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Fast boat shoot for Mercury Racing (many pics)

Discussion in 'Transportation' started by Scream And Fly, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. Today I completed a shoot for Mercury Racing's catalog and 2009 calendar. Here are some quick samples - all taken with D300/70-200VR. Click on images for full size (the board resizes them).

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  2. Fantastic!
    The D300 and the 70-200 is a match made for each other when it comes to this type of shooting!

    And someone should move this to the cars,planes, and boats section...
     
  3. Excellent shots, but #3 is the best in my opinion.
     
  4. Kamil

    Kamil

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    Oct 28, 2007
    Oman
    Great shots, but wouldn't panning on some of those have been a better option to emphasis speed?
     
  5. Really like #2 and #3.
     
  6. It's #3 for me as well
    nice shooting
     
  7. DJVCuda

    DJVCuda

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    Jun 13, 2008
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    If #2 had panned, and shown more motion it would be my #1 shot

    #3 is probably my favorite also!

    They are all excellent shots! Very nice work!
     
  8. SP77

    SP77

    Jun 4, 2007
    Rockville, MD
    WOW GREAT SHOTS! :eek: 


    I think it'd be a little difficult to pan these though. The boat is constantly dipping and rising with the water and waves and minor chop, so it's not like a car or bike on a steady surface. Would still be interesting to try though! :smile:
     
  9. DJVCuda

    DJVCuda

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    Jun 13, 2008
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    very good point....
     
  10. Excellent shots! Yes, the D300 and the 70-200mm VR is a marriage made in heaven. By the way, i think your exposure control, motion control, sharpness and saturation are ideal. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Tom

    P.S. I hope some realize the D300 is still alive even though the D700 is out. Newness is not necessarily greatness!
     
  11. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    Just super shots, sharp, clear, great Photog behind the camera, what more could one ask for.

    Bravo.

    As noted above It is probably a good idea to move this to the other forum, but I will leave a redirect for a week so more folks can see these great shots.

    Well done!

    Wade
     
  12. Great shots! That looks like a lot of fun. I imagine running a pair of 300's wide open would burn a gallon or two. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers

    Ted :smile:
     
  13. Thanks everyone, I shot them all RAW, using VR in active mode, since I was shooting at 65 MPH from a boat riding alongside. I rarely use VR too, but in times like this, it helps. Panning shots would not have been difficult, but Mercury Marine does not want that - photos that depict too much speed may turn off buyers from a safety standpoint. They are very particular about that sort of thing.

    I shoot sports professionally, and I've shot catalogs for Mercury several times, National Geographic TV shows, and others - both with my D200 and D300. I have a D2xs, but it never gets used - I prefer the smaller body of the D200/D300 for my work. For action photography - at least for me - there's no need for a full frame camera. The move to a D700 would be a lateral move for someone like me, not an upgrade.

    Thanks again everyone :) 

    Greg

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  14. PhotogWannabe

    PhotogWannabe

    Mar 19, 2007
    BC
    Absolutely incredible that you're going 65mph in a boat alongside and the pictures come out so crisp. Amazing!
     
  15. Great action shots.... Brilliant colors...
    By the capture showing the water as droplets in the boats wake, you must have used a very high shutter speed..
    Love the last shot of the first series showing the twin breaking the calm waters....
    Well done... Mercury must be very happy with the results...
     
  16. Brew

    Brew Guest

    That is a nice combo so crisp and clear, great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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