Here’s some shots from my first VicDrift event. Lots of throwaways as I like the car in each shot to be sharp (most of the time anyway) and at slower shutter speeds it gets a bit spray and pray. A forgiving part of digital I guess. I’m not worried too much about framing each shot, I do try to place the subject in the general quarter of the frame that I’m wanting but typically I’ll just crop it the way I want after.
Full set is here, a few extra details on some images shown below.
Canon 5DmkII | Canon 400mm(ƒ/2.8) | ƒ/5 | ISO 50 | 1/125s
I’ve known Jarrod from JRM Photography for awhile now and he had his beast 400mm 2.8 II out there.
Canon 5DmkII | Canon 400mm(ƒ/2.8) | ƒ/10 | ISO 50 | 1/60s
Gave it a crack and I can see why its the mother of motorsport lenses. Would love to try this lens panning from a further distance. Super sharp shots!
Canon 5DmkII | Canon 24-70mm (ƒ/2.8) | ƒ/9 | ISO 50 | 1/60s
Threw on the 24-70 for a bit of a wider view and catch both cars in frame. Could have probably cropped it a bit better now that I look at it.
MelbS15 is a forum that I started for car enthusiasts, mostly owners of the Nissan 200SX/Silvia S15. A fellow member,
Manny Su – Had arranged with Tampered Motorsport to have a bunch of us go up there and battle it out on the track.
3:45AM – Alarm goes off… Yep must be another track day. Lucky I’m not driving this time around! I had the luxury of being a passenger in the back seat of an STi.
Stayed until the last session, didn’t leave till around 5pm which is pretty late. Was unfortunate to hear about all the Highway cops out on the way back pulling people over.
Top 10 S15 lap times:
1. evilsub – 1:37.767
2. PhoenixGSR – 1:37.8260
3. Sheng – 1:43.205
4. Bobi_t – 1:43.376
5. gmr – 1:44.844
6. phuongz – 1:47.430
7. projekt – 1:48.072
8. aussieBaller – 1:49.873
9. [S15GT] – 1:49.985
10. sabbadin – 1:50.106
All are available for purchase – Print or Digital files available. If you’re interested in buying a shot or two, drop me an email or hit me up via the Facebook page with the name of the image you’re interested in.
Took a bunch of photos throughout the day, and they speak louder than words..so let’s get onto it. One some of the shots I’ll write a little Behind The Scenes (BTS) blurb with a little bit on the why’s and how’s.
Winton veterans Vu (Gold/Black S15) and Manny (Cherry Red Chasers S15) battling it out.
BTS: 1/60 @ f9, ISO 125 – Since these two are always pushing each other, I was looking for some different angles to try and get a shot with both of them in it..esp when panning.
BTS: 1/640 @ f2.8, ISO 250 – Not panning this time, so upped shutter speed to try and catch some cool little details. In this shot, you can see the outside rear tyre sidewall flexing through the corner and the car’s lean throughout the corner.
Vu in his track beast with a very unique gold/black paint job. Passenger using the rollcage as jesus bar..
BTS: 1/125 @ f4, ISO 100 – Mixing up where you stand is important to try and get different angles. There were basically no one at this part of the track. Due to the location, didn’t need that slow a shutter speed so panning wise its actually quite fast.
Ian having a little run in with the dirt.
BTS: 1/40 @ f8, ISO 100 – Gotta make sure that finger is ready to up your shutter speed if you see an ‘incident’ – In this instance I decided to leave it super slow and see what I could grab of this car coming off and kicking dust/dirt up everywhere!
Freight Forwarding. A few people have asked me about this and my experiences with it so this post is to go over the in’s and out’s of how I buy stuff and ship it over from the USA.
I use a company called Shipito and it’s so damned easy to use. You sign up for an account there – I haven’t got a Virtual Mailbox yet (I think I will soon though) and just use the Individual Package option. (The difference between them is you pay $8.50 per individual package, or you can pay $10/month or $50/year as a subscription, and only get charged $2.50 per package)
Once you pay them, you get a US postage address. Time to run off and find some things to buy. My example is below.
I bought a few goodies from a US online store called Surf The Earth Snowboards. They had free shipping within the US which is good to look out for. I entered in my US postage address and paid with my credit card for the goods (with this specific shop I had to do verify my CC because my Billing address was in Australia, and Shipping address was USA – Not hard a quick phonecall to my CC company and that was sorted). Once the item arrives at Shipito‘s warehouse you get an email to notify you.
