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D3 Saratoga racetrack shots

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by carauction, Aug 3, 2008.

  1. I will probably have a few more to share in a later thread. Hope you like these. C&C much appreciated. Thank you for looking.


    click on image for larger view

    300 F4 AF-ED(non-AF-S)
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/5.6    1/500s    ISO 200

    85 1.8
    NIKON D3    ---    85mm    f/4.0    1/1600s    ISO 200

    85 1.8
    NIKON D3    ---    85mm    f/2.0    1/6400s    ISO 200

    85 1.8
    NIKON D3    ---    85mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    ISO 200

    180 2.8
    NIKON D3    ---    180mm    f/2.8    1/4000s    ISO 200

    180 2.8(morning workout)
    NIKON D3    ---    180mm    f/4.0    1/640s    ISO 800

    180 2.8
    NIKON D3    ---    180mm    f/3.5    1/3200s    ISO 200

    Sigma 150 macro
    NIKON D3    ---    150mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 200

    Sigma 150 macro
    NIKON D3    ---    150mm    f/2.8    1/1600s    ISO 200
  2. RichNY

    RichNY Guest

    Mike- Looks like you are putting that D3 to some great use. I really like that first image and the optics on that last 180 f/2.8 shot looks really good.
  3. #1 is awesome, thanks for sharing!
  4. Thanks RichNY & Rocket

    I think the 300 F4 is a sharp lens. And the D3 makes it an AF-S(even though it is not!). This lens is definitely handholdable with the D3(this shot with tripod). Looking forward to get more acquainted with it.

    I do feel that my lenses are getting nice & tuned:smile:. It does take awhile.

    Thanks again for the nice comments.

  5. great series of images
    well shot
    if i can critique you for a moment (because you have asked)
    you seem to have the "middle of the frame" syndrome
    i'd review the age-old RULE OF THIRDS idea:


    almost every one of these images has the main subject right in the middle of the frame, yielding a boring, static image
    a bit of clever cropping can fix all of that and make your great photos shine even brighter

    a bit of CLOSER cropping can help as well
    cut out what ISN'T important from the images
  6. 2 examples are here:


    and, here:

  7. Thanks Greg

    Appreciate the advice.

  8. you are welcome, mike
    your shots are EXCELLENT
    it's always good to remember that TAKING the shot is only HALF the battle in getting your FINAL image

    post-processing is every bit as important
    have fun with pp'ing... and cropping
    it'll pay huge dividends
  9. I was just thinking the exact same thing....about the first half battle.

    Funny, how when you post images, you think that they are worthwhile and terrific. It is great to get constructive advice.

    Tell ya something. Just having your equipment functioning properly is a big part. Lens focus tuning is a major item It is great when you feel at least your tools are functioning properly.

    Thanks again.

  10. Once again, great images Mike. Looks like the Sigma is a great lens.
  11. mike,
    your photos ARE worthwhile and terrific
    but... we are all learning to improve our craft on an daily basis
    i learn every single day i am here at THE CAFE
    and i hope THAT never changes

    i'm glad that you are a member
  12. This is a fantastic series of shots. And, they are really sharp!

    You've inspired me to get over to Arlington race track to give horse racing photography a try!

  13. i hope that you will do that, glenn
    here's the place near me

    Tampa Bay Downs’ 83rd racing season is tentatively scheduled to open on Saturday, December 13th and to continue through Sunday, May 2nd.

    i guess i've got some time to "get ready."
    i've actually never been there
  14. and.... we have a dog track here, too:
    maybe i'll go here soon...
    need a longer lens, though for my D3 (not sure how close you can get)

    yet another reason to lust over that 200-400
  15. Hi Mike,
    The first (300mm f/4) is outstanding!
    The out-of-the-gate 85mm tells many stories. THAT is a Great shot, one we rarely get at Belmont!
    I'm pleased to see your Saratoga trip was fruitful.
    Your positioning looked good, relative to what seemed to me to be the track's light-unfriendly layout, re: sun location and time of day.
    Is the backstretch at Saratoga accessible to a general-admission ticket-holder during the racing card?
    Good job, as usual!
  16. Glenn,
    Arlington should present excellent action-photo opportunities of regal thoroughbreds.
    Absolutely, give it a whirl!
  17. Yes Greg, check out Tampa Bay Downs.
    As suggested, you have a while to practice panning speeding cars on Tampa Road before their season opens (!)
    I'm looking forward to planning my next business trip to Oldsmar. I think Feb 2009 will work...(Hehe...)
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 3, 2008
  18. Yes indeed Robert. Gonna give it a thorough fine tuning soon. Thank you for the kind words.

    Thanks John. I have built up muscles that I never thought I had *jockeying* around for good positioning:smile: I think that you have to buy a special entry/tour to the backstretch.

    Thanks Glenn. I would very much look forward to see your shots from the track. The track offers beautiful color, esp. on a nice sunny day.
  19. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Excellent,Sharp Photo's!!
  20. Thank you Steve. Appreciated.

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