Monday, April 19, 2010

Mid-air Bicycle at Skatepark-2

This is the same bmx rider as in the photograph in the previous post. Different ramp and angle. I moved much closer to the ramp, got more in front and crouched low. Lens set at 50mm here. The rider is getting more height than before but the angle really contributes to the sense of action. The bike came from camera-right and up the ramp, turned in 90 degrees in mid-air and came down on the ramp facing me. I started shooting as soon as he became airborne. This is the fourth frame in the sequence, at maximum height.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mid-air Bicycle at Skatepark

This photo of a bicycle rider in mid-air was taken in a local skatepark. BMX with ramps and concrete. This boy made frequent jumps off the ramps and turned 90 degrees in the air to land on connecting ramps. I was able to get shots from multiple angles and distances. Also, some neat sequences with the motor drive running.
This was late afternoon so the sun was low enough that the shadows were not obnoxious but the light was still strong. 1/1000 @ f5.0, ISO 250, lens at 100mm.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Flying Geese

Three flying Canada Geese descending with cupped wings and feet down. This photograph was taken in the same area as the ducks in the previous post. Unlike the ducks, however, the geese descend at a slower speed so it is much easier to track and maintain focus.
I was tracking the goose in the center and it looked like he would come right in for an awesome close-up. The two on the left came in from the side, almost colliding, and all three then landed far off to my right. I got some more frames as they descended but I really wanted the close, head-on shot. This was taken about an hour after sunrise so the light is low enough to give detail on the underside of the body.

400mm lens, ISO 400, 1/1250 at 5.6.