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Racing Greyhound Photos: Part 4

Discussion in 'Sports Photography' started by greyhound rick, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Here are a few shots I took on Sat. evening, 09/13/2008. These were taken with my 85mm f/1.4

    #8 Dance Az Sabra


    #8 Oxbow Barn Cat

    #8 BC Wendy Road

    #8 Par Simon

    Thanks very much for looking!

    my best,

  2. wow Rick, nice IQ, colors & sharpness. That 85 did well.

    Only nit I can suggest is in some of them, like the second one, if possible, a little more lead (space ahead of the dog's face) in the crop. I realize there may not be space in the frame...
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  3. Simba909


    Mar 2, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Rick, these pictures look great. Tack sharp and great colors. Can you post some more with some of your settings.
  4. Wow, Rick...those are amazing!

    I'd been lusting over the 85mm f/1.4....why do you do this to me?
  5. tjk60


    Dec 4, 2007
    troy, mi
    Rick, I like 'em... nice job!
  6. Thanks Chris......Great suggestion....I will try it out in the future! Thank you!!
  7. Thanks so much for the comments! Really nice of you!

    Ive tried a lot of different stuff and heres where Im usually at more often than not:


    1. Picture Control sharpness set to "7". All other PC settings at default
    2. Aperture and shutter speed-----as tight and as fast as possible
    3. ISO----as low as possible
    4. Metering--usually "center", sometimes "matrix"
    5. "C" Focus
    6. Focus tracking "off"
    7. RAW
    8. High ISO NR "low"
    9. a1 AF-C setting at "release" or "focus+release"
    10. Area AF mode- I use 9,21 and 51, but mostly 9 pt.
    11. White balance "auto"
    12. Manual exposure mode
    13. Active D Lighting "off"
    14. 70-200mm VR lens with VR "on"
    15. Usually use the "AF-ON" button de-coupled, but sometimes SRB too

    I always use a monopod and have found that proper panning is REALLY important. All the right settings in the world will be nullified if you blow your panning. This is what has really taken a lot of practice and I still need to improve A LOT!

    I try to pick up the greyhounds in the viewfinder first, pan with them, focus, pan and shoot when they get into the "shooting zone". Ive found that the steadier and smoother I can do this...the better the shots come out. It is really difficult with the greyhounds because you are so close to them and they are so fast that its like playing a video game or something! Keeping that focus point on your subject and following thru is really important IMHO.

    I'll post my night settings ASAP. PLEASE.....if you have any suggestions I would love to hear them because Im still only getting about 50% of my shots overall in focus and would love to improve that!

    thanks to everyone again for all of the great comments. I appreciate them very much!

    My best,

  8. Thank you!!!!!!

    Do what I did.......spend all of your available cash on photography equipment and eat wienies and beans!!!! Its worth it!! :biggrin::eek: :biggrin:
  9. Thank you Tim!! :smile:
  10. tjk60


    Dec 4, 2007
    troy, mi
    Rick, I would turn VR off. It does time out when you are focusing for a longer time and then it can cause some motion blur while it is re-syncing
  11. Great observation Tim. My 85mm has no VR and my %s of in focus shots are pretty decent. Im going to try that Thursday afternoon! Thanks!!
  12. From Monday afternoon schooling races. Sun was setting so lots of shadows and noise, but low light gave a nice affect......




    thanks for looking!! :smile:
  13. tjk60


    Dec 4, 2007
    troy, mi
    I like #3 the best because of the backgrounds. What do you shoot these with?
  14. thanks Tim. These were with my70-200mm f/2.8. Im getting about 50% in focus, but will go out tomorrow and see if "no VR" will get that % up a bit.

    Purchased a better monopod yesterday which will allow for smoother vertical and horizontal panning (Monfrotto with ball head) so Im hoping that will help too!

    take care,

  15. tjk60


    Dec 4, 2007
    troy, mi
    good luck and post 'em!
  16. This one was taken Wednesday evening 09/17/2008 with my 85/1.4

  17. Here are a couple taken Thursday evening 09/18/2008

    El Sweet Kick


    Billz Billz


    Thank you for viewing!!! :smile: :biggrin: :wink:
  18. biggstr6


    Apr 26, 2005
    Rick , have you ever thought about slowing the shutter down alittle and panning? I think they would make some intresting shots.

    Keep up the good work.
  19. Hi Rick.

    All very nice shots. I also like the later warm lighting. Wondering if you may elaborate a bit more on why only 50% in focus.


  20. Will do! Id like to give that more of a try. Seems like my crutch is the fast shutter speed. I start getting nervous when I slow it down to less than 1/1000!!

    take care and thanks for the input,

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