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Oulton Park

I'm trying to look at my sport with the eye of a photographer and improve my technique. Taken on a cloudy day and trying to give the impression of the atmosphere of a low key racing event. Any advice gratefully received.

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Hmmm - Aston - Tasty
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I would try not to put your main subject dead centre of the frame.

Here the car is placed on the right bottom third and all the uninteresting areas are cut from the frame



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Re: Oulton Park

Thanks for the advice re correct sub-forum and cropping Adam. I was looking to capture a sort of Marshalls eye view of the event in the frame, but from a public area. I'll post more in the In Search of... forum. In the mean time, exactly as it came off the camera, bar a resize for the forum, and with the entry level E450 and lens from a fire salvage outlet....

Big Mac



I understand digital photgraphy purchases can be quite fashion driven, at the price the E450 was sold for last year I fail to see why it seems I'm the only guy at an event carrying one of these wee beasties. A real joy to use, and serious imaging system for the beginner (my level) I'd say.

Lastly.... Scarred - A battle damaged E-Type that's going to cause somebody pain in the pocket.....

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Nice panning technique the E450 is a little cracker
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I have a whole bunch of injuries and a metal hip joint that can make me a little unsteady on my feet on rough ground, and a bit stiff at times. It takes me a while to warm up and get my panning action working smoothly.
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Re: Oulton Park

There usually posing with their big canikons, their giant white bodied lenses and having them on a monopod because there so heavy.
Went to this event last year, a bit of a letdown with the amount of compeditors.
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Re: Oulton Park

Oulton Park, great track! The first shot you posted is a little too cluttered for my liking and you are not immediately drawn to the car. There is too much track furniture.

The second and third are much better, you have a good panning technique. Are these crops?

Hope you stick around, not many of us motorsport photographers on here!
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Re: Oulton Park

The E-type and the Astons are indeed crops of larger images. The McLaren was only resized for the forum, no other editing at all on that one.

@rsh The thing about Oulton as it seems to me - you don't need the heavy weight kit. The 180mm zoom was almost too much at times, and there are plenty of public places where the debris fence doesn't destroy the shot..... Somebody showing up with the classic 1000mm+ that seems to be almost mandatory with the pro's must be trying to photograph cars in the hairpin from Knicker Brook or Clay Hill....
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Re: Oulton Park

Your 1st shot has too much uninteresting elements particuarly the marshalls coat, it really dominates the image. Because of this the cars are a bit lost and look static.
The other 2 images are better more about the car and the sense of speed. How about trying for a 3/4 front shot rather than 3/4 rear. Adds more interest with the car coming towards you rather than going away. There is also the the possiblity of getting the drivers face. A side on pan will give you more sense of speed with a blurred background and movement in the wheels.

The reason for big lens is not just the reach but the significant gain in F stop and focusing speed particularly in low light.

Oulton Park has a number elevation changes and a good shot can be had with the cars coming over one of these. It is also good for photography due to the small number of high fences.

Keep them coming, you will develop your technique and style working out what works best for you.

I have mainly shoot British Superbike racing at Oulton Park.
This shot was taken just after the bridge on Clay Hill
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Cropped from a larger image. A Mark II Zakspeed Escort replica at Lodge.



...And a Lola T70 demonstrating what mechanics do to radiators to try and keep temperatures up on cool days, at Old Hall, which came out a little softer than I would have liked.


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How about trying for a 3/4 front shot rather than 3/4 rear. Adds more interest with the car coming towards you rather than going away. There is also the the possiblity of getting the drivers face. A side on pan will give you more sense of speed with a blurred background and movement in the wheels.

The reason for big lens is not just the reach but the significant gain in F stop and focusing speed particularly in low light.

Oulton Park has a number elevation changes and a good shot can be had with the cars coming over one of these. It is also good for photography due to the small number of high fences.

Keep them coming, you will develop your technique and style working out what works best for you.

I have mainly shoot British Superbike racing at Oulton Park.
Agreed. Wonderful photograph by the way. Fine detail on the bike and rider, but a satisfying impression of speed.
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Re: Oulton Park

Do you have any processing software?

I think you could benefit a little from running a noise reduction, sharpening and a contrast boost.
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Do you have any processing software?

I think you could benefit a little from running a noise reduction, sharpening and a contrast boost.
I have given the gentlest of clean ups on some of the pictures, but I'm naturally cack handed, naturally tend to hang back on editing. It's an amcient version of Photoshop Elements, originally came with a Nikon Coolpix 4300 in about 2004, and some where here I have a copy of the GIMP. I gave up on the bundled Olympus software when the trial license expired.
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