View Full Version : Some more from the Superbike Championships. *New pictures.
08-15-2008, 07:10 PM
Here are a few more shots from last week and last weekend. As usual, all comments and critiques are welcome and much appreciated!
This was shot from the top level of the control tower, about 60 feet above ground and about 70 feet above the riders looking almost directly down as they came up the hill and onto the front straight.
08-15-2008, 07:21 PM
WOW brad these are top notch!
I think Glenn would happy to have taken these.
they are all great but the airiel veiw is wow!
08-15-2008, 10:23 PM
Thanks Dillon. I don't think they are anywhere near as good as Glenn's stuff though. His motorsports stuff is incredible! I find these here quite soft, and lack sharp focus. I can't wait to get back to the track and see if I can get any sharper results.
I did like shooting from the tower. It was great fun, and provided me with an interesting perspective.
08-16-2008, 09:39 AM
I have edited the original post to include different pictures. I was not pleased with the first and 3rd shots, so I added better shots.
08-16-2008, 10:37 AM
These are really good. I did not see the first shots, but these are nice and sharp and well captured.
08-16-2008, 03:16 PM
Thanks Steve, I appreciate it.
08-16-2008, 10:51 PM
Nice shots Brad. I'm no expert but I played with one of your shots a little, sharpened and bumped the saturation just a little to give it a little more pop. Did this help? Hope you dont mind.
08-16-2008, 11:01 PM
These are good shots and as jimken demonstrates all they need is a little bit of post processing to turn them into stunners.
Nice to see.
08-17-2008, 12:14 PM
Thanks Jim and Bill, I appreciate you guys taking the time to look and comment.
Jim, your edit really makes it pop. I did no PP other than resize, and sharpen, and the odd crop. I think I will have to go back through and give them a bit more colour.
08-17-2008, 12:23 PM
Brad, I really like the second shot of the two green motorcycles - it captures the speed and excitement, and has a great composition!
08-17-2008, 01:09 PM
Wow, Brad, these would make wonderful ads for Fuji to use to promote their P&S cameras. I'd never have guessed one could get shots as good as that with a P&S. Now no one has any excuses. lol Excellent work.
08-17-2008, 02:23 PM
Brad, these are just fantastic! #2 really works well for me. Great perspective and perfectly composed shot!
08-17-2008, 03:29 PM
Thanks so much Tony, Bruce, and Isaac, I really appreciate it.
Bruce, I posted a few of these on the forum of the club who organizes these events. A professional photographer who shoots all the races saw them, and remarked much the same as you. He had a hard time believing they were taken with a P&S until he checked the EXIF and looked up my camera lol.
08-17-2008, 05:40 PM
I can hardly wait to see what your photos will look like with a DSLR having no shutter lag, even better optics, etc. Good goin'!
08-17-2008, 06:19 PM
Thanks again Bruce! Hopefully once I get settled into school and things calm down again I will be able to afford a dSLR and a nice piece of glass come winter or spring. I have decided (tentatively) to enter the Photography program at our Community College come fall 09, So will have to purchase by then.
08-18-2008, 03:22 AM
Brad, I like these. I also liked the original two photos you posted but decided to replace. I did try and comment at the time but the 'Zo threw a wobbler and I was in a hurry to get out to Silverstone for a shoot. Dillon is quite right that I would be happy to claim them for my own.
Ignoring the fact that you took them with a Fuji S700 they're good photos. Take that into account and they're excellent photos. There's nothing wrong with the Fuji as a camera; but it isn't the right tool for this sort of work - you're banging screws in with a saucepan. I am sure that once you get a dSLR and appropriate lens (and once you get used to it) then you'll be producing some great motorsport images.
As a final comment I am not thrilled with the photoshop job on your first photo. It's taken a good, natural looking photo and made it look false and over-processed. I prefer "natural".
08-18-2008, 08:42 AM
Thank you very much Glenn, I really appreciate it. I do like how the edit Jim posted makes them pop with the more vibrant colours, etc, But I too prefer the natural look.
Thanks again to everyone for your kind words, I am flattered. I really do appreciate it.
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