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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:51 pm 
Synic,

Thanks for your kind words. Looks like the pics indeed tell the story rather than the moment !.

I'm an avid cyclist myself. #4 is definitely my favorite out of the sequence exactly because of what you describe. It tells a story.

Indeed it was the second to last lap and the guys in black were closing in to the guys in blue. I love the expression of the lead man looking back to see were the other team was.

Glad you enjoyed the photos. As for advise, I wouldn't be able to give any because that was actually my very first race / action shoot. If I had to summon what I learnt , I'd say:

- Shoot lots of pics. As I said, I shoot over 300 , and ended up with 20-30 keepers and maybe 2-4 "good shots"
- Having said that, instead of shooting mindlessly, THINK about what you want to capture. Is it expression of the face? Is it pain? Is it teamwork?. Think about what you want to capture. You'll be able to setup the shot a lot better if you think about the shot before snapping away
- Be mindful of the backgrounds
- Try to do some panning or longer shutter speed for effect (I didn't do it)
- Be mindful of ligh quality and direction. There's going to be a "best spot" for shooting depending on lighting conditions.
- have fun. I did

Looking forward to your pics !. The 18-200 is a great lens.

cheers


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:22 am 
Thanks for the tips ronan!

Can you tell me the settings that you used? Did you shoot in sports mode or shutter priority or something else?

I'll have to work on the "shoot a ton of photos" part. I'm ususally a snap snap and put the camera away type of person.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 11:01 am 
I used the Manual mode for most of the shotsw, but could have used P or A or S really. As it was sunny I wanted to try the Sunny 16 rule, and it worked, with minor tweaks.

Yeah, take lots of pics and also change your position around. I moved up and down the course to get the best spot and different angles.

Good luck!

cheers


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:23 pm 
nice


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