Fast boat shoot for Mercury Racing (many pics)

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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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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...
 
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Great shots, but wouldn't panning on some of those have been a better option to emphasis speed?
 
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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!
 
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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:
 
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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!
 

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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
 
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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:
 
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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.

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

Thanks again everyone :)

Greg
Absolutely incredible that you're going 65mph in a boat alongside and the pictures come out so crisp. Amazing!
 
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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...
 
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That is a nice combo so crisp and clear, great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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