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Alex MacDowall at Druids

By baileysmith
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.

Tags: Sport Racing Motor racing Oulton park Chevrolet Btcc Sports and action

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Philo Plus
6 99 83 England
7 Jun 2011 12:04PM
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.

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JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 2:21PM
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.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
7 Jun 2011 3:25PM
It does the job for me. Good photography.
baileysmith 5 19 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 3:46PM
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??
JackAllTog Plus
7 4.4k 58 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 4:08PM
Yep, dodge/burn darkens or lightens parts of the picture, the term comes from the old film processing days i think.
baileysmith 5 19 1 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2011 5:03PM
Right, will have a play, thanks again.
dathersmith 9 550 12 England
7 Jun 2011 6:17PM
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.

Jestertheclown 8 7.4k 249 England
7 Jun 2011 10:17PM
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.


Edit; I think I should have dodged it a bit more, partially desaturated it even.
Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
8 Jun 2011 6:27AM
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.

8 Jun 2011 10:51PM
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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