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Pulling Ahead
Pulling Ahead
nborton


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Challenge: Speed (Classic Editing)
Camera: Canon EOS-10D
Lens: Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO Macro Super for Canon
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
Date: Jun 28, 2003
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/30
Galleries: Sports, Photojournalism
Date Uploaded: Jun 29, 2003

The picture is of racing at Bowman Gray race track in Winston-Salem, NC. It was part of the weekly Nascar series.

I practiced for the race by taking shots of cars going down the road in front of my house. However, taking shots of race cars moving at much higher speeds was quite a bit harder than shots of cars going 35 mph.

I experimented with different crops, but decided to go with one that was wide and not very tall to emphasize linear speed and all the horizontal lines in the photo. I took this picture with a Sigma 70-300mm 4-5.6 APO lens. As far as post shot adjustments, I cropped the picture in Photoshop, sharpened it a bit, and adjusted the contrast.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 188
Avg (all users): 6.6266
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.6700
Avg (non-participants): 6.5940
Views since voting: 2591
Votes: 233
Comments: 31
Favorites: 3 (view)


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06/12/2004 10:52:18 PM
very good pan shot.
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08/07/2003 09:33:13 PM
by the way here is all the exif info, if anyone cares.

File Name
111_1194.JPG
Camera Model Name
Canon EOS 10D
Shooting Date/Time
6/28/2003 8:13:17 PM
Shooting Mode
Shutter Speed Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed )
1/30
Av( Aperture Value )
8.0
Metering Mode
Evaluative
Exposure Compensation
-1
ISO Speed
200
Lens
70.0 - 300.0 mm
Focal Length
149.0 mm
Image Size
3072x2048
Image Quality
Fine
Flash
Off
White Balance
Daylight
AF Mode
Manual Focus
Parameters
Contrast Normal
Sharpness Normal
Color saturation Normal
Color tone Normal
Color Space
sRGB
File Size
1756KB
08/07/2003 09:28:16 PM
in a response to bosie (if anyone ever looks again). i was panning at an extremely slow shutter speed in part because i wanted to get a panning image so the background was blured. on a bright afternoon i wouldn't have shot so slow, however, it was at dusk and there wasn't enough light to shoot at a faster shutter speed and still have a normaly exposed shot. i was reading in a national geographic photography help book made up of their photographers a couple of weeks after i shot this, and they said to start around 1/250th of a sec for racing. and the better you get the slower you can go. however, i had to make a huge compromise because of the lack of light. so i had to be all that much steadier. personaly i am pretty suprised about it now when i think about it. it should have been much harder than it seemed at the time.
08/04/2003 07:27:48 AM
why the hell is it sharp although you shot 1/30?
nice anyway
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07/09/2003 01:31:02 AM
oh, and also if you want to see some other shots of the same night they are here Speed Outakes.
07/09/2003 01:27:04 AM
thanks for the comments everyone
 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/08/2003 11:56:23 PM
Excellent panning! Wish the photo was bigger / less cropped...
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07/08/2003 08:55:01 PM
Excellent blurring of the stands, with good focus on the subjects....
Definitely conveys speed!
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07/08/2003 05:05:26 PM
This is so well done! I'm impressed that you got the cars so well in focus! 9
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07/07/2003 06:49:18 PM
I like the shot but the composition just doesn't seem quite right. The cars seem very small. Technically the sharpness is very good - your panning is great.
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07/07/2003 06:20:35 PM
Very cool. It must take good timing to accomplish that effect. Especially at that speed.
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07/06/2003 06:39:41 AM
Wow, great panning skills! The cars are amazingly sharp and in focus compared to the background, cool!
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07/05/2003 11:19:35 PM
great panning shot!
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07/04/2003 11:34:07 AM
those cars look like toys or are they? otherwise i give it an 8
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07/04/2003 02:10:17 AM
Wow, thats SHARP! Great.
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07/03/2003 11:53:20 PM
I really really like this photo... i think it shows exactly what the challenge is.
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07/03/2003 07:40:28 PM
I wish that we could have used a motion blur in our pictures for that is what we needed in a motion image. Nice work
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07/03/2003 01:26:03 AM
I really like how you did this, everything but the two cars blurred.
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07/02/2003 06:06:38 PM
Nice composition. Crisp and clean. [7]
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07/02/2003 05:58:27 PM
Excellent - one of only a handful of entries that really convey the illusion of speed. The colours are great as is the focus. Spot on !! You've got my vote for blue ribbon
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07/02/2003 04:33:08 PM
7
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07/02/2003 01:49:28 PM
This is a great capture and fits the "speed" theme perfectly. Both cars are frozen perfectly, while the blur of the background shows some high speed! Very well done.
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07/02/2003 12:31:53 PM
Whoo, good capture of speed. Love the colors.
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07/02/2003 12:19:38 PM
Good shot, I think I'd crop out some of the space at the top, though, to concentrate on the cars.
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07/02/2003 11:55:53 AM
nice capture!
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07/02/2003 11:37:08 AM
Great job of panning -- this should certainly be a contender!
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07/02/2003 10:21:16 AM
Posting this photo to the forums and then using it in the challenge was probably not a great idea :)
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07/02/2003 07:42:26 AM
Excellent panning !
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07/02/2003 03:55:49 AM
Car racing is great for speed photos. These guys must have been going, what, 180mph? You did an excellent job to freeze them, and to have the stands & road completely blurred out. Good choice to use the green car in the photo, as the color really stands out. Good Luck!
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07/02/2003 03:25:20 AM
Perfect pan! Great colors! Should do very well this competition. My only problem is that this photo should be larger! And why isn't it?
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07/02/2003 12:32:36 AM
cean shot! crisp detail to the cars. nice motion. one of my favorites 9
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