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jwat142 10-05-2008 7:22 PM

So I finally got a chance to take some pics from a chaseboat this weekend and wanted to see what kind of tips everyone has. The hardest part obviously is focusing...especially when the rider is coming at you or going away from you. Here are some of the pics I got. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. <BR> <BR>p.s. <BR>These are un-edited (except for being re-sized) <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632978.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632979.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632980.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632981.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632982.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632983.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632984.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632985.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632986.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/632987.jpg" alt="Upload">

dakid 10-05-2008 7:28 PM

horizon's crooked on most of 'em. <BR> <BR>also, "un-natural" crops are no-no's.

jwat142 10-05-2008 7:35 PM

Yeah, that one that is cropped does look weird. I'm totally an amateur photographer (obviously). Just looking for some advice. Thanks for the help!

jwat142 10-05-2008 7:37 PM

Any advice on focusing when shooting from a chaseboat, etc?

dakid 10-05-2008 7:48 PM

"practice" is the best advice.

caskimmer 10-06-2008 7:10 AM

I like images cropped to a different perspective than the usual boring 3/2. Panoramic action shots done right kick ass.

deltawake 10-06-2008 7:24 AM

Joe- What do you mean by "un-natural" crops?

Walt 10-06-2008 2:57 PM

JKW, <BR>What camera are you shooting with ?

jwat142 10-06-2008 3:06 PM

Canon rebel xt

Walt 10-06-2008 3:28 PM

Try changing your focus to a single focus point. Also try shooting AI servo. You might also want to read up on how the auto focus system works.

Walt 10-06-2008 3:29 PM

What lens are you shooting with ? The lens can make a big difference too !

jwat142 10-06-2008 5:56 PM

Canon EF 55-200mm 1:4.5 - 5.6 II USM. It's their lower end lens

steezyshots 10-06-2008 6:06 PM

Make sure the takeoff is in the pic, water, double up, kicker whatever the rider is launching off of. A rider floating in the air in the frame is lame. Try shooting vertically.

reservoir_dog 10-06-2008 6:20 PM

I change the focal point to the lowest one on the camera depending on the orientation of the camera at the time. Then place the focal point on the lower part of the wake where the riders hit it at. It has worked well when I am shooting. I am also a am photo but this advice came from a very knowledgeable photographer. Hope this help and keep on shooting!I have included one of my fav chase boat pics.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/633354.jpg" alt="Upload">

Walt 10-07-2008 1:47 PM

<blockquote><hr size=0><!-quote-!><font size=1><b>quote:</b></font><p>It's their lower end lens<!-/quote-!><hr size=0></blockquote> <BR> <BR>Focus will be slow then.

jwat142 10-07-2008 1:58 PM

Ya, I shot all of these with manual focus

Walt 10-07-2008 2:16 PM

It looks like all the shots are under exposed too. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/633539.jpg" alt="Upload">

richd 10-07-2008 8:55 PM

That 55-200, when it does grab focus, looks like a pretty good lens. I've been impressed with some of the shots I've seen from Randy's as well. <BR> <BR>"It looks like all the shots are under exposed too." <BR> <BR>I think what you're seeing is more the AWB being out of whack, Walt, (along with a tad under exposure.) At least that's what my monitor is showing.

Walt 10-07-2008 9:14 PM

That too Rich.

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