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I went back to the track today and got some better results. The first 4 pictures are from sunday. The last 6 are from today. Tips and ideas are welcome..

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommypops/sets/72157604900775664/.

Tommy..

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I'm a novice, but I think your pics are great! Good job. Where was this at? I was just at the Long Beach Grand Prix, but without a DSLR. My point n shoot was a joke. Next year I'm taking the D60...

Comment #1

Those are at Indianapolis during practice for the Indy 500 later this month...

Comment #2

The pics are pretty nice, but there's a few things I noticed..

First off, don't shoot through fencing if you don't have to. Looks like you found some places where you can avoid it. Some of the shots where you shot through fencing - looks like Tower Terrace north of the pits - if you go to the top row you can shoot over the fencing. Also I'm seeing focal lengths of 90-135... ideally that's too short for shooting from the Tower Terrace - you should be able to go 200-300mm. Obviously if you don't have a lens that long that's not an option, but if you do, zoom in more..

Also, are you using a filter? There's absolutely no reason to be shooting at ISO 400 on a sunny day - ISO 100-200 is more suitable for conditions. Some of the shutter/aperture/ISO combinations I'm seeing are making me think you had a polarizer on? Case in point, your Enrique Bernoldi shot - ISO 400, F5.3, 1/800... At ISO 400, F5.3, shutter speed should be more like 1/4000 - this tells me your losing 2 stops of light somewhere. If you are using a polarizer - ditch it, crank the ISO down to 100 and shoot 1/500 at F8, or ISO 200, 1/500 F11.

Hopefully you'll get some better weather in the next few days than you got today..

Have fun.

Peavyt15 wrote:.

I went back to the track today and got some better results. Thefirst 4 pictures are from sunday. The last 6 are from today. Tips andideas are welcome..

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommypops/sets/72157604900775664/.

Tommy.

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Comment #3

I am using a 55-200VR right now with no filters of any kind. As for the rest of my settings, I am new to photography and was still experimenting to see what would work the best. This was the first time I was shooting anything moving at all and I wasn't sure how the extreme speed would affect the pictures. I appreciate the tips and will try it out next time I am at the speedway. Thanks a bunch for the tips!.

Tommy..

Comment #4

That's wierd - some of those settings like the Bernoldi shot should be totally blown out with no filter. Granted some of them are 'slightly' overexposed, but nothing like they should be - unless it was darker than it looks, but I seriously doubt it by the glare and shadows I'm seeing..

As for the extreme speed, as long as you're panning you can get away with 1/125-1/800. You don't want to freeze it too much or else it looks like the car is standing still, like your Ed Carpenter shot at 1/1600..

If you go to qualifying, E stand Penthouse is a great place to shoot from:.

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Peavyt15 wrote:.

I am using a 55-200VR right now with no filters of any kind. As forthe rest of my settings, I am new to photography and was stillexperimenting to see what would work the best. This was the firsttime I was shooting anything moving at all and I wasn't sure how theextreme speed would affect the pictures. I appreciate the tips andwill try it out next time I am at the speedway. Thanks a bunch forthe tips!.

Tommy.

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Comment #5

I can't remember the exact settings on the Bernoldi. I know I had some exposure comp, ISO 400 I believe and it was taken with apeture priority which I didn't mean to use. It is cropped and sharpened and I used some D-lighting...

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