D3 Saratoga racetrack shots

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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.

Mike

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300 F4 AF-ED(non-AF-S)
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85 1.8
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85 1.8
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180 2.8
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180 2.8(morning workout)
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180 2.8
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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.
 
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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.

mike
 
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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:

http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/rule-of-thirds/

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

also...
a bit of CLOSER cropping can help as well
cut out what ISN'T important from the images
 
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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
 
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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

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.

mike
 
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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
 
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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!

Glenn
 
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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!

Glenn

i hope that you will do that, glenn
here's the place near me
http://www.tampabaydowns.com/

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

so....
i guess i've got some time to "get ready."
i've actually never been there
 
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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!
 
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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...)
 
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Once again, great images Mike. Looks like the Sigma is a great lens.

Yes indeed Robert. Gonna give it a thorough fine tuning soon. Thank you for the kind words.

intrepid24 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!

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.

gnagel 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!

Glenn

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.
 

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