First night bmx shoot!

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  1. pbrr1der

    pbrr1der TPF Noob!

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    I just got my camera like 2 days ago, so this is my first attempt at night action photos. Most of these were taken within the 1600-3200 iso range, really had no choice, and the flash on the body of my d5000. Please cc!

    1. This was an experiment with the rear curtain flash. Cool IMO
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    Sorry for all the pics, I got some more I'd like to post up so if you wanna see more check out my flickr!
     
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    Interesting shots! One thing you might want to give a try is to let the ambient light blend in a bit more, try using slower shutter speeds with higher apertures (tripod recommended ;-)) and then flash to freeze the motion.

    And try getting more out the compositions, you've got a skilled rider so make sure to get the most out of the shots. Pay attention to everything in the shot (including lights/shadows/backgrounds) and see how you can make them help you create a wicked image!

    If you're really interested in doing more (nighttime) action stuff, you might want to look into getting some off camera flashes :)

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanx, yea a faster lens and an off camera flash would have helped out alot. When I slowed down the shutter speed a little bit, he would get blurry, even with the flash so I was having to max the shutter out at 1/200 which is as fast as it could go with a flash to get a decent sharp image. Besides the first pic of course.
     
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    Good experience so far, you're getting him at the pinnacle of action so you clearly have your timing down. I'd suggest going out again and renting a flash, this would let you really light things up and get a better shot. Usually it is pretty cheap, I go through BorrowLenses.com - Camera Rental and Canon/Nikon/Sony Lens Rental because of Scott Bourne :p
     
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    Thanx, i took about 125 shots and had about 80 that turned out pretty good. I think a better flash really would make the shots look tons better. But that's a whole new beast to learn. I'll give it a try soon. I think we r going to try it again during the day!
     
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    my 5 year old wants to BMX race.. I have a friend that will help us when he gets off the training wheels..

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