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Photography help- taking picture of high speed bikes

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I've had a nikon d40 fir a while now but have never really gone too deep into the drying up if it but with the tt coming up over here in a few weeks I want to get out and take some pictures of the bi…
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
I've had a nikon d40 fir a while now but have never really gone too deep into the drying up if it but with the tt coming up over here in a few weeks I want to get out and take some pictures of the bikes.

Can anyone give me some tips on how I should set the camera up, shutter speed etc.

Any advice appreciated
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Jump on a high speed bike yourself armed with camera :thumbsup:
#2
One out of three helpful answers...:?
#3
souljacker
One out of three helpful answers...:?


I agree, those other 2 were just dreadful :thumbsup:
#4
There are a few excellent photographers who take pics of bikes and post them in the photo thread. If you ask in there, I'm pretty sure that one of them will be along sometime to give you the gen.:thumbsup:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/571034/show-us-your-photos-2010?t=571034
#5
transit
I agree, those other 2 were just dreadful :thumbsup:


Actualt yours was the worst of the lot, how am I going to get on a bike on closed roads and then keep up with them doing 180 mph+ and taking a picture at the same time?
#7
whatsThePoint
Ok set the camera on auto and depending on the camera lag aim 5-10ft in front of where the bike is when you push the button, with a bit of practise you'll get the bike in the middle of the shot


I give up...seriously please stop, if you are trying to be funny you are failing badly
#8
souljacker
Actualt yours was the worst of the lot, how am I going to get on a bike on closed roads and then keep up with them doing 180 mph+ and taking a picture at the same time?


:shock::shock:

Improvise :thumbsup:
#9
chesso
There are a few excellent photographers who take pics of bikes and post them in the photo thread. If you ask in there, I'm pretty sure that one of them will be along sometime to give you the gen.:thumbsup:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/571034/show-us-your-photos-2010?t=571034


Thanks a lot :)
#10
Use both eyes. You'd normally keep one eye closed and just look through the viewfinder, but by keeping both eyes open, you can see targets coming into view, making it much easier to shoot them.
#11
You'll need to set the ISO Sensitivity to 800, select "S" Shutter Speed priority and set a shutter speed as high as possible, depending on available light set at around1/2000 of a sec.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/ShfHatMK5rI/AAAAAAAACYo/HZ8gXjxx5zc/s800/20090520_160.JPG

This image was taken at last years French Grand Prix using a Nikon D40 with Nikkor 55-200mm zoom lens, focal length 200mm, ISO 800, F7.1 at 1/3200 sec. The bike was decelerating from 130mph so a bit of panning was required.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/ShfHcX6VS-I/AAAAAAAACYs/fVmZAkvZvAc/s800/20090520_182.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/S_AbeG-HXUI/AAAAAAAAENo/kOVmgO4LN6Q/s800/20090520_191.JPG

The two images above were taken in much gloomier conditions and the bikes were travelling much faster.

Remember that the D40 over-exposes by default so you need to set EV Compensation to -0.7.

http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm

I'll also be at the TT for SuperbikeTT on Saturday, where do you intend viewing? I should be up at Bungalow or Creg-Ny-Baa.
#12
pugw$sh
You'll need to set the ISO Sensitivity to 800, select "S" Shutter Speed priority and set a shutter speed as high as possible, depending on available light set at around1/2000 of a sec.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/ShfHatMK5rI/AAAAAAAACYo/HZ8gXjxx5zc/s800/20090520_160.JPG

This image was taken at last years French Grand Prix using a Nikon D40 with Nikkor 55-200mm zoom lens, focal length 200mm, ISO 800, F7.1 at 1/3200 sec. The bike was decelerating from 130mph so a bit of panning was required.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/ShfHcX6VS-I/AAAAAAAACYs/fVmZAkvZvAc/s800/20090520_182.JPG

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/S_AbeG-HXUI/AAAAAAAAENo/kOVmgO4LN6Q/s800/20090520_191.JPG

The two images above were taken in much gloomier conditions and the bikes were travelling much faster.