Now the best bit here, is that they TAKE PHOTOS of your package! I didn’t realise this but thought it was pretty cool.
At this stage, you fill in some Customs information (Value, Gift, etc) and pick a shipping method. They have heaps – DHL, TNT, FedEX, USPS – All with the prices there for you and insurance options. Since they have already measured out and weighed the package – the proper costs are all there.
So for my goods, it cost $54.92USD to ship down. (Saving of about $20 bucks over other shipping methods direct to Australia..and that is just shipping! Be sure to read below for total costs saved)
Once the appropriate information has been entered – Your item is ready to be shipped and goes into a queue to be mailed out!
If you have multiple packages (With the virtual mailbox option) you can combine postage as well to save more cash.
Overall, awesome little service that I believe is worth using if you like buying goods from the US. If they have free shipping within the US, even better – as the delivery rates provided are typically cheaper (due to volume discounts) than most stores.
So how much did I save exactly by using this?
Camera gear – Retail for $978AUD. They are $798 USD ($759 AUD)
Accessories I bought retail here for a combined total of $140AUD. They were $94USD ($89 AUD)
Shipping cost me (inc. fees) $63.42USD ($60 AUD)
So if I bought in Australia = $1118 AUD
What it cost me from the US, Shipped = $908 AUD
So $200 bucks saved including the fact I had to pay for shipping+fees. Can’t complain!
The Melbourne Color Run inaugural event was held this year at Flemington Racecourse. Though I didn’t enter (Sarah did) I tagged along despite not feeling the best this weekend to take some photos (It’s been awhile…)
This event was a heap of fun actually, considering there was no alcohol (that I saw) around the people were all pretty pumped. Great atmosphere!
The finish festival is where most of the action happened – participants gather around a stage with a DJ (colour packs were constantly thrown out to the dancing crowd) who coordinated (and some times not so coordinated) the people to go spastic with the powder simultaneously – resulting in a pretty spectacular display of colour exploding everywhere.
I did get into one part of the course where the Blue station was. There were many other colour stations setup but this was the only accessible one, partly due to non-existent security. Volunteers had barrels of the colour, which they loaded into what I’d call huge sauce bottles to squirt those who were running by. This made for some hilarious photos of people getting shot in the face…
After I left that area the security guards were out and that would be that, glad I got a few rippers from that area though.
So photo wise, I shot on shutter priority for most of the event. Powder, things shooting out, all fast paced stuff which you’d want to freeze so 1/500th to 1/1500th is what I stuck with. Lots of contrast/levels adjustments to really make the colour pop in this set. It’s all very contrast-y as you can probably tell.
One thing I didn’t think about was the powder. To be honest I hadn’t done any research into this event and just rocked up for some fun. The powder gets in EVERYTHING. No problem for the environmental shielding of the 5D2 and 24-70/70-200 so I wasn’t really concerned. Just had to be careful when changing lenses if there was a huge cloud of the crap coming my way. Some other photographers there went to pretty great lengths to tape up and bag up their gear though. Also noticed many GoPro’s around too.
My wife has been into the whole body sculpting thing for awhile now and I finally decided to check out a competition, she went earlier in the morning (There to support a competitor) and I decided to head out around lunchtime. Unfortunately only just saw the end of the Men’s comp’s so most of the set is from of the Women categories.
Some very passionate and dedicated individuals at this event and it had a great atmosphere. Congratulations to all the competitors!
Photo wise its a pretty ‘warm’ stage colour temp wise. Had to watch those highlights as all the bronze/tan that the competitors had really blew out at times. I rarely strayed away from ISO800 the 70-200 2.8 IS. Worked with an aperture range of about 3.5 to 5 with a decent shutter speed anywhere from 1/250 to 1/400. Good to freeze this stuff to really show that muscle definition and get that sharpness. Colour temp was brought down a LOT on these shots to make it look a little more natural. Slight adjustments in saturation and vibrance too.
As I was just sitting in the crowd (in the first couple of rows) there’s a few shots with some judges heads in the way – Not much I can do about that, and since these are happy snaps it didn’t bother me that much. There are some tight crops giving some odd sizes that I normally wouldn’t do, but I felt it was important in selected images to isolate the subject.