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Bradley Racing for Buildbase Suzuki

By RTJphotos
Bradley with Knee and Elbow down in the British Superbikes for Buildbase Suzuki 2018

Shot with Nikon D810 with 70-200 f2.8 and 1.7x converter attached.

Tags: Motorsport British superbikes Motorcycle racing Suzuki gsxr1000 Knee down Sports and action Nikon D810 BSB 2018 buildbase suzuki RTJ Sports Photography elbow down


Robert51 11 7 93 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2018 8:44AM
What a great shot that really captures the speed.

The mod is only minor adjustments to sharpness and brightness to bring out the shadows.

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paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2018 9:25AM
I suspect a very large crop here. The image has impact and excellent tight composition but the quality is starting to go. Sharpness is starting to suffer and shadows blocked up. The latter can be worked on with the dodge tool.

1.7X converter - what make? They can be rather detrimental to quality if not matched to the lens.

dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1575 England
19 Nov 2018 10:15AM
Welcome to both Ephotozine and hte Critique Gallery, Jason. I see that this is yoru first upload here - if you didn't intend getting critique, make sure, next time, that htere's no tick in the 'Critique wanted' box. This would definitely win votes in the main gallery!

Paul knows far mroe about action shooting than I do... But I can certainly see a lack of the sort of sharpness that I'd expect from that camera. It would be useful to see the original and unprocessed/uncropped picture.
19 Nov 2018 12:02PM
Thanks guys really appreciated
1.7x is a Nikon was not massively cropped but will try find an original to make sure.
Only problem of being the wrong side of the fence with limited budget.
Although pretty happy myself but wanted to get the helpful critique as if I donít do it and put it out there I will never truly learn to get my photos spot on.
Thank you all so far and anymore help very welcome
Thanks Jason
19 Nov 2018 12:05PM
Robert that looks great thank you
Was it a fairly quick fix and was it in photoshop?
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4084 Canada
19 Nov 2018 12:52PM
Main issue really is lack of sharpness. Its likely that your panning may have been a bit slow/fast, not quite matching the bike, so theres a little movement blur. Its difficult to get the bike moving fast, - many shots of this type are with the bike moving more towards the camera on a bend.

Its sorted in the mod.

Other changes are shadows lifted, exposure increased, and a warmer white balance so it looks like there was some sunshine, which it seems there was.


Robert51 11 7 93 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2018 1:30PM
RTJ the mod in photoshop but most software offer some form of sharpnering and shadows adjustment.

dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 621 England
19 Nov 2018 9:44PM
Welcome from me too.

The overall exposure is fine. Increasing it to see the shadow detail would make most of the image too light so this is just the case of lifting the shadows. Any decent imaging software will allow this and there are several ways - using the Shadows slider, the Dodge tool or careful use of Cuirves. Use what gives you the result you like and which you find easiest to use - I'd say the Shadows adjustment if you're starting out.

There is some softness to this and I'd go for camera/subject movement. Even at 1/640 it's easily possible with such a subject.
I don't think it's focus error, looking closely, but having said that using a converter does slow down AF systems so it's somehting to be aware of in future.

If you're into biking shots check out the portfolio of rickie on here.

20 Nov 2018 5:50AM
Thanks loving all this help
Thank you all
Soo busy at work although I think I have not put the correct image on as the one on my pc is much sharper
I will post another but also from my phone soon although I donít think it should have been an issue unless I saved my own image from Facebook so it would have lost image quality
dudler Plus
16 1.0k 1575 England
20 Nov 2018 10:30AM
Always keep the originals...

And a duplicate set backed up on an external hard drive.
20 Nov 2018 11:38AM
Dudley you bet I do lol
Made a mistake years ago and now have backups of the backups
Especially now 4gb external drives are getting down to reasonable prices
rickie 15 100 2 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2018 5:21PM
I think you've done a good job here.
Looking at the mod from Robert51 it looks sharp.
It's never an easy subject when you are shooting through fencing especially.
If you can see the bikes coming, practise lowering the shutter speed.
Start at 1/400th and then work your way down when you build the confidence.
Panning shots are possible down to about 1/100th.
Blur in the wheels is always important.
I agree with the others on exposure, highlights and shadow enhancements.
Best of luck
22 Nov 2018 8:37AM
Thanks everyone and the modifications are awesome too.
Much appreciated

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