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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 4:03 pm 
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tried out my new d90 and tamron 70-300mm today at oulton park. ive never done any panning before so decided to give it a try.

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300mm f10 ISO 200 1/50 s

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300mm f20 ISO 200 1/40s


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116mm f25 ISO 800 1/60s

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300mm f8 ISO 800 1/1600 s

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 6:13 pm 
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Now that's some serious panning :)! Congratulations, I wouldn't even dare trying.

Now some comments...technique-wise...

First, I'd suggest using a lower (sensitivity) - ISO 100. As you seem to have been shooting in S (Tv for any Canon Eos users reading...shutter speed priority), this will give you a larger aperture, less noise in your pictures than shooting at f/25 and ISO 800...and sharper pictures obviously. Well, at the long end of a telephoto zoom lens pretty much every lens out there (except for the Nikkor 200-400 f/4 VR II monster) will benefit from stopping down a bit, but if the aperture gets too small you'll get diffraction (this is related to the lens as well as the pixel density of your sensor). Try avoiding apertures below f/11. That said, I have a perfectly usable picture taken at f/13 or f/14 and 230mm (Sony 70-400G SSM), so go try with your Tamron and find out what works for you :).

Secondly, I see the motorcycle is sharp, but the driver's head isn't. Picking a faster shutter speed helps but may obviously not give you the blurred background you're after. It's a bit of trial and error, I guess. I'm not exactly in this kind of photography, sadly.

Finally, I would like to give you a tip :). If you'd be shooting them head-on, pick a faster shutter speed. Someone has explained it to me some time ago - it has to do with physics...some parts (like the front of a car or motorcycle) are moving faster than the other, it appears. Something with the aspect or so. I hope Gordon reads this...he's got a degree in Physics from the University of Kent so he ought to know how this exactly works.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:26 pm 
Nice
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:05 pm 
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thanks for the nice comments, heres some more

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:28 pm 
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I like the latest set, nice panning. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 23, 2010 8:34 pm 
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thanks evolution, i took about 1000 pics today :D because i was using 4fps burst mode. just looking through the shots ive got.

if anyone else goes to oulton park, go to knickerbrook, its a slower corner so makes panning a bit easier. tried it on a straight but the bikes were doing 200mph so it didnt turn out too well there

good day out for £12


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how much of a difference would a vr lens make to panning shots, ive got one but its only 18-55mm, i was thinking of saving up for the 300mm version


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New to photography, no VR on the lens, you did a great job. Interesting comments from Joris

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im not entirely new (still a noob tho), bought a d40x a few years ago but havnt really done any in the last year due to work commitments,

i was trying out my tamron 70-300 only cost me £100, some pretty good results, got jealous though at the lenses the pros there had, one of them is worth nearly the same as my car

http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nikon-500mm-f4-ed-vr-af-s-nikkor-lens/p1024132

tip for people wanting to do panning, shoot in raw, i shot in raw + jpeg and the processed raws look better than the jpegs. i also messed up in the beginning and had white balance set to florescent so everything was blue, it was easy to change it on the raw files.


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The problem for action/sports/aviation/... photography with Nikon, glass-wise that is, is their lack of a professional (but still 'affordable' - I mean, less than € 2000) 300/400mm zoom lens. At the moment they have:

- the AF-S 70-300mm ED IF VR (pretty good lens but needs to be stopped down once you get to 200-250-300mm),
- the AF 80-400 VR: lacks a fast SWM autofocusing motor and is optically not brilliant,
- the AF-S 200-400 f/4 VR II, a professional lens with a very high price tag (and incredibly heavy as well!).

What Nikon should develop is something like Canon's new 70-300L or Sony's 70-300G SSM, in addition to, say, a new 80-400 or 70-400G SSM like Sony has :).

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Love all the photos. I Have this lens, got it bundled with my camera, and didn't think it was capable of producing such good images as it is a cheap telephoto lens. Congradulations

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:48 pm 
Hi Stephen, Just stumbled across your pics while googling!

I dont suppose you got any pictures of classic bike number 248? Yellow leathers?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:32 am 
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hi atreyu is this the bike ? :D is it your bike

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ill have a look later to see if ive got any better ones, click the images to go to flickr to get the full size ones


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:41 pm 
thanks Stephen, From my uneducated opinion I would say they're great pictures. The weather conditions were unbelievable!! rain isn’t the word.

Yeah that’s me, the bike doesn't belong to me though, it's a amazing bike and goes well for a 45year old!


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