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June 6, 2007
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Canon EOS 10D
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1/500 second
Focal Length
300 mm
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Date Taken
May 27, 2007, 12:14:48 PM


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Riding on Water by Andrew-and-Seven Riding on Water by Andrew-and-Seven
Taken at the World Superbikes Race at Silverstone a fortnight ago. It was horribly wet on race day and the organisers cancelled the last half of the day for safety reasons.

Thanks as usual to for the media pass that allows me to take otherwise impossible shots of these incredibly skilled riders.
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monosolo Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Stunning clarity and sharpness, whats your secret..
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Secret? None mate. A media pass helps get close enough otherwise it's just practice at panning / tracking within the limits of the camera. The 10D was very limited which made it a good learning tool for this game. My 1D Mark III allows me to focus better and rip off more shots per sec, but keeping the focus point where you want it is something no camera can do.

I shoot about 2500 shots a race meet. So practice I'm not short of but is essential.

Thanks ! :) I love this shot too. One of my real faves.
ZRX1200R Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
the detail and crispness is amazing.
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
cheers ! And for the watch too, I'll wear it often ;)
Gilly71 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay, so i took hundreds of TT shots.

I thought they were rather good.

I was happy.

very happy.

You just took the wind from my sails.
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
?? You are joking right? ?
Gilly71 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I dont think mine are anywhere near as good as yours.

I don't seem to be able to get them as sharp as anyone elses.
from the entire practice week, i managed only 1 good shot of Bruce Anstey. 1!!!
Blur, seems to be my middle name.
Am i being too critical of my own work?
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ach stop beating yourself man. How many do you take of a race? I'd expect 600-700 of each race dude. That way you're bound to get more right than just shooting 100 per race.

You could try a monopod but I find them restrictive, keep the speed up if they are travelling towards you. It could be that the camera's autofocus system just isn't quick/accurate enough but surely it can't be worse than my 10D's.

Best tip I can suggest is to think more about where you stand - it is sooo much easier to shoot these bikes when they travel slow (corners) and run across you instead of towards you. That way you give yourself as big an advantage as possible. Check out the race shots on and think about how many are taken from the side on, or in tight corners.
Gilly71 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
most places i go to are the slowest you can find on the tt course. Braddan bridge, hairpin, gooseneck. governors dip. but i think ur right about the autofocus, its just not quick enough.

i didnt take so many shots this year because i only had practice week to play with. and they only did 4 laps tops.
besides, i only get 4-6 laps to get a decent shot on a race day anyway, compared to 25-30 laps on the BSB race circuits. so i shouldnt complain really eh ;)
actually, i was unlucky this year, one practice session was called off due to the weather & another cut short because 3 bikers collided & set the hedge on fire at Glen Hellen.
I should really be happy i got anything decent at all! :)
Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
That's the spirit ! Yeah I forgot you only get a handful of laps to catch them which makes it a real pressure job.

Get yourself to Oulton next month man - then you'll see what you can do. Pack a tent and let me know.
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