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Brad
08-24-2008, 02:07 PM
Whether you are taking pictures of animals or sports, they all seem to have their challenges. In most case you have to deal with the lighting you have and the positioning choices can be limited.

Yesterday I went to a waterski school to take pictures. You can either take pictures from the boat or some vantage point along the course. If you are in the boat, one direction might have good lighting and the other you are shooting into the sun. I was able to shoot while April Coble skied the course just days after she won the Nationals for 2008 in slalom. Trying to shoot from inside the boat gives a great spot, but the speed is something you have to adjust to very fast - or you missed the whole thing. A friend of mine got the boat seat and I was shooting from a tower part way down the lake almost to mid-course.

The pictures are at http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/sports/waterski/coble/2008-08-23-april/

Here are a couple of examples.

Rounding ball #3
http://images38.fotki.com/v1274/photos/8/8235/6621427/IMG_4975c-vi.jpg

Cutting across the wake
http://images39.fotki.com/v1285/photos/8/8235/6621427/IMG_4980c-vi.jpg

Coming across the wake.
http://images39.fotki.com/v1293/photos/8/8235/6621427/IMG_5029c-vi.jpg

Charlie
08-24-2008, 04:27 PM
for a min i thought you had a ponytail and had your legs waxed brad

but its not you

looks good brad love the way the water splash looks

TrishandAlex
08-24-2008, 04:46 PM
Brad, your pictures are great. Keep shooting and posting.

Brad
08-24-2008, 05:41 PM
Brad, your pictures are great. Keep shooting and posting.
I "need" a faster camera. :cool: When it goes into burst mode the pictures are not fast enough for that type of action. It is rated at only 3 frames per second.

TrishandAlex
08-24-2008, 06:01 PM
I "need" a faster camera. :cool: When it goes into burst mode the pictures are not fast enough for that type of action. It is rated at only 3 frames per second.

I know nothing about photography. I just know what I like when I see it. :)

KD Talbot
08-24-2008, 06:29 PM
I'd say you're doing alright with what you've got!

KDT

h2oeco
08-24-2008, 07:59 PM
Brad,

What camera and lens do you have?

Brad
08-24-2008, 08:18 PM
Brad,

What camera and lens do you have?
The camera is a Canon D60 (hand me down from my son). The lens I was using when on the tower shooting of April's runs was a Canon 28-135mm IS. For some of the longer shots on a different lake I was using a Canon 70-300mm IS f/4.0-5.6 lens. April asked me to take pictures around the facility to see if she can update some of her web site pictures. For wide angle pictures there I used a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 wide angle.

All Canon 28-135 IS pictures
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/sports/waterski/coble/2008-08-23-april/

All Canon 70-300mm IS pictures
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/sports/waterski/coble/2008-08-23-zach-jon/

Some were the Canon 16-35mm Wide Angle in this album
http://public.fotki.com/bradbradstreet/sports/waterski/coble/2008-08-23-area/

I experimented a bit with my son's Sigma 50-500 4.0-6.3 (unbelievably heavy) lens with a 2x extender. It did not work well. :cool: I just could not get the focus right and I did not set up a tripod as I had to move around quite a bit all day. I will be using this lens for my air show shooting coming up September 20th. It is a good workout to use it all day and take about 2,000 pictures.

All of the above including the 50-500mm in my backpack weighs a total of 12.0 pounds. And yes, I did carry it all on STP.

MsCntry
08-24-2008, 08:48 PM
Brad,

Those are some great shots!! You sure you are an amateur?? :)

Brad
08-24-2008, 09:12 PM
Brad,

Those are some great shots!! You sure you are an amateur?? :)
I have been wanting to go to the local technical college to learn how to do this. That would be better than trial and error - mostly error.

MsCntry
08-24-2008, 09:28 PM
I have been wanting to go to the local technical college to learn how to do this. That would be better than trial and error - mostly error.

Well look at it this way!! You are teaching yourself, because you learn from your mistakes!! Right?? *smiles*:);)

BlueDog
08-24-2008, 09:46 PM
Nice shots Brad!

If you are looking to upgrade but don't need the absolutle latest and greatest I would HIGHLY recommend the Canon 20D. When it came out it was the replacement for the 10D which was one step down from the 1D, Canon's pro dSLR. Now that the 5D is out, its moved in between the 1D and the 20D. You should be able to get a good deal on just the body, as all your lenses of course will fit.

I have the 20D and the burst mode on it is pretty fast. Fast enough that I can usually get some good shot when capturing cars at the race track.

Brad
08-24-2008, 10:35 PM
If only my son would let me borrow his 1D, then I would be all set.

mtruman
08-25-2008, 09:00 PM
A good camera helps, but good photos rely on a good photographer. These are outstanding! On the other hand, having a 1D probably wouldn't hurt...:rolleyes:

Patrad Fischroy
08-27-2008, 01:06 PM
Brad,
Some very nice shots, the burst mode on the 10D is a bit cumbersome, I waited until the 20D came out to make the plunge to Digital SLR. I am still happy with the quality and performance of that one. I am casting some longing eyes toward the new Canon XSI. With that one you can essentially stay bursting until you run out of card, at least in JPG-only mode.
The real trick to all of this is to just keep shooting and experimenting around, you can separate the wheat from the chaff later. A real beauty in this is that with these cameras, as you well know, they keep the record of the camera settings with each file so you can see later what you were doing with the photos that worked and those that did'nt. In any case, just keep shooting. One little piece of advice I have given before is that if you want to shoot some type of event for some memorable shots try to find a similar event where you are not invested so much and shoot that without worrying about how the shots are turning out.