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Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:46:59 PM »
Race images:

....coming out of the esses on Lap 1. That's the most I've ever seen an F1 car lean!

Single file up front.

Three-wide mid-pack!

Uh oh. I never realized how fast these safety cars are pushing the limits around the track.

Lewis closing the gap.

Lewis takes the lead.

A few photogs in the crowd were feeling all manly with their big white zooms until this guy showed up. Something tells me he's well equipped in more ways than one :o

Congrats to Lewis. Ten wins on the season already. Incredible!

Turn 9 is way too far from the podium, so I had to settle for this.

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 08:29:15 PM »
What a race. The side-by-side racing in the middle of the pack was incredible. There were so many passes that weren't captured on TV. I was surrounded by Brits, and hearing them cheer Lewis on was a real treat. Poor Button didn't get any love from his fellow countrymen in the crowd.  I'll post the images up in batches to make them more palatable.

Here's the pre-race stuff:

The more I watch Ricciardo race, the more I like him. His smile is even bigger in person.

Valteri and Kimi were competing for the "Least Excited Fin" award.

As always, Kimi wins that contest everytime ;D

Seb insisted on driving the parade car last year too. Very cool. I've never thought he was that great of a driver, but he does seem to be a very down-to-earth dude.

Ah, the many perks of driving for Ferrari. Even the parade cars are badass :)

Hope to see you back in F1 next year, Jenson!

It was great seeing all the Mexican fans in attendance supporting their driver. I felt bad for them when he retired so early from the race.

Where's Jennifer Becks? There's plenty of room. What gives?

The Brits in attendance really seem to dislike Nico. They're still pissed about Spa.

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:06:47 AM »
Thanks for the kinds words, fellas. I don't plan on shooting much today, as race day is way more crowded and I just want to soak up the race atmosphere and enjoy it. Turn 9 is a great place to shoot. It has a great vantage point of Turns 6-11, and you can see the cars flying down the backstraight from there too.

On a side note, the Ferrari-powered cars sound very strange when the turbos spool up prior to accelerating out of a corner. It reminds me of the weird noises a dial-up modem used to make back in the day when logging onto the internet. They emit a very high-pitched whine when downshifting as well. So being ugly and slow isn't their only problem :o

I'll go out on a limb and say Alonso will win today. Yeah right ;D

V-8:  More reach? ... You mean you're not one of those photogs in the Roberts vests with a 300 2.8 on a strap plus a beat-up, mono-podded 600 casually slung over their shoulder like they were burping a baby?  Great shots.

LOL. I try to stay as discreet as possible. Events like this are the only time I had more reach than my 70-300L has to offer.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:26:30 AM »
Is anyone else heading out to Austin? I'd love to meet up with some fellow CR members :)

Looking forward to seeing your pics after the event :D

Since you asked so nicely.....

I figure this is one of the few times a Ferrari has passed anything this year :o

I loaded some more images up in a separate thread.

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:25:22 AM »

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:19:52 AM »

Sports / USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 12:18:02 AM »
Damn I love F1 ;D How come it can only come to town once a year? These are from Saturday's practice and qualifying. I need me some more reach, so I'm keenly awaiting the new 100-400L :D

Please check out my work, I am only 18 but I try to be as professional as possible.

Damn, I wish I was as good as you when I was 18! Keep up the great work!

Do you ever go back and fix photos?  Most of my shots from way back when are in .jpg... so I don't think it is worth trying, but it's good to know I could fix now with all that I presently know.

Sometimes. That specific image I referenced was beyond fixing :) With older images I actually like, it's usually for very minor edits like cloning stuff out that I didn't notice before.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 02:29:12 PM »
Sheesh, take it easy on the OP. We all have to justify our expenses somehow :)

Photography Technique / Re: Austin,Texas
« on: October 23, 2014, 01:48:05 PM »
When are you going there? The F1 race is next weekend, so downtown is going to be a zoo all next week. The Red Bull team is going to put on some kind of demonstration in downtown on Wednesday, so that should be quite the spectacle. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 750D real world review
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:29:27 PM »
I'd actually flip that. I think the extra DR is the cake and the tilt screen is merely an added bonus. I've never taken a "lesser" picture because I didn't have a tilt screen. WIFI is completely useless to me (I'm sure it serves other ppl very well, just doesn't fit my own workflow) so I don't care either way. And I agree that competition is always good. It forces everyone to stay serious and we are the ones who benefit from this.

Yeah, different strokes for different folks. Fortunately, for most scenarios that may be DR limited, I'm able to adequately control DR through other means. On the flip side, a tilt screen would come very handy for me when a shot requires extremely high or extremely low angles. As for WIFI, although I wouldn't use it all the time, it would be very handy for gigs that require immediately uploading images onto the web. Shuffling memory cards to a tablet or laptop is a pain.

Either way, the D750 at least includes these features and lets the end user determine how relevant they are to each user's needs. No such luck with the 5D3, but then again it is approaching three years old at this point.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 750D real world review
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:22:05 PM »
Absolutely, and I certainly don't want to come off as biased against it. IMHO the D750 means Canon should drop the price on the 5D3 until the 5D4 is available.

It will be interesting to see what happens with 5D3 pricing. For someone who isn't heavily invested in either system, I don't see any incentive to purchase a 5D3 over a D750. If someone who isn't heavily invested in either system asked for my opinion regarding both bodies, I'd tell them both are great tools, but the D750 clearly offers more value for the dollar.

Reviews / Re: Product Review – Nikon D810 vs Canon Mark III
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:12:27 PM »
Wow, if the dude in the video was a foot taller, he'd look like a clone of one of my photography instructors. 

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