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  • Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

    I have a friend who races in the Formular Jedi - (single seat, open wheel cars powered by high end bike engines).
    When he comes to Snetterton I try and catch up with him and have a go at motorsport photography.
    I still have a LOT to learn, doing it once a year means I'm beginning to get OK at the end of the day

    All taken with my OM-D E-M10 and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 R

    Any constructive comments welcome...


    Jedis at Agostini by AMcUK, on Flickr


    Porsche 924 on Bentley Straight by AMcUK, on Flickr


    Smoking MX5 at Murrays by AMcUK, on Flickr


    Overcooking at Murrays by AMcUK, on Flickr
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcuk/

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    Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

    You can practice your panning on any road! Well worth doing.
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      Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

      I know the feeling about being out of practice - I used to love going up to Silverstone for lots of panning, but the kids aren't that interested!
      My suggestions - I'd drop the shutter speed on the panning. Start at about 1/125s, and stick with that for a while until you're happy with what you're getting then try dropping the speed (shutter priority is useful here given the cloud cover can often go in and out, it gives you one less thing to worry about), as you'll get lovely blur at 1/60s or below on cars going this speed.
      I'd conversely then up the shutter speed for your head on shots to get them nice and crisp.
      Everyone is different in terms of panning technique. I personally can't stand using a monopod and I take single shots as the burst mode puts me off. Expect lots of duds, but that's the joy of digital and what prompted me to buy my first DSLR!


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      • #4
        Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

        This is one from Silverstone the other week - sun was right at us, so was never going to be a beautifully exposed shot but it was more about practising panning.

        Britcar-4030162 by Silverstone, on Flickr

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          Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

          Originally posted by Beagletorque View Post
          You can practice your panning on any road! Well worth doing.
          Cheers! You'd get some funny looks in my village at <30mph though

          Originally posted by Aniseedvan View Post
          I know the feeling about being out of practice - I used to love going up to Silverstone for lots of panning, but the kids aren't that interested!
          My suggestions - I'd drop the shutter speed on the panning. Start at about 1/125s, and stick with that for a while until you're happy with what you're getting then try dropping the speed (shutter priority is useful here given the cloud cover can often go in and out, it gives you one less thing to worry about), as you'll get lovely blur at 1/60s or below on cars going this speed.
          I'd conversely then up the shutter speed for your head on shots to get them nice and crisp.
          Everyone is different in terms of panning technique. I personally can't stand using a monopod and I take single shots as the burst mode puts me off. Expect lots of duds, but that's the joy of digital and what prompted me to buy my first DSLR!
          Thanks for the tips!
          The Jedis average 96mph around the circuit - nearly 200bhp in a 500kg machine That's why that one is at 1/1000.

          The 924 would have been better with a bit more wheel and background blur but I was struggling with focus so I started to up the shutter speed to try and get something usable or at least work out if I was getting missed focus or movement. Not really a great idea. It isn't really that sharp either but I still quite like it.

          The Mazda would have benefitted from a faster shutter, it's only 1/160 so neither one or the other. One of the problems I was facing was some of the cars were overbraking/outbraking into the corner so to catch them you wanted a fast shutter but a lot were also oversteering out of the corner which wanted a pan.
          The two Boxsters I was lucky to get either of them in focus as they were past me when I realised what the blue car was up to.

          There were any number of obvious mistakes I made. I was using the same settings for the front on shots that I was using for the pans. I also missed a couple of interesting moments because I was looking the other way.

          Originally posted by Aniseedvan View Post
          This is one from Silverstone the other week - sun was right at us, so was never going to be a beautifully exposed shot but it was more about practising panning.
          That's a cracking shot - what focus mode were you using or were you setting a manual focus?

          I experimented with C-AF and C-AF tracking as well as S-AF. I was generally using burst mode. I guess I really needed to think a bit more about what I was shooting and resist the temptation to point and shoot at everything without checking the settings.

          Perhaps I'll remember to brush up on settings before I go rather than afterwards in 2017

          Cheers for looking and for the suggestions!
          https://www.flickr.com/photos/amcuk/

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            Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

            Depends more on how far away you are! Think of the arc length Vs the radius. 30 close up is a fast pan!

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              Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

              Originally posted by Beagletorque View Post
              Depends more on how far away you are! Think of the arc length Vs the radius. 30 close up is a fast pan!
              Sure, but a punch in the face is still a punch in the face . I don't think I would be at all popular - if I were to practice I'd need to find some faster roads where it would be more difficult to make eye contact with the drivers and they'd find it harder to screech to a stop and get out
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                Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

                Originally posted by AMc View Post


                That's a cracking shot - what focus mode were you using or were you setting a manual focus?

                I experimented with C-AF and C-AF tracking as well as S-AF. I was generally using burst mode. I guess I really needed to think a bit more about what I was shooting and resist the temptation to point and shoot at everything without checking the settings.

                Perhaps I'll remember to brush up on settings before I go rather than afterwards in 2017

                Cheers for looking and for the suggestions!
                That was CAF, single shot mode, I never got on with burst mode using my DSLR for panning, and figured it would be the same with the Oly.
                I tried tracking but it wasn't really working (again, I used to find that never worked brilliantly on the DSLR either). There's definitely a different technique using the Oly as the AF could be a little ponderous at times, but once I started understanding how it differed for me, the shots got a little better.

                I'd see if you can get along to some other events during the year, the minor races are usually pretty reasonable, here at Silverstone things like the BARC meetings are usually a tenner. There's no substitute for practice of course the ideal would be getting yourself a media vest so you can stand without those pesky fences getting in the way. One day I'll manage that....!

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                • #9
                  Re: Motor racing at Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, UK

                  Thanks for the extra information.
                  I'm lucky that I've got competitor tickets the last couple of times for the Jedi etc. I might go along when my friends do a track day. I've no desire to take Motorsport seriously as a specialism but it would be good to get better results next year esp. as my friend who competes appreciates the pictures.
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