Guy Swarbrick

Guy Swarbrick

Lives in United Kingdom Berkshire, United Kingdom
Works as a Sports Photographer
Has a website at http://www.guyswarbrick.com/
Joined on Jan 6, 2005
About me:

Covering cycle sport since 2003. Went to my first track Worlds in 2008 and haven't missed one since.
Manchester 2008, Pruszkow 2009, Ballerup 2010, Apeldoorn 2011, Melbourne 2012, Minsk 2013, Cali 2014
First multisports event - Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
Clients include Belgian Cycling Hall of Fame, BikeNZ, British Cycling, Cycling Australia, Cycling Ireland, Cycling News, Cycling Weekly, Inpho, Malaysian Cycling Federation, Roadcycling.co.nz, Roadcycling.co.uk, Swiss Cycling

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On Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS post (20 comments in total)

Incrementally, not dramatically increased. There are far more Android phones out there than yPhones.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 20:23 UTC as 6th comment | 2 replies
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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lindseyp: #12 is a great photo, IMO. Getting that water spray adds to the intensity.

Thanks - I know almost nothing about hockey, so I was pretty much shooting blind. I had been briefed about the water, though and it was a good tip!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:23 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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StrongArm: I think you force use D810 in indoor sports photography.

If you intend to advertise the strengths of D810, you should pick the photos in outdoor sports photography, not indoor photography.

As you know, D810 has very high pixel densities so noise tends to increase dramatically as ISO speed ratings is increased.

You show the weakness of D810 using your indoor sports photography...

There are pictures of their hypothetical model here...

http://www.dxomark.com/About/In-depth-measurements/Measurements

Direct link | Posted on Aug 19, 2014 at 09:46 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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StrongArm: I think you force use D810 in indoor sports photography.

If you intend to advertise the strengths of D810, you should pick the photos in outdoor sports photography, not indoor photography.

As you know, D810 has very high pixel densities so noise tends to increase dramatically as ISO speed ratings is increased.

You show the weakness of D810 using your indoor sports photography...

It's true that - all other things being equal - higher pixel densities mean that noise increases as ISO speed ratings increase. Other things aren't necessarily equal, though.
Here's how the D810 does against it's close rivals - look at the Sports low light ISO rating (higher is better...)
http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Nikon-D810-sensor-review-New-DxOMark-leader/Nikon-D810-versus-Sony-A7R-versus-Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-III-D810-has-slight-advantage-over-nearest-rival

...but more importantly, look at it vs other cameras where indoor sports photography is absolutely what they're designed for. You would expect the D4s to outperform it and it does. Nothing else comes close. But vs Canon's 1Dx, the D810 wins...
http://www.dxomark.com/Cameras/Compare/Side-by-side/Nikon-D810-versus-Nikon-D4s-versus-Canon-EOS-1Dx___963_945_753

Direct link | Posted on Aug 18, 2014 at 07:40 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

To be clear, I do send edited JPGs for time sensitive clients, which is why I use a RAW+JPG workflow, but very rarely send a JPG straight OOC.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 17, 2014 at 21:30 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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Wubslin: No. Still not buying one. Not impressed at all.

Does it even focus properly, or is this miracle of technology too far beyond Nikon?

> Does it even focus properly

Yes. Yes, it does.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 22:06 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

I may dig a few out, just for my own amusement.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 12:21 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

I still have all the OOC JPGs, if anyone is interested - with those caveats...

Note also the discussion elsewhere on spot metering. It's the best way to get accurate exposures on the riders if you can nail the head, but with some kits - all black and all white, in particular, a couple of cm out and you'll be under or over by a stop or more, which obviously has to be corrected in post and is much easier to do with the RAW file.

Often what you'll find is a sequence of four or five frames with a rider moving towards you with one or two slightly off on the exposure and the rest spot on...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:54 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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davids8560: I'm thinking of getting a used D300 or D300S. I just want a decent Nikon. And I can only spend so much. But if I did get a D300 and then by chance got a chance somehow to use this camera, how sorry would I be?

Thanks.

It depends what you're going to use them for. I loved my D200, before I got my D3, and got some great images with it. When I replaced it with a D300S I was somewhat disappointed - not because it wasn't better than the D200 - it clearly was - but at just how far off the D3's performance it was, particularly indoors.

If it's going to be for general purpose use it'll be fine - they're both good cameras. If you're going to be doing any indoor sport, I'd look at a used D3 or D700 rather than a D300/s.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:41 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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jljones: Are all the images above jpegs straight from the camera?

No, none of them are - they're all RAW files output from Lightroom. That's what I typically send my clients, so I have no interest in how good or otherwise the OOC JPGs might be (other than how close they are to what I might send my client for immediate use at the venue, obviously, but that's typically 800 pixel wide web images anyway... they barely need to be in focus.).

I know it's an oft-requested thing in reviews, but in practice, even on the rare occasions I send a client a file straight out of the camera, it won't be with the default JPG settings. Contrast, sharpening and D-Lighting will almost certainly have been changed from the defaults.

And I wasn't resetting all of that for a major championships to provide default JPGs for an article (that I didn't know I was writing when I started!). :)

Direct link | Posted on Aug 16, 2014 at 10:38 UTC
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (217 comments in total)
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Apewithacamera: What brand of protector filter would you recommend for this lense?

