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My Old Man

By wipka84
Posted this morning in the normal gallery but received no advice, will give it a go here:

This was my dad taken at Grahame Hill at Brands Hatch on one of our father/son track days. He bought the bike with a mate after enjoying a red letter day at Donnington so much. Not bad for almost 60.

Taken with a Sigma 70-300 mm, at the 300mm end and f5.6, shutter speed 1/350, ISO 100.

i've cropped from the orginal but not resized.

The whole image looks soft, as opposed to me being out of focus. Anyone offer any suggestions? Would setting the aperture to a better performing range of f11 and bumping up the ISO to compensate produce a more pleasing image? Or am i out of focus?

Any help and criticism greatly appreciated.

Have a good one all

Tags: Close-up and macro Sports and action

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Lou_C 12 755 2 England
7 Mar 2008 12:30PM
It looks a little blurred to me, I'm not an expert by any means, but I was told you need at least 1.5 x fl, but 2x is better, so your shutter speed should be closer to 450 or 600

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mikeyjuggler 12 373 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2008 12:42PM
I would suggest bumping up the iso to 200 or even 400 if your camera copes well with it. This would mean that you can increase both the shutter speed and the sticking the f 11 as a try out. BIke action shots are fairly hard to get right, the ones that you see on this site are pretty exceptional and ( if everyone elses experiences are similar to mine) the secret - if there is one - is practice, and taking many, many photos
hope it helps
wipka84 12 43 England
7 Mar 2008 1:10PM
Thanks for all the advice. Thought I'd get an idea for next time. Will have a go at pushing everything up on a busy road and see what i can get.

Cheers again
GaryTombs 12 2
7 Mar 2008 1:12PM
It looks like a combination of slight camera shake and some softness due to the lens, the Sigma 70-300 will be softer at 300mm.

I would slightly disagree with Mikeyjuggler about the f11, one of the secrets to good bike shots is a very shallow depth of field
KJackson 12 7 1 England
7 Mar 2008 2:51PM
Just uploaded a mod, hopefully improved it for you.
mikeyjuggler 12 373 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2008 4:37PM
I agree with nova disagreeing with me, I was opting for an easier introduction to bike photography. I spent far too much time trying to get pin sharp shots with the lowest depth of field, i could post many, many bad photos where bits of the bike are out of focus and it's a real disappointment. What i tend to do is prefocus on a part of the track that the bike regularly passes and pan through with the bike, taking photos as it passes
Good luck on the busy road.
wipka84 12 43 England
7 Mar 2008 4:48PM
Thanks for the mod, i hadn't noticed the colour cast, appreciate you spending the time to do it.

Think I'll take everything on board and have a bit of a practice with a few of the ideas on here and see what i can achieve.

Cheers everyone for your help.

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