[urq] ALMS Laguna Seca 2004 photos

Wolff wolff at turboquattro.com
Sun Oct 24 13:50:09 EDT 2004

It was a first for me to shoot the night racing. It is very difficult to pan
with the cars going past so close and so fast.  This one was taken with a
55mm lens at 1/100th of a second and f7.1.
Look how long the lights in the background streaked. I was very pleased with
the result even if noisy. BTW the downsampling emphasized the noise. It's
not that bad in an A4 print.
    The corkscrew shots are indeed taken with a 70-300mm zoom although most
are closer to 200 mm because it's a really cheap lens (no L glass here) and
doesn't look so good at 300mm. I do have the benefit(?) of a 1.6 crop factor
from my APS sized sensor though, so it looks like 300mm.
   The Drebel's small buffer and slow write definitely made it difficult. At
best, I could only get 4 pictures per lap with little or no chimping. I also
had to prefocus a lot of the photos since I have no USM lenses. I did chimp
a bit to see if I was close on the panning, exposure and focus, but didn't
have to do many in camera deletes.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Bufkin" <jbufkin at austin.rr.com>
To: <urq at audifans.com>; <wolff at turboquattro.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2004 8:47 AM
Subject: [urq] ALMS Laguna Seca 2004 photos

> You must have been working it to rip off those shots at night.  What
> hardware were you using?
> Looks like you turned up the ISO at night, the results look great.   The
> shots of the cars going into the corkscrew appear to be at least 300mm
> shots.    I use a 100-400mm canon L USM lens which is great for general
> use, but I'm considering upgrading to a 300 F2.8 prime.
> James

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