Tim Sanders  

Speedway Star by Tim Sanders

July 2021 - Speedway Star

About the Image(s)

A shot taken at Somerset Speedway in 2019 into the sun - Lumix G1 40 -200mm Zoom at 180mm, f5.5 at 1/250th. One third stop under exposed.
A pre-covid event and at a venue now permanently closed because of the pandemic after operating for 20 successful years.

9 comments posted

Gunter Haibach   Gunter Haibach
Certainly an eye-catching picture. My first reaction - is this person in trouble or is this just a normal maneuver in this type of racing - expect it's the latter. So it does capture my interest.
I find the composition a bit static, for a subject like this - action all in the exact middle of the picture. Adding a bit of room on the right would allow the biker to have room to travel into, and add a bit more interest - my take. I like the capture of dirt and dust that is surrounding the biker.
I think the exposure is well done, although it appears to me that the colours of the bike and racer appear to be a bit oversaturated. The picture is also reasonably sharp, considering the shooting environment.
All said and done - the picture did capture my attention.
  Posted: 07/03/2021 14:35:03
Tim Sanders   Tim Sanders
Thanks for your comments Gunter and yes I did up the saturation a bit!   Posted: 07/05/2021 03:40:51

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
Great motion capture. I do think your saturation addition makes it look quite unnatural. I reduced the saturation a lot on just the biker and then upped the saturation of the reds on him. The back ground was great except for the upper left corner which was unfinished.   Posted: 07/09/2021 14:54:41
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Tim Sanders   Tim Sanders
Thanks Karen.
I think that really is the value of this group you get to see your picture through others eyes and it makes you go back and look again and see all those things that you missed in the excitement of processing the picture.
Many thanks
Tim   Posted: 07/10/2021 01:59:53

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
I am a fan of saturated images and don't have a issue with Tim's "rider" saturation and I missed that upper left corner that Karen picked up on. What does hit me is the fact that much of the image is not at all sharp and Iooking at your metadata I wonder why you were not using a higher speed. You didn't tell us your iso but I wouldn't of shot the image with less than 1/1000th. The movement of the bike and rider is clearly seen with the bike angle and the dust trail. Your composition and track location is excellent. I used Topaz Sharpening AI and it defaulted to the motion blur setting, in my opinion, making for a much sharper and powerful presentation, however it makes the image too large for PSA standards and the image was rejected. Ive rescued many image in recent months by using this program.   Posted: 07/10/2021 09:41:16
Tim Sanders   Tim Sanders
Hi Bob,
I am glad you mentioned Topaz sharpen had actually worked on the image. I did try it before posting and again since your comment and my version is not actually making any difference. I guess I must be sufferng from some glitch after I downloaded the latest update.
As you say shutter speed was too slow - silly mistake on my part.
Best wishes
Tim   Posted: 07/13/2021 09:42:24
Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Hummm. I'm using Sharpen AI v3.1.2 on my iMac that is less than a year old and has 32GB Ram. I've watched some zoom & YouTube and older OS crawl. Were you able to get to the screen where it showed the original and 3 AI comparisons, and did you leave it on automatic settings? They work quite well. I also downloaded trial versions and as I remember they didn't seem to give the positive results that I now get, but that was 6 months ago and Topaz upgraded. If you make decision to buy look for discount code, they can always be found.
That's unfortunate that COVID resulted in closing up the place.
Hard to believe that all the bikers just gave up. Maybe other places are opening up?   Posted: 07/13/2021 10:39:39

Judy Burr   Judy Burr
The color is great even if a bit over saturated. I suggest cropping the upper right of use content aware fill. I also agree that lack of sharpness is a problem. I am just starting to use Sharpen AI so have to work on that. I agree it is good to get feedback from others. This group has helped me improve many pictures over the years I have been a member.   Posted: 07/15/2021 10:49:02

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I like the motion, the dirt flying out from under the rear wheel, the dust, the colors. I like how Karen always seems to find the little nit the rest of us miss. I agree with Bob in wondering why your shutter is lower than 1/1000. I know I'd be going back to Somerset Speedway to try again.   Posted: 07/15/2021 12:59:37


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