Practice with the Local traffic

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Bermuda, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Bermuda

    Bermuda Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 7, 2011
    Bermuda
    so been messing about with the camera and here is what i have so far. Not sure why but the camera seems to focus on just on spot on the cars( as you will see) any idea why its doing that and how to make it focus on the said bigger picture?( ie the whole car)
    :)

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    Max engine size for the bikes is 150CC

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    A Taxi

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    I have cropped this photo down


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    Same with this one

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    and this one :)

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    Bermuda's pink buses


    Hints and Tips ALWAYS welcome :) thanks
     
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  2. jbuch84

    jbuch84 Mu-43 Veteran

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    Feb 9, 2011
    Orlando, FL
    James
    Not to shabby bermuda! Panning can be hard to grasp and I think you did just fine. If you are looking to keep the entire frame from having any motion blur you will need to set your shutter speed faster, but from the looks of your photos i think you were trying to get this affect. There are a few things you should consider when trying to get your object to be the only thing in focus. Turn on Auto Focus Tracking and increase the size of your focus in the camera. Also, remember that anything moving has a constant changing distance (unless moving on a straight path right to left from you) and that stopping down your aperture will help keep everything on your object in focus. BUT at the same time a wide open aperture will help keep your shutter speed high like you need, so just play around in the situation your in. That being said, it's important that you pan with the movement of your object smoothly as to keep any motion blur from happening on the subject you are tracking.

    Hope that's helpful! I'm sure you knew most of that by looking at your shots (pretty good!) Best of luck!!
     
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  3. Pan Korop

    Pan Korop Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 31, 2011
    Phare Ouest
    Great start! The one with the bike is getting there really close: motion IS feeled. Don't worry if only one part of the "training F1 makedo" is sharp. Train until it's the pilot's eyes, or some other point of interest, which remains sharp. Don't expect a hit rate above 1 out of five shots: you don't pay for film any more.
    Here, you're very close to the traffic, hence using a relatively short focal length. Remember, "the longer the lens the easiest it is to pan"? So try a spot where you're further away from the road, and keep panning! Remember Mode 2 Stab on an Oly, 3 on a Panny.
    Don't trust continuous shooting: 3 fps is slow. So is 5 fps if we had in :43:. Its only advantage is it teaches you to keep on panning smoothly after the first shot. You might as well train in video--good practice.
    Use a monopod, too.
    Also, do experiment with manual focus: esp. with racing cars, not plain traffic, you know after one lap where exactly they're supposed to get by.

    pan-moto2.

    Here's a sample, uncropped, with quite pedestrian values: 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200 and a 200mm (24x36 format). Low winter light (Jan 25th '11, 5:12 pm. Bike speed ca. 80 kph. Ok, it's an assignment, and the guy knows his job. But so will they at your Grand Prix, right?

    PS: I deg to biffer about keeping the shutter speed high: slow (1/125--1/250) is the pros' secret for motion, and to make the subject stand out on a totally blurred background. Make shutter faster, and one will wonder if the guy's gonna fall, or if you doctored the side-stand out with Photoshop...
     
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