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Old     (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-05-2008, 7:22 PM Reply   
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.

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These are un-edited (except for being re-sized)

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Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       10-05-2008, 7:28 PM Reply   
horizon's crooked on most of 'em.

also, "un-natural" crops are no-no's.
Old     (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-05-2008, 7:35 PM Reply   
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!
Old     (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-05-2008, 7:37 PM Reply   
Any advice on focusing when shooting from a chaseboat, etc?
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       10-05-2008, 7:48 PM Reply   
"practice" is the best advice.
Old     (caskimmer)      Join Date: Apr 2006       10-06-2008, 7:10 AM Reply   
I like images cropped to a different perspective than the usual boring 3/2. Panoramic action shots done right kick ass.
Old     (deltawake)      Join Date: Sep 2004       10-06-2008, 7:24 AM Reply   
Joe- What do you mean by "un-natural" crops?
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-06-2008, 2:57 PM Reply   
JKW,
What camera are you shooting with ?
Old     (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-06-2008, 3:06 PM Reply   
Canon rebel xt
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-06-2008, 3:28 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-06-2008, 3:29 PM Reply   
What lens are you shooting with ? The lens can make a big difference too !
Old     (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-06-2008, 5:56 PM Reply   
Canon EF 55-200mm 1:4.5 - 5.6 II USM. It's their lower end lens
Old     (steezyshots)      Join Date: Feb 2008       10-06-2008, 6:06 PM Reply   
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.
Old     (reservoir_dog)      Join Date: Jul 2007       10-06-2008, 6:20 PM Reply   
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.Upload
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-07-2008, 1:47 PM Reply   

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It's their lower end lens




Focus will be slow then.
Old     (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-07-2008, 1:58 PM Reply   
Ya, I shot all of these with manual focus
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-07-2008, 2:16 PM Reply   
It looks like all the shots are under exposed too.

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Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       10-07-2008, 8:55 PM Reply   
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.

"It looks like all the shots are under exposed too."

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.
Old     (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-07-2008, 9:14 PM Reply   
That too Rich.

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