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 Post subject: Motorcycle actions
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 9:55 am 
Hi there,
Im going to take photos at a motocycle event this evening and would like to hear from you guys and gals what settings you'd suggest im using.

I have a Canon EOS 40D with 17-85 lens and would like to know from you guys what settings you'd use.

The event have different sections.
* One for very high speed (i guess topspeed will be between 150-250 km/h depending on bike)
* One for middlerange speed wheelies (about 100 km/h)
* One for slow stunt (top 50 km/h).

Every event is driving straight forward (like on a strip). There is no cornering, knee-scraping and no stuff like that.

For the first high speed section i'd like to get some motion blur in the background, so i figure Tv-mode is the one to use?
What number would you sugest?

My biggest issue tho is what Metering mode to use. (Evaluative, Partial, Spot or Center wighted). Im not very familiar with the diferrence, but i've noticed that taking picture of airplanes from a middle range distanse pruduce better images with using spot-metering.

Then i'm not sure what AF-mode to use (one-shot, AI focus, AI servo)

Im not sure tho what to use, and i have no experience of this kind of events.

One problem is that i cant experiment to much because i wont have my computer with me, and even tho there is a display on the 40D it is to small to really see if the pictures is good.

I have many times taken pictures that looks good in the LCD, but when i look at them on my computer i found out that they were out of focus etc etc,...

Please, can you help me?

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 10:15 am 
i am no expert on this subject but would try the following

Av Mode
Spot Metering
AI servo - to auto focus and follow the moving bikes
And search for the fastest shutter speed you can depending on the light situation.

also make sure you making full advantage of ya 6fps.

failing this and for an easier option try the sport :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 10:43 am 
ok, thanks for your advice urdygurdy.

Av-mode you say!? Wouldnt that set the aperture to a given value, and then the camera choose the shutterspeed?

Maybe im confused here. I figured that when taking sport-photos i'd want to choose the shutterspeed myself (tv-mode ?), and then the let the camera calculate the Aperture?

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 11:04 am 
sorry...........shutter priority ( TV ) :oops: :oops:


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