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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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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!!
A great photo of this beautiful aircraft, you have captured it very well. Just a very small point, viewing it large I had to move the photo on my screen and, if you were to print the shot, there appears to be a few sensor spots above the aircraft and to the left. Chris
A grand photo, the Rally and Fair area appears vast, much as the power in those steam engines. I couldn't help laughing at my own joke as I looked at the photo that someone without any sense of history judging this photo would say that it would be much improved 'if the was some blur in the wheels'! Silly of course, I know. Dorset is too far for me but I hope you get some more shots.
What a great photo! I am not sure how you got this shot (were they upside down above you?) but it is an excellent photo in any event. I attended the Weymouth Show on a couple of occasions with the RAF and it was always a spectacular display by the Reds. I hope it attracts more votes but it gets my award for the skill it took to get it. Chris
Thank you to all who voted.
Linda, I was really pleased to see this photo (missed your previous shots) as I have been taking photos of the pupae, we are lucky to have 2) over the last few days; it is great to see what they turn into as the 'guidebooks don't often show a good example). Interesting to see your photo was taken in daylight as you would expect moths to be night flyers. Great shot of a marvellous creature. Chris
Thanks to all for your votes and comments.
Very good indeed, in fact it is way better then very good, probably among the very best. A shame there isn't just a little EXIF detail on how it was achieved:or focus stacking, small aperture, to inspire those of us who seem unable to get anywhere near the clarity of your excellent photo. I find that 100mm macro on a crop camera gives me about 2mm DOF, if that. Oh well, back to the drawing board!! Chris