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Shakey v 205bhp by Andrew-and-Seven Shakey v 205bhp by Andrew-and-Seven
Ok I know I'm being good to you bike race followers, and apologies to the rest of you. I have some interesting night time shots of London, a day at Kew Gardens (today in fact) and tomorrow it's a bird of prey centre - so there's plenty normal stuff to come.

This was taken at Oulton Park with the Ellison shot, here from a little further up the track at Clay Hill. Shane 'Shakey' Byrne onboard the Suzuki GSXR1000 K5 machine, sponsored by the unmissable Rizla, the cigarette paper people.

Thanks as ever to Jay and Tasha at Londonbikers.com for the press arrangements for access to these events, a pass to get close enough for a mere 200mm lens, and the motivation to get my ass out there. Forever in your debt guys.

22/07/06 11.22 1/750sec f5.6 ISO100 200mm on Sigma 70-200 f2.8 HSM EX
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monosolo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
Absolutely razor sharp, don't they just make the effort worth while when you get one like this, the angle of light and the back drop, front wheel in the air.
Perfection

:thumbsup:
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers Ian, and love the 12R shots. But I'm gonna watch you for the portraits. I want to start shooting them and yours are great so mebbe I can learn from ya!
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MeanInGreen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007   Photographer
just noticed the worn paintwork on the bellypan!

ausome! :salute:
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MeanInGreen Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007   Photographer
great shot!

pity Rizla didnt treat him too well, fond memories of shakey on the monstermob duke!

perfect shot, i want to get to this level!!!!
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, he's Stobart now isn't he? Hope he tries harder - that was the critisicm from Suzuki :o
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Ariel-L Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007
Very beautiful
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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HouserPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
Crack shot, mate. Crack shot!
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Gilly71 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
No matter how good i get MY shots, they will never be THIS good!
AWESOME!!!
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah practice grasshopper, practice. Half the secret is picking the right spot for the kit you have. I know the many limitations my kit has, and learned to work with them rather than fight them. Luck plays a part but really it's just safety in numbers. I'd shoot some 2000 images a weekend, most of bikes going fast and be lucky to get 100 sharp ones and of those mebbe 15 would be technically good shots ie the entire bike, sharp helmet etc. Then mebbe only 3-4 are good from a photographic/arty viewpoint.

How many would you shoot over a 3 day TT meet say?
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Gilly71 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
For TT week last year, i shot well over 3000 photos on 3 race days (& i still haven't really had a good look through them all).
I see what you mean about right spot for the kit. I had a tough time at Bradden Bridge in the evening practice session. too many shadows & decreasing light. & the day before, i'd been in the bright evening sunshine at Ballaugh Bridge fighting with an increasing amount of lens flare!
Thats a lesson learnt right there though :)
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah man that's what you've gotta look at and learn from. You can't reshoot so you've gotta think ahead. Took me some time to learn that, and then there's just the practice with the kit, esp panning. Try it with cars in the street etc

The reviewing facility is a godsend for racing, and I'm regularly checking how the exp is looking - esp the "Info" option to look at the histogram for burnout. You can bring shadows back but not burnt out detail.
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Gilly71 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
to be honest, my panning isnt too bad. i tend to rely on that kind of shot more these days, as they seem to come out sharper than the the others.
I'll be getting some new equipment soon, so I'll have to try some experiments with all that....

.....which is nice :)

Just tying to find the right lens really
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Oooo whatchu getting ??
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Gilly71 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I really don't know yet. Maybe this [link]
although its slightly out of my price range. I need something similar but not as pricey.
I'd have to sell my bike to afford something that would be ideal, & that aint gonna happen :)
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooh that's a beauty and would be tempted myself if not for the slow max aperture of f5.6 - I need something much faster really as the UK light can't be relied on for most of the race season.

Great glass tho being an L series and a decent price for the flexibility. My mate has the Sigma 100-300 f2.8 which is a super bit of lens, more expensive I think than this one but far better aperture. Sigma do a 100-300 f4 too which may be more inline with your budget? And with your camera that extra 100mm can be made up by cropping without losing too much resolution anyhow.

I'm hoping for a 300mm 2.8 Sigma prime lens shortly, ideally secondhand mind you, which will complement the 70-200 ok and be better qual while weighing less than Damon's 100-300 f2.8 :D

All comes down to money doesn't it, and while it's not earning money it's one big hole to throw it in.
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THEDOC4 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
:jawdrop: Awsome:
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homeforsummer Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007   Photographer
Fantastic photo... wheel off the deck and flying along... I'm liking the marks on Shakey's fairing, he's obviously been pretty low somewhere!
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah man, he's had it low no doubts. And to think they got rid 'cause they didn't think he was trying hard enough.....
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bigshotdan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Not sure I'd want the front wheel off the deck heading up that section. Very dramatic capture - I think this one would be perfect for some of your magic colour editing. Go on, you know you want to...
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahhhh blimey I've enough trouble leaving these things alone as it is.......
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bigshotdan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
It was just a 'gentle reminder'... :P
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
so you went in a journalistic copacity?
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah I shot the BSB season for the Londonbikers website - they organised press status for most of the races. We got passes for the UK World Supers and MotoGP rounds too but the boss man took them :( hehe.

I'm hoping to get a season pass this year and repeat the coverage. A bit of a dream come true you could say ;)
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007
wow thats awesome! so are you an employed photographer then and i'd just not realised? or just jobs here and there...
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Well to say "employed" infers I'm being paid for it, which I'm not. I'm part of that bike website I mentioned, and they have been very keen on covering the sports angle of the bike world, so applied for press accreditation and got it. So me and a mate, being keen snappers and personal friends with the owners, got the gig. We put in a lot of miles and therefore time and petrol to cover the racing, and don't even get our expenses paid. The site doesn't make any money yet so it's strictley voluntary at the mo. But everyone has to start somewhere :)
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007
oh i see! Still thats cool! People can see your work and may take an interest! Adds to validity for future "work" lolol And you enjoyed it! Isn't that what counts afterall!?
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed, it's an investment for the future I reckon. And just being able to ponce about in the press vest inside the fences is worth the cost of petrol alone hehe :yum:
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ArtlessHmmmm Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007
Indeed = better than any punters ticket!
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Toby-1-kenobi Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
THAT's the shot!!!
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Andrew-and-Seven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
hehe
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