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Manitou Handlers October 5, 2009

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With all the potential crushed steel and accidents that could happen on race day, you need something small, mobile and fast to remove things off the tracks in a moment’s notice. And I guess it was the first time I see such a one on the island.

Or is the customized crane hander used to allow drivers to be lifted out of an inferno blaze in a flash?

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Singapore F1 Was Fun! October 4, 2009

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Review – my first F1 shoot was enjoyable and very casual, with results I am quite pleased, being a super amateur and all. The Nikon system makes dummies like me shoot with surprisingly crisp subjects despite the speed the objects were traveling in. That’s superb. I guess it was my first panning exercise with a DSLR!

So, if you ask me, I would probably attend the 2010’s F1 next September, and this time round will attempt to shoot beyond the fences!

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Macau is Spectacular! October 3, 2009

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Enough said! One word – Amazing! An excellent site for photographers almost everywhere, and more true when the sun sets!

Will share with all when I begin uploading later tomorrow…if the weather prohibit me from going out to shoot more.

Holiday Means No Blogging! October 3, 2009

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Yup. Coz, I am busy visiting sites and shooting with my Nikon D300s! And of course, buying more Nikon lenses! OK. I admit the price in Hong Kong is just too hard to refuse. With all the searching and research, and more research on price, weight and performance ratio, together with what I will shoot most, I ended up buying the Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G VR II today!

So, as usual, this lens will end up sitting on my Nikon D300s most of the time, with the other Nikkor 70-300mm F/4-5.6G on the Nikon D90. I just want lenses that comes with the rubber ass gasket for my Nikon D300s since the day it was purchased. The reason is simple. I am looking for Weather elements repellent property on new lenses to safe guard the Nikon D300s weather resistant design. That’s all…

OK. Will be out in the mountains of Hong Kong to shoot wildlife come Monday and I will be doing it exclusively with the Nikkor 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6G VR II! Yeah!

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Dog Tired from the F1 Shoot September 26, 2009

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Pardon me as I now have to sort out so many shots in the memory cards! Messy, messy, and more mess.

Will get back to all when I wind down in Macau…or on the plane.

F1 Grand Prix Shooting Tips – Summary Notes September 1, 2009

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Here’s some first-pass notes I gathered on the net to do this right

  • Set ISO to 400 and the shutter speed above 1/500 sec. That should freeze the action for you if that is the effect that you are going for
  • Forget the polarizer (add it for flare reduction from body paint?)
  • Need to work on learning to pan with the cars
  • Use a single focus point (the centre one is a good idea – although an off-centre one can be useful depending on your angle). Use AI servo AF, choose a high contrast area somewhere on the front of the car as your focus target and track the cars for half a second with that area under the focus point before releasing the shutter. Put the camera in shutter priority mode and set your shutter speed to no faster then 1/320th of a second otherwise you will have a lot of “cars parked on the circuit” pictures. The most common mistake for motorsport photographers is to set their shutter speeds too high – you want to retain some sense of motion. Use an aperture of around f/8 and then set the ISO to something that gets you a decent exposure
  • Get there early
  • Be really friendly and a little pushy, you may get a few shots from a prime location.
  • 1/320, F8, ISO 200, 300mm (good guide; again depending where you are wrt the cars)
  • The trick to racing shots is to be able to pan well for the duration of the shutter. Practice that skill every day for the next two weeks somewhere that there’s a highway and your chance of great shots go up significantly
  • Look at the very excellent Sigma 100-300mm. f/4.0 EX HSM
  • If you find the fence is in the way, drop your shutter to 1/80 and as long as your panning is good, you’ll blur out the chain fencing, then all you need to worry about is the horizontal wires (pretty easy to clone out)
  • More to come…

Singapore F1 Grand Prix with Nikon D300s September 1, 2009

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The moment of truth – what is the Nikon D300s really good for? Sports! High-speed action. This will be the first more serious project I will undertake with the Nikon D300s.

This will begin on the 25th Sept 2009. The adrenaline is pumping as I prepare myself properly for this mini project.

Let’s Get Down to Business – Shooting August 3, 2009

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Enough of whining. Let’s start planning trips to shoot with the Nikon D300s when it arrives. First off, I am converting part of my October month to a 10-day shoot trip. Coinciding with the China’s National Day, I am planning to take two cities with it – Macau and Hong Kong SAR.

It would be nice as it will be my visit to China’s largest gambling den on this trip – Macau! Both flight tickets and hotels have just been booked tonight. So, planning will start as soon as possible after I return from India. A tentative trip to Seattle USA has also been announced by my client, so I am hoping to squeeze that into perhaps, late August or early November 2009.

Home turf wise, it will be covered on my more fun site – Nikon D90 Lab, where I will seek to cover more pro-family journals…