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Rob Collard at Croft

By PhilWhiteley
Rob Collard racing in the final race of the day at Croft circuit in the UK in miserable conditions

Tags: Transport Sports and action

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paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 3:55PM
What a pity. A first class effort with good composition through a wire fence, and that fence is so obvious. Even at f4, the wire is still there, looking initially like a strange patchiness. Could you have got the lens even closer to the wire. I would have pushed the lens hood, you do use one, up to the wire, but, preferably found a vantage point without the wire.

Not always easy but quite possible at Cadwell and Donington. My son knows Croft, I don't.

Paul

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banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4045 Canada
5 Feb 2014 4:03PM
A really good motorsports shot. The fence is there for sure, but I dont think most people would notice it if it wasnt pointed out. Race fans probably would, but the dynamic nature of the shot, good exposure, great timing, overall quality for me at least make this work.


I did tweak a little in the mod, - mainly leaving a little more space in front, contrast, lifted shadows a touch.

regards


Willie
5 Feb 2014 4:16PM

Quote:What a pity. A first class effort with good composition through a wire fence, and that fence is so obvious. Even at f4, the wire is still there, looking initially like a strange patchiness. Could you have got the lens even closer to the wire. I would have pushed the lens hood, you do use one, up to the wire, but, preferably found a vantage point without the wire.

Not always easy but quite possible at Cadwell and Donington. My son knows Croft, I don't.

Paul



Croft is a hard place to avoid the wire fence unless you have a media pass or a high zoom lens, none of which I had Sad When you mention the lens hood, are you on about the hood to stop glare? Sadly I don't think would have helped, but I shall try your advice this year if I go again, many thanks.

Phil
NEWMANP 11 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 4:26PM
a well action packed image and i like the way the car leaps out from the background. i sort of dont mind some of that clutter there, it isnt so bad and it sets the scene. actually just looked again and i like the foreground even better and a crop just above 125 works well and loses the fence stuff.

look as i may, i cant see a driver in there ?? it would have made it even better if he could be seen.

the wet conditions make it better and id have been pleased with this one
Phil
dark_lord Plus
15 2.4k 598 England
5 Feb 2014 8:10PM
You're always going to get some good shots at a BTCC race.
Unfortunately the fences need to be there. It's the relatively large depth of field given by even wide apertures on smaller cameras that mean the fence is beginning to show, which you acknowledge in your comment above.
Even with a longer lens on a DSLR, if you were not that close to the fence it's likely it would still show. Been there done that.
That said, it's not too noticeable and a good record from the crowd viewpoint. Difficult to avoid the marshalls, an important and excellent job they do but something to bear in mind even when you do have trackside access.
Positive points:
Good panning, the car is properly sharp and there's good blur on the wheels which says movement. A slower speed would have made the background more streaky for a greater impression of speed at an increased risk of the car not being as sharp - something to try this year.
Nicely timed to get the reflection in the water.

As Phil says, one you can be quite pleased with.

Keith


Quote: i cant see a driver in there

One of the new stealth drone cars, eh?
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2014 8:50PM
There are numerous vantage points at Cadwell and Donington where you can beat the fences. Quite a few at Silverstone as I remember. To me, the fence is obvious and a detraction. If you look at the magazines you wont see many shots with the fence in and that should be the target in ky opinion and, I assure all, in most editors opinion unless the image was especially meaningful for other reasons.

Viewpoint or long lens further back and on a vank to look over the fence.

I only know of one type of lens hood. It is the device used to remove or reduce angular non image forming light, glare. However, you should fit one out in the field as a lens protector drom dirt, rain and impact. I always fit a UV too. Press the lens hood up to the wire, attempting to centralise it to the hole in the wire ND use a wide aperture. You will then minimise the effect of the wire by rendering it very out of focus. I did say minimise. The hood will protect the lens front element/filter from damage whilst getting it as near as possible to the mesh.

Paul

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