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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


First time covering really fast bikes on the tarmac... C&C welcome.

I originally wanted to attend all three days and things got in the way, so I just showed up on Sunday. First thing was to decide what hardware to bring. Knowing that I was going to hike around the track for the whole day, I opted to take the 400mm F/2.8 a 1.4x teleconverter, the 70-200mm and one body (D3s) and a monopod. I ended up using exclusively the 400mm with or without the TC. There really is no place around the track where you can get decent shots with the 70-200mm without a photog credential.

I did forget a stool to stand on a lot of the fences are just eye level (at least for someone 5'11") and it's almost impossible to shoot over them. Arrrrg!

Morning weather was crapy (rolling fog, wind) and the show started late so a few practices were cancelled. The main event (GP) did start on time tho and by that time the fog had burned off and it was sunny.

These bikes are _fast_ and with a long lens (400mm or 560mm with the TC), if you want to fill the frame, it's really really hard to follow them.

In the end quite a few nice shots, but since the locations were limited, not that much variety.

Enjoy.

Denis
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#1

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#2

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#3







#4




Jul 30, 2012 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Set 2





#5

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    400mm    f/3.2    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#6

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    400mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#7

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#8

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/4.5    1/1600s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jul 30, 2012 at 05:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Set #3





#9

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#10

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#11







#12

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jul 30, 2012 at 05:07 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Set #4





#13

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#14

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#15

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#16

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jul 30, 2012 at 05:08 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Set #5





#17

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#18

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    400mm    f/8.0    1/250s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







#19

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    400mm    f/9.0    1/200s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  







#20

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/500s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Jul 30, 2012 at 05:10 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Last set





#21

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#22

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/5.6    1/2000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#23

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/8.0    1/1250s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  







#24 (not a Moto GP but a nice pan)

  NIKON D3S    400.0 mm f/2.8 lens    550mm    f/11.0    1/125s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jul 30, 2012 at 05:11 AM
 

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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Those are some great backgrounds in those first shots...great shots by the way...looks like you had a good time...

Jefferson



Jul 30, 2012 at 03:14 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


I like set #5. Started seeing the motion a lot better. Great job.

JD



Jul 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


I think the ones on the corkscrew are the strongest, higher ss works good there. Sunday is definitely the worst for taking pics, I didn't even bring my camera.


Jul 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Nice pics ...

the ones coming over the top are great..

Lookin down on em , nnot my faverite view

Al



Jul 30, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Great BG in the first 2! Some of those angles, like you said, leave something to be desired. Great shots though, hope you had fun!

Paul



Aug 04, 2012 at 05:37 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · US Moto GP @ Laguna Seca raceway


Nice stuff love the background in the first 2


Aug 08, 2012 at 07:07 PM





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