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Powerboats with the Pentax 150-450mm

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Powerboats with the Pentax 150-450mm

30 Jul 2017 11:27AM   Views : 569 Unique : 349

Yesterday we went to Carr Mill near St Helens to watch the club racing at the Powerboat Club. We started off with one of Sue's mega-picnics, NeilWigan and his wife Joan provided the mini-stove and kettle to keep the tea flowing. Neil was shooting with a Canon 100-400mm and I chose the Pentax K-1 with HD Pentax-D FA 150-450mm. Sue had the Pentax K-3 and the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm WR. We were nicely weatherproof, so just to spite us the sun shone and we had a warm and pleasant afternoon.

In terms of technique, I chose ISO 800, used Av, AWB and centre spot focusing. The SR system was switched off to avoid any delays with it locking on in the first place. All the cameras found focus just fine and the success rate in this was almost 100%. We're also getting better at catching the boats in the frame properly and some quite tight compositions have become possible. There was a moment when the big boat made its first appearance that it headed for the turn very fast and we thought it wasn't going to make it. But it did and swerved round, heading straight for us before turning again and sweeping on by, faster than anything else in the day by a good margin.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating and after consuming Sue's fruit trifles, here are some examples from the K-1 and the 150-450mm.

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