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Glasgow and Lanarkshire based photography and video

Moving objects - Ireland trip. Cars, dogs and a place called Muff.

Spent the weekend in Ireland with a pal.  Flash git owns two of the best drivers cars you'll find.  A Porsche 911 (996) and a BMW M3.  This wasn't a professional gig but got a few decent shots to share.  A favourite was the wedding car.  Believe it or not this was literally passing by at 20mph, I just grabbed the camera, tracked the car and got a real good shot of who is presumably the bride.  She saw me with the camera, held her glass up, the focus gods were kind to us and bang.  A little post work later and there's a decent shot.  Sun rays were gently breaking through the clouds and with a little cropping to give that cinema look we're done.

I take too many pictures of cars so will keep the collection short.  The best shot here is a combination of decent base level technique and luck.  So here's a breakdown of how it was achieved.

  1. Readiness - Keep your camera ready.  If you're out taking snaps then lens cap off, and get the camera ready to pick up and shoot.
  2. Settings - That means autofocus, aperture priority, and sensible ISO.  A good tip is set make use of auto ISO which ensures a shutter speed of no less than around 1/100th of a second.  Let the camera manage ISO.  Better to get a slightly noisy shot (grain) but sharp than anything else.  Shutter release should always be high speed.
  3. Tracking - Move your camera with the subject.  In this case I moved the camera with the car.  Keeping the car in the centre of the shot.
  4. Spray and pray - Say this all the time, but take plenty of shots.  As the car was moving I held down the shutter release which meant the camera could take pictures as fast as it can.  It's a dirty secret of photography that behind many good images are lots of crap ones.  Things like blinking of eyes, focus point movement, environmental issues all play less of an issue if you have more choice.
  5. Post work - Decide on the mood you're going for and post process accordingly.  Putting lip stick on a pig is never going to give satisfying results.  Reach a compromise between what you want and what the image lends itself to.  In this case it was the usual white balance, bump up saturation, contrast and I think a little selective sharpening.  I sharpened up the car alone just to make it pop.  Also, the cropping makes this shot.  Did a widescreen movie type crop to give it a cinema feel.  That suited the vintage car subject perfectly.