Monday’s Rat Race

Here are a few more racing images taken early this month for the Houston Mini Motoring Society during one of their autocross events. The track and cones were provided by the Houston Police Academy!

Shooting a race takes intimate knowledge of your camera so that you can adjust shutter speeds, aperture settings and focus points without taking your eye away from the viewfinder. Looking up for just a split second can mean you’ve missed a great shot. Panning while using a slow shutter speed (under 1/125th) can give your images that feeling of motion without throwing the entire car out of focus. A faster shutter speed may freeze the action but not portray the feeling of speed as the cars zoom past you. It takes practice to be able to change these settings on the fly but the reward is some very nice action shots!

Tight Turn

Tight Turn
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on shutter priority (Tv), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/13 for 1/250th of a second at ISO 200 on Lexar Professional digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Blue Streak

Blue Streak
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on shutter priority (Tv), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/22 for 1/100th of a second at ISO 200 on Lexar Professional digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

Little Red

Little Red
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on shutter priority (Tv), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/20 for 1/80th of a second at ISO 200 on Lexar Professional digital film. All post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

3 thoughts on “Monday’s Rat Race

  1. That’s some great work. Were you using flash to stop the action or no? I’m thinking no, judging from what you wrote above.

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