMar, Brownstonechip and Richie being very good examples, I often visit their portfolios and you can see the you the settings they use as a guideline to start.


Green Finch in Flight

Green Finch in Flight by NeilS

I had a go at such shots this weekend and found it very difficult; I was trying to catch them inbound toward a bird feeder. Even when I sensed they were going to move, the speed at which they bridged the gap brought home how tricky these shots are - I only had one half-decent shot to show for all the attempts! So well done you. Chris

Peach Hornet

Peach Hornet by SteveMackay

It gets my vote for quality, technique and sheer endeavour - but how do you set up the shot and take 150 photos of such a creature without it moving? Chris

RAF Hawk

RAF Hawk by John_Wannop

I sometimes think these shots are too tight in the frame (no doubt to show the detail) but this one is superb in my view. Fantastic detail and also bonus points (if there were any to be had) for making the effort to get up there at this time of year - I hear it is a bit of a trek and a lottery as to whether anything comes through. Excellent. Chris

The Cheltenham Spa Express

The Cheltenham Spa Express by livinglevels

Good shot. I prefer Version 2. The engine appears, to me, more prominent than the smoke in this one. Both good though

Frozen Leaf

Frozen Leaf by Rende

Excellent! Great colour and detail. Chris

Noon in the Rockies

Noon in the Rockies by DavidMosey

A spectacular view, great shot. Chris

Passing Trains

Passing Trains by bwlchmawr

Lovely scene, well shot. Chris

Sunday Special

Sunday Special by limmy62

This is a cracking photo with great light and it gets my vote. The only thing that caught my eye is that the clouds mirror the smoke almost exactly which kept drawing my eye away from the smoke. I think I would have cropped a little lower at the top; however, I don't take train photos as good as this. Chris

The Prize Draw Committee 2

The Prize Draw Committee 2 by mrswoolybill

My wife and I were at a similar event last month, the expressions remind me of the period where the raffle is drawn and half the tickets belong to those who have left the event, or, those choosing which prize to have which takes forever - great events though. I picked this off the page as being one of yours, it is excellent.



Triton by xleex

This photo brings back a memory. In the mid- to late-70s a friend and I went to the Motorcycle Show in the Agricultural Halls (?) in London. While every one was waiting to get in and some were already coming out, the biggest crowd was stood around a Triton which was parked outside. I hadn't seen one before (we were both motocross riders) but it drew an awful lot of interest. Your photo of the bike is as I recall it.

Nice photo


#105 airborne

#105 airborne by cf73

I agree it is a good shot, the subject is sharp and all in the frame - albeit only just at the bottom; did you crop it that tight to avoid another object - fence top, head or marshal perhaps? Unfortunately, racing always starts about midday (same everywhere I assume) and I know what you mean about the harsh light and the challenges that presents us. For a single shot of a bike I try and get the light right on bikes in the earlier practice sessions when the light may not be as harsh or there is some shade to be had; in the races there is often little choice but the action of many bikes can make the shot; dust can be a good background - although a pain for the camera kit!!

Your shutter speed of 1/500 has ensured the rider is sharp, but the juggling act we all face is throwing the background further out of focus to reduce the impact of the trees behind on your main subject, much depends also on your distance from the subject of course. I think I would have changed to a lower shutter speed for a slower panned shot, under-exposed by a bit and upped the aperture; this may have helped reduce highlights and blurred the trees further. Another photo in your portfolio was shot down at a 1/100 so you may be onto this already - trial and error to fine tune.

I hope this helps.


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Added Date: 08/01/2013 - 6:38 PM

Rob, saw your recent photo of Cal Crutchlow and had a look through your portfolio, you have certainly come on leaps and bounds since those early shots - which were pretty good anyway. Many of your photos would not be out of place in a sports magazine. Chris


Added Date: 04/12/2012 - 12:25 PM

Peter, I wondered if you had a related skill or interest, nevertheless, to me you have a natural talent and a photographer's eye - not being constrained by the theory is clearly an advantage in the way you work. Like Andy, I look forward to seeing your future work. By the way, I have just noticed your 'avatar' above (the face) which is brilliant in itself! All the best for the future. Chris


Added Date: 04/12/2012 - 10:28 AM

A very good series of photos which, from the look of your portfolio, show a great deal skill and knowledge in both camera and software - if this is your 'just learning what all the buttons do' then you must either have a natural talent or perhaps incredible luck at pushing random buttons! Chris


Added Date: 23/06/2012 - 6:31 PM

By chance I caught sight of one of your aircraft pics and wanted to see more; a really impressive portfolio. All your photos are excellent and the jets pin sharp which is no mean feat given the speed they do. I enjoyed looking. Chris


Added Date: 08/06/2012 - 4:09 PM

Viewed a recent picture and will add a vote in a minute but also viewed your portfolio which I enjoyed; varied themes (less the fruit bowll!). Rather than pick a shot out I thought I would leave a comment here. I find it amazing that it is so often possible to look at a portfolio and completely miss the photos a s they go through; I think it is due to the volume on the site these days. Chris


Added Date: 15/04/2010 - 6:37 PM

I like your style! Chris


Added Date: 21/07/2009 - 10:04 PM

Scott, some cracking photos here, good luck with your aspiration to be the MSA young tog of the year - plus your other ambitions; aim high! I am sure you will get there. Chris


Added Date: 14/05/2009 - 9:34 PM

Mike, what a great portfolio. I arrived here before voting on one of your uploads (13 May I think) and went right through looking for the picture at the top of your home page. I was so delighted to see it as it is one of those shots that has remained with me for quite some time - I am sure I voted for it so I hope I did having mentioned it!! Will try and find that upload - excellent photography. Chris


Added Date: 14/05/2009 - 8:53 PM

Andy, a stunning portfolio from start to finish. Chris


Added Date: 18/03/2009 - 9:30 PM

I enjoyed looking through your portfolio; consistently good shots. Chris


Added Date: 12/02/2009 - 9:27 PM

Enjoyed looking through your portfolio, worthy of more votes than you seem to be getting but your photos speak for themselves. Chris


Added Date: 05/02/2009 - 5:16 PM

Great photos and website Barrie. I also like the hints and tech info as I take the view if we were stood side by side, I probably wouldn't get close to your shots but it is great to see how things are done which helps all to improve. Chris


Added Date: 03/12/2008 - 6:41 PM

Enjoyed looking through your portfolio, great lighting in your studio shots. Chris


Added Date: 18/11/2008 - 10:29 PM

Great portfolio and website. Chris


Added Date: 20/10/2008 - 5:28 PM

Enjoyed looking through your portfolio, diverse and yet good quality throughout. Chris