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#1 geedee

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 04:48 AM

Dusted off my camera and headed out to a Production Car Trial (PCT) . I have posted pics from this type of event in the past, these two are from yesterday`s event.... I suspect car but (rear end) may be of similar value pictorially as bird but, though in PCT trying to maintain traction in difficult terrain is the aim of the game thus the rear of the machine can be where the action is .. Also have posted a front end on pic should there be any preference for that type of pic.. Unusually I set the metering mode to pattern given the variation in the scene and on the head on pic I used auto ISO as the sun was coming and going as the clouds were fast moving... Selected f8 as the countryside in the area is interesting and thought it worth while trying to capture a measure of it  in my pics.  It seems ever a toss up on shutter speed  while trying to be sharp but capture a sense of movement... But pic was f8  1/160th ISO 100  with 70-200 f 2.8 Nikkor at 200mm  and the head-on pic was the same lens at 70mm  also f8  1/250th ISO 220 

 As ever CC welcomed.  

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 07:52 AM

Cool shots Geedee. I like the rear-tire action if #1 so you definitely captured the movement there, and the hilly background in #2. Looks like fun. How fast are they going?

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 09:22 AM

Thanks for taking the time to respond Mark.... PCT`s are about maintaining movement over difficult terrain and not so much about BLASTING up a hill with a powerful engine. Those who set the course do so in such a way to try to kill most of the opportunity to build up momentum in any section of the course  by creating a tight bend just before a steep climb or at the foot of a steep slope they will put in another tight bend.  the course is laid out by numbered posts there are points off if a post is touched and all the sections round the course are numbered thus one`s score is determined by how far along the course one can progress before loosing traction....Power can be a disadvantage if not very skilfully controlled maintaining traction is key to a good score and as for speed, that can be down to walking pace on some sections...The little car in the pics is a "special" that uses Austin Seven engine box and running gear  engine is perhaps 750cc, or less than a circa 3/4 of a litre if you prefer, as for the relationship between CC or litres to cubic inches... I will leave that to you to investigate...(-:

 

Will attach a pic of a different vehicle as you seem to have interest.... This one has American roots...(-: in that it has a Buick derived V8 as it`s power unit and is not a "special" but a factory built machine and has the benefit of a limited slip differential which can help when the going gets a tad slippy, though in this case the lady driver slid sideways and caught one of the lightweight course marker posts... 10 points off her overall score..

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 11:07 AM

Once again great stuff geedee, very cool, very sharp photos!  Must be a gas to watch!



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Posted 10 October 2016 - 12:59 PM

Next time.

 

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 11:31 PM

Very cool Geedee and classy looking cars for sure. Thanks!

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:12 AM

Thanks Doug, a simpler subject than BIF though not without it`s challenges..(-:  Mark some folk take part in family saloons to test their skill,  though some very interesting old sports cars can appear at events on occasion. Rospondek, yup have seen quite a variation in headgear used by the open-top car drivers, given that they take part in competition in all weathers...



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 02:38 AM

Mighty stuff, Geedee !

That 2nd photograph is stunning.  The car, the pilot and co-pilot's expressions and that beautiful valley behind them - all go to make something very, very good. :)

 

Dunno what a Morgan is going up a mountain though... :huh:



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 06:27 AM

Great shots Geedee, thanks for sharing!
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Posted 11 October 2016 - 06:32 AM

Pleased that you found something of interest in the pics Rod. Forgot to mention that I use a monopod at PCT`s given that I generally use my 70-200 and even my 150-600 on occasion and struggle to balance settings to get a pic that is sharp enough yet conveys movement on occasion by catching wheel spin, DOF issues and in fast changing or low light, is less than easy for me. The weight of the lenses adds to the degree of difficulty. I feel fortunate to capture anything worth while.... perhaps if I changed to a camera to one with a faster frame rate than my D800 I could perhaps up my keeper rate, though I have too many pics in my hard drive already while only ever firing the shutter one push of the button at a time..!!! 

 

Rod, as for using a Morgan off road... Yup, there are many issues relating to minimal ground clearance and restricted suspension movement on these cars, though many Morgan owners do not treat their vehicles as "collector specimens" or "investments."   I have even seen Vintage Bentleys and many other rare and highly valuable vehicles taking part in PCT`s and other trials type events where the vehicles get filthy and are exposed to all sorts of off-road issues that would give a garage queen owner a heart attack....If interested check out the Vintage Sports Car Club web site and you will find video of such ..er..behaviour...(-:

 

Thanks Paul. 



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Posted 11 October 2016 - 12:52 PM

Thanks Geedee

I find the old monopod  to be invaluable.  I've got a little head on top of mine - its not a ball head as it only pivots in one direction, but it has a lock that means the plate won't detach accidently (like the last one I had).

The monopod also doubles as a walking pole :)



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Posted 12 October 2016 - 01:51 AM

The description of your monopod is similar to mine Rod. I tend to have the head "friction" adjustment set on the loose side when tracking subjects.



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Posted 12 October 2016 - 02:39 AM

That's the one !

Manfrotto MM394 monopod and the manfrotto tilt head / quick release head.

And,,,  you can use it as a hammer to crack open any hazel nuts you come across.... B)



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Posted 15 October 2016 - 02:19 PM

That's just good stuff!!

 

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