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Taken Brands Hatch final round of the British Superbike Championship 2006 30/09/06 16.35.

This shot is of Steve Neate on his British Supersport (600cc machines run as support championship) Honda RR machine.

He regularly ground out his footpegs on this corner and after several missed shots, I finally got him doing it. I love his helmet design, and generally the bike always looked well prepared.

I thought about B&W like the others, and am yet unconvinced about these shots in colour. Tell me what you think please?

1/500sec f5.6 ISO200 70-200 f2.8 Sigma at 200mm
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
I think that this shot is amazing and colour helps you see the sparks from the grounding!!! I just love how you managed to capture the bike in perfect stillness with the motion in the background!!!! :D
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks - it is usually a case of finding the shutter speed that works for that corner as you describe. At this point the bikes are probably doing about 50mph/80kph so not that fast really, with a bit of practice I can produce a good sharp crop from a corner during a race.

Mind sometimes nowt works so I guess luck has something to do with it.
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
Indeed that and hand eye co-ordination and the element of speed judgements and understanding time delays on your reactions... Wow - aren't human beings so complex... to be able to do all this - gives me a headache just thinking about ti!
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
And me now !!

If you're gonna get all scientific on me I'll have to have Anadin standing by.... :)

It's luck really honey, and a bit of practice. The Servo focussing and comparatively slow speed of the bike takes much of the skill out of it thankfully.
ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
ahhhhh thats why your a natural - cos you can't understand how it all breaks down but practice means it works!!!! woot for star wars... still want a cloak like they all wear!!!
syrinxx Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007   Photographer
Spectacular shot, great timing, and perfect framing :+fav: :)
PS - I like the color, it gives it more energy I think
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks ;)
Gilly71 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Now thats an amazing shot! Crystal clear with great colour.

I agree with Silver, you'd lose the impact of the sparks with B&W
everydayrenee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007
I'm not into racing or motorbikes, but boy do I have to give you kudos on this on Andrew!

A M A Z I N G capture.

The clarity is phenomenal! The color is vibrant (did you up it a little?)!!

Very impressive, sir!
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well it's no surprise that I did up it a little, not so much on the rider or bike, but I burnt in the background and foreground to 'balance' the image more - it looked odd with him so distinct and contrasty but the rest was washed out and bland. All I did to the subject was a couple of trick sharpening techniques to help 3-D him a little.

The light was just 100% perfect so not much left for me to do :)
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