Straightliners


fritzthedog

Link Posted 19/08/2014 - 19:46
Something a little out of the usual from me. The weather was not great on Saturday and didn't fancy traveling far so spent a few hours at Elvington airfield near York watching bikers trying to travel as fast as they could in a measured mile or break the world wheelie record.

Started off with the Sigma 150-500 attached to the K5IIs and failed miserably - the combination of grey skies and poor light combined with bikes moving at up to 220 mph proved too much for it.

So I switched to the Tamron 70-200 2.8 and although the distance was a little too long for it - I think it did OK in difficult circumstances.

As always C+C welcome

Carl

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Stuey

Link Posted 19/08/2014 - 22:05
Wheelie good sorry - I had to go there

5 is my favourite - 7 has so many potential comments as well
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

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McGregNi

Link Posted 19/08/2014 - 22:50
These are all very striking eye-catching images, vibrant and sharp. Some have a slight hdr look, not in a bad way but in a way that suits. Lots of detail and your panning was very successful. No 3 has a case of the 'blues' - (look at the road colour and black jacket), so I'd pull down blue & cyan channels aggressively on those areas. No 1 for me has a kind of special quality, almost cartoon-like, it could be effective in advertising or other commercial uses. I'm no motorbike fan, but I can appreciate the skill and qualities of these shots.
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Last Edited by McGregNi on 19/08/2014 - 22:52

piotro

Link Posted 19/08/2014 - 22:57
Way over sharpened for me ( I do understand you were trying to rescue some blurry due to poor light/slow shutter shots here), it just looks bad with such amount. See the halo around contrasty edges (i.e tires)? that's the heavy sharpening.
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Last Edited by piotro on 19/08/2014 - 22:58

fritzthedog

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 08:32
Ha Ha Stuey

Thanks Neil - No1 almost did not get shared - there is a lot wrong with it and yet in some ways it is the most appealing of the bunch to me

piotro wrote:
Way over sharpened for me ( I do understand you were trying to rescue some blurry due to poor light/slow shutter shots here), it just looks bad with such amount. See the halo around contrasty edges (i.e tires)? that's the heavy sharpening.

It is strange Piotro, I agree that some look over-sharpened - perhaps most notably No 8. However, most of them have only a little sharpening applied - what most of them do have is fairly aggressive noise reduction applied, Not something I have previously considered but perhaps this can do the same as over-sharpening?

Carl
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bforbes

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 09:35
What makes #1 for me is the highlights/black bike contrast
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Last Edited by bforbes on 20/08/2014 - 09:35

Mike-P

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 09:52
Difficult one for me as I love the subject and especially the action shots so I can forgive the processing and the fact some of them are a little soft.
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piotro

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 10:59
fritzthedog wrote:

It is strange Piotro, I agree that some look over-sharpened - perhaps most notably No 8. However, most of them have only a little sharpening applied - what most of them do have is fairly aggressive noise reduction applied, Not something I have previously considered but perhaps this can do the same as over-sharpening?

Noise reduction itself shouldn't cause that IMHO, could be worth checking your photo process, maybe there is something adding to it where you don't expect.
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Last Edited by piotro on 20/08/2014 - 10:59

redbusa99

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 11:28
+1 with Mike-P on these, unforunately we have nothing like this by us
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McGregNi

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 16:09
Well, whatever process was used, it just WORKS! I love the slightly surreal, cartoonish appearance, it sets them apart. Just remove the blue cast on the black's and road in No 3.
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JAK

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 16:16
fritzthedog wrote:
Something a little out of the usual from me.

Which is your selfie?!

John K

fritzthedog

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 19:21
JAK wrote:
fritzthedog wrote:
Something a little out of the usual from me.

Which is your selfie?!

Back in my biker days (even raced for 3 years) could have been any one of them - but sadly those days are a dim and distant memory

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more

davidstorm

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 19:58
I actually thought the processed look on these was intentional and as Nigel says I quite like the slightly surreal appearance. Apart from that I think you've done really well to capture these Carl, I don't think you would have expected them all to be pin sharp would you?

Regards
David
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fritzthedog

Link Posted 20/08/2014 - 20:10
davidstorm wrote:
I actually thought the processed look on these was intentional and as Nigel says I quite like the slightly surreal appearance. Apart from that I think you've done really well to capture these Carl, I don't think you would have expected them all to be pin sharp would you?

Regards
David

Hi David

Damn - I have been rumbled.

Truth is with the light conditions I had and the fact that I had resorted to a lens too short for the job - I did decide to process them to be a little different - but what I said about sharpening is true - I used no more than 20% max and most are much less than that - and there is a serious amount of noise reduction added - in some cases 100% - but I did boost various levels to create a slightly 'unreal' quality - especially in 1, 3 and 4.

1 is cropped to absolutely the max and is far from sharp enough - it seemed to work to create a slightly unreal quality by messing about with various levels

Interesting how different people react to this.

For what it's worth - for me - it works on some and not on others BUT I would have preferred a sunny day with winds below the 60mph we experienced!!

Carl
No matter how many lenses I have owned - I have always needed just one more
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