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Old    JKW (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    Joe Umali (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    JKW (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    JKW (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-05-2008, 7:37 PM Reply   
Any advice on focusing when shooting from a chaseboat, etc?
Old    Joe Umali (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       10-05-2008, 7:48 PM Reply   
"practice" is the best advice.
Old    wardovision (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    Peter T (deltawake)      Join Date: Sep 2004       10-06-2008, 7:24 AM Reply   
Joe- What do you mean by "un-natural" crops?
Old    Walt (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-06-2008, 2:57 PM Reply   
JKW,
What camera are you shooting with ?
Old    JKW (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-06-2008, 3:06 PM Reply   
Canon rebel xt
Old    Walt (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 (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    JKW (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    RileyBangerter (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    scott hutson (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 (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-07-2008, 1:47 PM Reply   

quote:

It's their lower end lens




Focus will be slow then.
Old    JKW (jwat142)      Join Date: Jan 2002       10-07-2008, 1:58 PM Reply   
Ya, I shot all of these with manual focus
Old    Walt (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    Rich Dykmans (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 (Walt)      Join Date: Jan 2003       10-07-2008, 9:14 PM Reply   
That too Rich.

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