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The Screen machine again

By kilo363
v#1
NIKON D300S
Nikon 70-200mm
focal length 200mm
Shot in manual
f/2.8
1/500 sec
iso 560 (this was auto)
metering mode Center Weighted

v#2
NIKON D300S
Nikon 70-200mm
focal length 200mm
Shot in manual
f/6.3
1/400 sec
iso 400 (this was auto)
metering mode pattern

both shot in 12 bit RAW

Some people have been mentioning I could try different angles, although I have in the past, and some shots are already in my portfolio here's 2 variations.

V1 was taken from the outside of the oval looking down the back straight. I choose f/2.8 to isolate Joe Screen, the lead rider.

V2 was taken again from the outside and shows the same rider, in almost exactly the same position as yesterdays shot (ie 1st/2nd bend).

For both shots I have slightly cropped, done lights and levels, a little dodging and burning and used the Mann sharpening technique. I have done no cloning. nor would I in a sports shot like this.

I'm enjoying the continued feedback, so on you go, what about this one? Smile Joe is always good value for an action shot. He's now 38, and describes himself as 'big boned'. He's the former world under 21 speedway champion, and a cracking guy.

Tags: Sport Glasgow Motorcycle Tigers Speedway "joe Screen" Sports and action

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Rock Plus
14 10 2 England
25 Aug 2010 7:17AM
Fine sports shot.

Head on action shots are more difficult to take but you have done very well in this shot.

The riders are on the first lap did you take any more shots of this race.

Rock

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kilo363 7 3 Scotland
25 Aug 2010 7:22AM
Thanks Rock, aye a few more lol. Think I took about 400 odd on sunday
Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
25 Aug 2010 7:46AM
Hi again Al,

Well you've come up trumps this time, fantastic in my opinion and I don't nind saying I think I was right. Shot two is brilliant, the dirt flying and the feeling of really being there is strong. Both shots are different but are both very well done. The only slight critique I could give is with chopping off the heads of the riders in the background of image one but that is hardly here nor there.

Well done and a great big pat on the back.

DaVeS
kilo363 7 3 Scotland
25 Aug 2010 8:18AM
Thanks Dave, not a lot I could do with the heads lol. I quite like the head on shots from the outside. It depends on the rider, some are better shot from the inside. The poorest location is outside on a bend as everything is looking and leaning away from you
Davesumner 9 28 300 Australia
25 Aug 2010 8:35AM
No worries, I agree with you reagrding the bend and leaning away as i used to shoot superbikes but this angle is fantastic, you should approach the riders and offer your shots for sale.

dave
kilo363 7 3 Scotland
25 Aug 2010 11:29AM

Quote:No worries, I agree with you reagrding the bend and leaning away as i used to shoot superbikes but this angle is fantastic, you should approach the riders and offer your shots for sale.



dave



I have an agreement with the track promotion not to use my shots commercially in exchange for access. There is an official photographer who has commercial rights.

However I am a fan and happily support the club and riders. Some shots are used in the programme, some by the riders and I use some in club competitions. Plus I've started getting shots used in a local paper to accompany reports
kilo363 7 3 Scotland
25 Aug 2010 11:30AM
Thanks Frank
NeilWigan Plus
6 13 15 England
25 Aug 2010 5:29PM
Nice shot.
paulbroad 9 117 1075 United Kingdom
25 Aug 2010 8:48PM
I'm for V2 - A very nice cleanly composed image. For me, the two bikes at the rear spoil V1 - cropped heads etc draw the attention from the main rider who is commendably sharp.

I would have prefered the bikes a tiny bit nearer the left in V1.

paul

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