Motorcross - First Time (c&c)

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  1. fokker

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    Hi all, I just moved out to the country and discovered there is a motorcross track 10 minutes down the road from my house where they race often and practice every sunday. I went down this weekend got a few shots, these three are my favourite. Comments welcomed.

    These were all taken using my 70-300 IS USM on 40d. Posting from work and don't have the full exif data.

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    Thanks for looking.
     
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    I like #1 # 3 I think the colors need a tid bit boost just my opinion
     
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    I'm not sure how to improve on your pictures as that is how most of mine look also. I do like the first shot. Looks dry and dusty just like here in the southwest. However, I do know there is only one "r" in the name of the sport, it is motocross.
     
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  5. fokker

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    Thanks for pointing that out, I'll change the title now :)

    Thanks Gary I was hoping you would chip in here I always like your sport shots. I love the second and third shots you posted though in my situation at the time it wouldn't have been possible to get either of these shots. It was only a practice day so they weren't going too hard out over the jumps though I defintely agree I could do a much better angle than the one I posted. Actually that second shot of mine isn't really one of my favourites but it's the best mid-air one I got and was trying to pan a bit (probably needed a slightly slower shutter speed I think). Also, as vh5150 pointed out, it's a bit dry and dusty here to get a nice mud shot, but maybe I'll go back on a wetter day. Still, I love the angle and the action shown in your third pic.
    Also, not to try and sound like a prat or anything but I think my shot #1 is better than the shot #1 you posted! With the exception that mine looks muted and a bit underexposed by comparison (but I can fix that up easy enough, I blame the screen on ym laptop), but I reckon my one is abit more interesting ;)
     
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    My shot 1 is sharper :p
    This is like your shot 2 1/60 but with a bit of flash
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    i like to get in close with a bit of flash, maybe a bit too close
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    These are great photos! I would love to shoot some motorcross this summer however was concerned about having my gear around so much dust. Is there tips you might lend as to photographing in such a dusty environment in order to not ruin your lense and camera?
     
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    1st picture is really cool/nice! What shutter speed was that at and about how fast was that guy going?
     
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    He's right, using a flash would help you get sharper images. In terms of color, you can't really compare his pictures with yours since obviously yours takes place in a pretty arid environment :p
     
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    I only shoot with flash when i want to use a slow shutter speed and set it to second curtain sinc
     
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    Work on your panning. Get the pan down and the rest will fall into place.
     
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    Yeah I've been practicing my panning shots, though I have to say I find the pan effect a bit played out at times and often makes for somewhat mediocre shots as you can only really get people going in a straight line perpendicular to the camera, like so:

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    I prefer to try and show more action through using a fast shutter speed and capturing the peak of action, like so:

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    Maybe I just to work on my technique more so I can do both at once, ie panning at the peak of action.
     

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