Remember that the D40 over-exposes by default so you need to set EV Compensation to -0.7.

http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40.htm

I'll also be at the TT for SuperbikeTT on Saturday, where do you intend viewing? I should be up at Bungalow or Creg-Ny-Baa.



thanks alot, that's very helpful :thumbsup:

Not sure where i'm going on the saturday yet, but possiblt going up the mountain, depends on the weather, are you only over here for the saturday or the full week?

and yeah the creg is a rip off now, they even charge you to go up in the fields coming down from kates cottage:x

great pics by the way
#13
I'm just over for the weekend, staying at the Hilton in Douglas (not cheap!!!!!!!!! But a mate is paying)

Previously I've watched from Signpost Corner, sat in the old lady's garden. It's just a shame that a lot of the best places are no longer accessible. I spent a very enjoyable day on the bank overlooking Guthries Memorial for the Production and Junior TT, got pretty badly sunburnt. Ballaugh Bridge is a good spot as the bikes get some good air. Sometimes though just sat on a wall as the bikes pass inches from your feet at 200mph is astonishing.
A few years back I thought the TT would be dead and buried but recent rule changes and a new breed of quality road racers has pushed it forward again.
#14
pugw$sh
I'm just over for the weekend, staying at the Hilton in Douglas (not cheap!!!!!!!!! But a mate is paying)

Previously I've watched from Signpost Corner, sat in the old lady's garden. It's just a shame that a lot of the best places are no longer accessible. I spent a very enjoyable day on the bank overlooking Guthries Memorial for the Production and Junior TT, got pretty badly sunburnt. Ballaugh Bridge is a good spot as the bikes get some good air. Sometimes though just sat on a wall as the bikes pass inches from your feet at 200mph is astonishing.
A few years back I thought the TT would be dead and buried but recent rule changes and a new breed of quality road racers has pushed it forward again.


living on the island has it's benefits, i've watched it at most places around hcourse but since the big accident which restricted the viewing points most of the really good/thrill places to watch it have gone. Ballaspur being one of the best and big sections of gen helen are now a no go :-(

But yeah it's still going strong and there are a lot of top racers coming here now.

Just hope guy martin can get a win this year, steve plater looks like a doubt for the tt after breaking his arm yesterday in the NW200
#15
Great opportunity to practice panning. You basically use a slower shutter speed, and follow the motion of the bike before and as you take the photo. It takes a lot of practice and most shots will probably not work well, but if you get it right, you will have the bike in focus and lots of motion blur in the background - adding the effect of movement to your image.

So take some 'safe' shots with a high shutter speed, then drop it down (to say 1/50 - 1/100) and take a few where you are actually tracking the bikes - hopefully you will get one or two good'uns!
#16
souljacker I am so envious ..... my dad is from Onchan. I wish I could go to the TT again but it is so expensive.
#17
Pretty much like others have said, if you want safe pictures go for a high shutter speed 1/600 - 1/1000 but i find this type of picture fairly boring as it makes the bike look stationary (you may as well take the picture in the pits or on the start line).
If you want to gamble, i find you can get better results with lower shutter speeds by panning the bikes.


Here's one at 1/60, gives a sense of speed to the picture...
http://i790.photobucket.com/albums/yy190/scoff_photos/a-3.jpg
#18
jah128
Great opportunity to practice panning. You basically use a slower shutter speed, and follow the motion of the bike before and as you take the photo. It takes a lot of practice and most shots will probably not work well, but if you get it right, you will have the bike in focus and lots of motion blur in the background - adding the effect of movement to your image.

So take some 'safe' shots with a high shutter speed, then drop it down (to say 1/50 - 1/100) and take a few where you are actually tracking the bikes - hopefully you will get one or two good'uns!


thanks for that, i'll give that a try too, got plenty of time, 2 full weeks of bikes so i should get something secent at the end of it :thumbsup:

joesmum
souljacker I am so envious ..... my dad is from Onchan. I wish I could go to the TT again but it is so expensive.


yeah It is far too expensive to get here now, only the fact i live here i woldn't be at the tt either

scoff
Pretty much like others have said, if you want safe pictures go for a high shutter speed 1/600 - 1/1000 but i find this type of picture fairly boring as it makes the bike look stationary (you may as well take the picture in the pits or on the start line).
If you want to gamble, i find you can get better results with lower shutter speeds by panning the bikes.


Here's one at 1/60, gives a sense of speed to the picture...
http://i790.photobucket.com/albums/yy190/scoff_photos/a-3.jpg


Cheers, i'll give it a go :thumbsup:
#19
I was going to suggest panning, but it's just been done in the post above. It's a good technique to use - I used it for some rally cars a short while ago.

Although it may be obvious, the other thing to do is position yourself (safely) near a corner or some other obstacle where the bikes have to slow down and catch them on the way into or out of the corner.

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