The same brand I'd recommend for any lens.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 21:33 UTC
On Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK article (217 comments in total)

Wide angle...

http://nikon.com/about/feelnikon/recollections/r16_e/index.htm

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2014 at 21:25 UTC as 49th comment
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: I am also testing the D810 and it is a fabulous camera and performed well during BMX races and a cycle road race. The 5fps drive speed is better than 4fps, but still a tad slow.

In my view, it's the kind of camera I would want as an extra body (to the D4s) when shooting aspects at an event that do not require high speed drive. But I still wonder why 36 megapixels would be required for most sports event photography. (Why buy a 36MP camera to shoot 9MP RAW files?) Of course, it's not billed as a sports photography camera and would be ideal for wedding photography, for example. (I know several wedding pros who use the D800.)

Thanks Gordon.

I'll be completely neutral about it if I can ever 'ditch the DLSRs' for something better, but we're a long, long way from that.

Playing with the X-T1 in practice sessions and at Track League isn't the same as using it commercially 'in a pro sporting environment'. I didn't even take the Fujis to the Commies.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 21:50 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Nothing One can not do with a Pentax K3 the Photos were just ordinary
some nice shots but as I say nothing spectacular just photos any armature photographer could have taken them
Tom G

I traded in the ME Super or an SFXn which was... well, a mistake, frank;ly...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 21:14 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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tom1234567: Nothing One can not do with a Pentax K3 the Photos were just ordinary
some nice shots but as I say nothing spectacular just photos any armature photographer could have taken them
Tom G

I loved my ME Super...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 21:08 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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ScottRH: And question folks all want to know. Was the Frames Per Second fast enough? Unanswered.

I would say that they give us more options. I can take sports photos my my htc One M8, but there are far more sports photos that I can't take with it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 21:01 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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munro harrap: With the resolution at APS-C crop almost the same as the D4s, I never understood why people were still prepared to use them rather than the D800, so it is what I decided to get. The D810 reputedly has a stop noise advantage over the "old" machine. If this is the case, there is now even less need for D4s and their Canon equivalents, as at the same magnification you will not notice a lot of difference and with the group AF reintroduced, I can only envy those who waited!!
The Group AF and the extra stop are the clinchers for me, as resolution vanishes when noise gets to equal fine detail in size- why I returned my D300 in disgust.

But how are the orange-reds?? and the shocking pinks? I am still not happy with the colour in these areas at all. Identical subjects with a NEX7 are so much more colour accurate.

The D800s I have used simply cannot do reds properly at all

Thanks - I'll play around with it.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 19:00 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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munro harrap: With the resolution at APS-C crop almost the same as the D4s, I never understood why people were still prepared to use them rather than the D800, so it is what I decided to get. The D810 reputedly has a stop noise advantage over the "old" machine. If this is the case, there is now even less need for D4s and their Canon equivalents, as at the same magnification you will not notice a lot of difference and with the group AF reintroduced, I can only envy those who waited!!
The Group AF and the extra stop are the clinchers for me, as resolution vanishes when noise gets to equal fine detail in size- why I returned my D300 in disgust.

But how are the orange-reds?? and the shocking pinks? I am still not happy with the colour in these areas at all. Identical subjects with a NEX7 are so much more colour accurate.

The D800s I have used simply cannot do reds properly at all

I didn't particularly like the JPG rendition of the red in the England cycling jerseys in the velodrome, but I initially put that down to the lighting and, when the Lightroom upgrade came in towards the end of the week the RAW files seemed OK. The England hockey shorts and the Virgin Media logos behind them look about right.

Don't think I saw much in the way of shocking pink.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 18:13 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: I am also testing the D810 and it is a fabulous camera and performed well during BMX races and a cycle road race. The 5fps drive speed is better than 4fps, but still a tad slow.

In my view, it's the kind of camera I would want as an extra body (to the D4s) when shooting aspects at an event that do not require high speed drive. But I still wonder why 36 megapixels would be required for most sports event photography. (Why buy a 36MP camera to shoot 9MP RAW files?) Of course, it's not billed as a sports photography camera and would be ideal for wedding photography, for example. (I know several wedding pros who use the D800.)

You do need to be using an EN-EL18a battery or AAs in the grip, though, bizarrely...

The a6¦off tip is a good one - thanks.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 16:54 UTC
On Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions article (231 comments in total)
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Peter K Burian: I am also testing the D810 and it is a fabulous camera and performed well during BMX races and a cycle road race. The 5fps drive speed is better than 4fps, but still a tad slow.

In my view, it's the kind of camera I would want as an extra body (to the D4s) when shooting aspects at an event that do not require high speed drive. But I still wonder why 36 megapixels would be required for most sports event photography. (Why buy a 36MP camera to shoot 9MP RAW files?) Of course, it's not billed as a sports photography camera and would be ideal for wedding photography, for example. (I know several wedding pros who use the D800.)

HarryLally - Aaaargh! Can I never escape!? I left 22 years ago! But yes, that was me. One of the best jobs I've ever had. I made a few mistakes... including hiring Gordon! :)

He's still running CameraLabs but is now back in the UK (when he's not travelling). Great bloke.

MikeF4Black - The JToW is a great event. The pics will be at britishcycling.org.uk

Direct link | Posted on Aug 14, 2014 at 14:56 UTC
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