Racing, up close

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Dean Rachwitz
Dean Rachwitz Regular Member • Posts: 345
Racing, up close

Inspired by the intense mind and body focus required for racing, I shot a series of photos framed tightly on the racer, hoping to depict the action of the moment in the rider's body and face.

Firebird Raceway has a turn where the racers pass very close to a low concrete wall. I was able to position myself on the other side of the wall, and therefore take pictures just a few feet from the bikes as they went past.

I set the D90 (with 70-300VR) in AF-C and began tracking the bikes a second or so before they passed me. I pressed the shutter just as the rider filled the frame. In spite of the fact that the riders were passing at a pretty good speed, the focus was really quite accurate.

The bright afternoon Arizona sun makes properly exposing without blowing out the bright reflective whites of the bikes and gear difficult, but these pictures fairly accurately depict the brightness of the scene.

Pics have had almost no PP, mainly just cropping. They could do with a bit of sharpening to my taste, but I tend to want more than is necessary.

C&C welcome as always.

Flickr page for the set is here:
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WinningKolors Regular Member • Posts: 235
Re: Racing, up close

really nice job...Rudy

junksecret Senior Member • Posts: 1,157
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Dean,

Having taken a stab or two at this kind of shot I can only say, great job.

It's interesting to see the different places the riders seem to be focused on, given I assume they were all taken in the same spot in the turn?

Thanks for posting, really a nice job.

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gerryd04 Veteran Member • Posts: 8,123
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Nice Dean, first is great with the little bit of extra info like knee on road and clear glass on the visor all adding that little bit, the bold colours also helps, good to see the D90 tracking well.

Would have liked to see some variety, even at 50mm or so with the full bike and a few feet of space in front or a glimpse of the bike behind etc, but understand that with sport you get what you get depending on location and gear, and no doubt the different perspective will be there next time round

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Chang108 Contributing Member • Posts: 721
Re: Racing, up close

These are good shots that shows the riders in action.
Thanks for sharing.

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DigitalJeff Contributing Member • Posts: 609
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Excellent captures.... Very intense action.... Great colors...Thanks for sharing

Graeme Field Senior Member • Posts: 1,761
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Great pics Dean. I feel that you might have cropped a bit heavy. I would have loved to see the whole bike in some shots. BTW, I have this lens and like it a lot. Graeme in oz
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Marriott
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All of these are very good, but the first one is outstanding. Just the look of determination in the eyes does it for me. All the concentration, intensity and effort come right through the screen. Are you planning to offer this one to some racing magazines? If I were a photo editor, I'd buy it.
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Dan Bolger
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Wow ! those are kick ass if you ask me. Colour, focus and framing all very well done.

I don't mind not seeing the whole bike, to me these shots are about the riders and convey the extreme concentration/anticipation required by this sport. As others have mentioned your first one with the clear visor does this perfectly.

Thanks for sharing these.
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davidmamartin Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: Racing, up close

Nice captures, but is the lens showing a touch of CA - looking at the black and white numbers there is definitely some colour fringing.

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Dean Rachwitz
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Gerry,

gerryd04 wrote:

Would have liked to see some variety, even at 50mm or so with the
full bike and a few feet of space in front or a glimpse of the bike
behind etc, but understand that with sport you get what you get
depending on location and gear, and no doubt the different
perspective will be there next time round

Gerry,

Thank you. These photos were meant to explore this specific point of view, focused on the rider. I took over 4500 pics this weekend from all sorts of angles. If you take a look at my Flickr page, you'll see examples of photos that show the whole bike as well as other riders.

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Dean Rachwitz
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Marriot,

Marriott wrote:

All of these are very good, but the first one is outstanding. Just
the look of determination in the eyes does it for me. All the
concentration, intensity and effort come right through the screen.
Are you planning to offer this one to some racing magazines? If I
were a photo editor, I'd buy it.

Thank you!

I would consider offering some of my pictures to magazines, but I honestly don't know how to go about it.
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Dean Rachwitz
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Re: Racing, up close

Dan Bolger wrote:

Wow ! those are kick ass if you ask me. Colour, focus and framing
all very well done.

I don't mind not seeing the whole bike, to me these shots are about
the riders and convey the extreme concentration/anticipation required
by this sport. As others have mentioned your first one with the clear
visor does this perfectly.

Thanks, Dan! I'm glad to see that what I intended to capture came through in the photos.

Now to get more racers to wear clear visors.

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Dean Rachwitz
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davidmamartin wrote:

Nice captures, but is the lens showing a touch of CA - looking at the
black and white numbers there is definitely some colour fringing.

David,

Yes, I noticed that, too. Between the anti-CA routines in the D90 and the typically good performance of this lens, I am unsure what caused that in these pictures.

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Jerdog Contributing Member • Posts: 987
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great shots.....very nicely done!

bluenoser23
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With the emphasis on *touch*...

davidmamartin wrote:

Nice captures, but is the lens showing a touch of CA - looking at the
black and white numbers there is definitely some colour fringing.

These images are outstanding! Really great work (or "kick-ass" as Dan rightly said!)

I really think the comment about CA is nitpicking as - too my eyes - the CA is marginal and certainly doesn't take away from the pictures in any "real" way.

Thanks for helping me decide to get the 70-300!!

Kind regards,

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thomas2279 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,876
Re: Racing, up close

nice series..........
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davidmamartin Regular Member • Posts: 324
Re: With the emphasis on *touch*...

bluenoser23 wrote:

davidmamartin wrote:

Nice captures, but is the lens showing a touch of CA - looking at the
black and white numbers there is definitely some colour fringing.

These images are outstanding! Really great work (or "kick-ass" as Dan
rightly said!)

I really think the comment about CA is nitpicking as - too my eyes -
the CA is marginal and certainly doesn't take away from the pictures
in any "real" way.

I agree with you there - it has no material effect on the pic at this size and the close crop makes a really powerful set of images. However... it is still there and I am considering getting shot of a bunch of stuff to get a 70-300 so it is of interest.

..d

Dean Rachwitz
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David,

Take a look at my Flickr page and you'll see many sharp, CA free images taken with the 70-300VR. It isn't perfect, of course, but it is very versatile and performs well for the money.
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