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Shoot now, Learn later? (Part 2)

A week ago Brandon and I shot the Battle Grounds Freestyle Motocross (FMX) event.  As Brandon previously mentioned one of the lessons learned is to check your camera gear frequently to ensure you are getting exactly what you want.  With the show broken up into different times it was a good time to do a quick review of shots before going back to shoot.

I believe after each shoot you go back and take a look at what you could have improved on.

So what lessons did I learn from the shoot.  Two lessons:

1) “Never be afraid of using big glass”!  I took my Canon 300mm f/2.8 on my Canon 1D Mark III.  I was able to fill the frame and get tight shots of the bikers in mid air.  I would pre-focus the lens and when they came into view I’d start firing and allow the focus to keep up.  I used all 45 focus points on my camera in order for it to keep a focus lock on the action.

Battle Grounds FMX

Canon 1D Mark III – 300mm f/4.5, 1/3200 sec iso 320

Canon 1D Mark III – 300mm f/4.5, 1/4000 sec iso 320

2) “Watch the camera frame rate”.  While the Canon 1D Mark III is capable of shooting 10 frames per second you don’t always need to.  I could have dialed it back to 8 or so but I certainly have no regrets shooting at 10 fps.  It meant a little more editing than I would have liked but I’ll never complain if I get the shot.

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