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You were certainly in a great position to take the shot and your shutter speed is fast enough to freeze the action, but the main bike (the intended subject?) is out of focus. The second bike is in focus but, being further behind and much smaller than the main subject, doesn't rescue the shot. As your camera was set to 'Action' (which will favour high shutter speed), I wonder if a central focussing point picked up the second bike? Or was it that the speed of the main bike was just too quick for the camera to cope at such a short distance.
Good on you for putting your photo up for critique - and for trying something different; you have attracted a lot of interest and help - whereas I think if you had placed it the site with voting enabled it would have seen very little attention for all the reasons already mentioned; the primary one for me would be that I cannot easily see what you were trying to achieve.
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.
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