More Racing Photography

Here are the final set of images taken earlier this month for the Houston Mini Motoring Society during one of their autocross events. Obtaining sharp focus while panning is pretty straight-forward if you remember to use these settings on your Canon 40D or 50D DSLR.

  • Use Shutter Priority (Tv) mode at around 1/100th of a second.
  • Use the center auto focus point only.
  • Use AI Servo auto focus mode.
  • Use a high-speed burst at 6 fps.

Racing Glow

Racing Glow
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/18 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.

On Three

On Three
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon 50D set on sahutter priority (Tv), using an EF 300mm f/4L IS USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 300mm, f/16 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.

Mean and Green

Mean and Green
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/18 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.

White Hot

White Hot
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 1/100th 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.

3 thoughts on “More Racing Photography

  1. This looks like a lot of fun, I think I’ll hit the races this weekend and give it a try. I’m with Mark, I don’t think its that easy.

    • Ray & Mark,

      I’m not kidding. Before this outing the last race I shot was the “Press on Regardless” SCCA rally in Michigan’s upper peninsula, way back in ’78. Panning with today’s light-weight DSLRs is simple. Plant your feet about shoulder width apart and turn from the waist. Use a small aperture, longer shutter speed and AI Servo on your Canon DSLR with the center AF point. Fire away at the highest burst rate you can achieve. Over 50% of your images should be in focus at the center. The result is a great impression of speed. Really, if a guy with back problems like me can do it, you can too! 🙂

      Jeff

  2. Obtaining sharp focus while panning is pretty straight-forward…

    Yeah, easy for you to say. 😉

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