This year has seen me purchase a new Suzuki GSX-R 750 and because of that, to my surprise, I received two complimentary tickets to this years British MotoGP at Silverstone Motor Circuit Circuit. What a result I thought, get to watch the MotoGP live once again at Silverstone and also get to try out my new TE-20E II 2x teleconverter and AF-S 70-200mm 2.8G Lens.
Saturday’s free practice saw bright sunshine so using my new TE-20E II at f/5.8 was easy, as the light aloud quick sharp shots whilst planning to be taken up close at 600mm due to teleconverter and crop factor on my Nikon D7000.
No: 25, Maverick Vinales
The Sunday, however, due to the grey skies and rain I decided to remove my TE-20E II teleconverter to allow my 70-200mm Lens to work at its full f/2.8 range, this did mean my zoom range drop to 300mm but at the same time increasing my F/Stops from f5/.8 to F2.8 and therefore allowing me to remaining capturing sharp images without having to increase my ISO to maintain the required shutter speed as these bikes go flying past at over 100Mph
No:45, Scott Redding
Despite the weather on Sunday, this year MotoGP at Silverstone saw Valentino Rossi win his first ever British MotoGP race, and it also saw Danny Kent become the first British rider to win in a MotoGP class since the great Barry Sheen so all in all an amazing weekend
No:46, Valentino Rossi
Big Well Done to No:52 Danny Kent
Winner NO:52 Danny Kent
This year’s Festival of Speed event at Goodwood also saw Jaguar offering the public a chance of a lifetime to feel amazed or sick, which one would depend on the person in question lol!!
Jaguar 360 burning Rubber
Members of the public lined up at the Jaguar stand waiting for the chance to be taken for an amazing 360 and drift experience, which saw pro drivers amazing the public and showing how these cars can be driven. When driven by the right type of driver, and when driven in the right location (on a track, please don’t try this on the road)
Safety car, yeh right lol!!!
Jaguar standard looked amazing, and the drifting and 360 experience went down a storm
This year’s Festival of Speed event for me has to have been the best one yet, I’m just one of the many members of staff at Goodwood who help to build and host the Festival of Speed event, which brings in members of the public from all over the world. The event which runs over three days and pulls in approximately 180,000 people, all turning up to watch fast cars and fast motorbikes take on Goodwood famous hill climb.
So as a member of staff why was this year’s event so special to me? well as a major fan of MotoGP and a big supporter of the Yamaha Team how happy was I to find out the 9 times MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi would be attending this year’s event on Sunday..
The weekend’s event went well for everyone, but for me on the Saturday things just got better when I was stopped by a member of Rossi’s pit crew asking me for assistance to help find and provide a rope barrier which could help protect the 60th Anniversary M1 which was still yet to be uncovered on Sunday and then ridden by Rossi up Goodwood’s Hill climb.. So after being asked I set about looking around and soon was able to provide the required barriers as requested, and the team were even more surprised when they found out the barriers ribbon was Yamaha Blue (result)
Valentino Rossi, VR46
The time arrived on Sunday when Rossi took to Goodwood’s famous hill climb and then to everyone surprise road his Yamaha YZR-M1 up towards Goodwood House and then straight into the main front hall to be greeted by Lord March.
With Rossi’s hill climb ride over I headed over towards the Yamaha stand to take a closer look at Rossi’s YZR-M1 in the 60th Anniversary colour scheme, on arriving at the stand the crowd of Rossi fans was already 6 rows thick so I turned around went to walk away, it was at this point I spotted a member of Rossi’s pit crew waving at me! I was invited onto the Yamaha stand and shown around Rossi’s YZR-M1 whilst being told all about it and shaking hands with Rossi’s main pit crew team.. why I asked did you invite me onto the stand? the reply because of the help you gave us on Saturday…
Will never forget this moment…
It started out as just when of then days when you get called into work to fix an issue, but this time the caller said make sure you bring your camera?
That’s was a very strange way to finishes a phone which started with I need your help to fix my computer, so with camera gear packed and on idea what IT issue I was turning up at work for on a Saturday I arrived to see these amazing vintage racing cars on track
Vintage Race Car
So IT issues all fixed, I sat down by the side of the motor circuit and set my Nikon D7000 onto Shutter Priority Mode, using our new 70 – 200mm 2.8 VR lens I practised capturing these vintage motor cars racing around the circuit.
Classic Racing Car
By using Shutter Priority to capture these type of shots, you control the speed the image is taken whilst allow the camera to control the required Aperture setting. This allows you to add blur when required or capture a clear sharp image.
Classic Racing Cars
HMS Victory located within Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.
The Victory was built back in 1860 and due to the age of the ship and the artifacts onboard, you are NOT allowed to take flash photography. This restriction on using flash, therefore, made this trip the best time to practice using my D7000 with the following setting enabled, Auto ISO turned On and set ISO 100 – 3200 with a minimum Shutter Speed of 1/15 sec. You can set the ISO level to your cameras maximum ISO, however, this will increase the digital noise within the image which you don’t really want.
ISO 3200, 14mm, 1/20 sec, f/4
Thanks to using Auto ISO on my D7000 and by slight also increasing the exposure level by +1.3 I was able to capture the above image in very poor lighting conditions without the need of a Tripod.
ISO 160, 20mm, 1/250 sec, f/11
With Auto ISO enabled, once back outside I didn’t need to worry much about the overcast weather, as once again Auto ISO allowed the camera to increase the ISO level when needed, as the above image shows
Using and setting up Auto ISO on a Nikon camera is easy it’s not cheating, it’s a great camera function for when shooting in poor lighting when a flash gun isn’t allowed to be used, but you want to capture that action
What you waiting for, find the Auto ISO setting on your camera and give it a try.
The evening skies are blue and the countryside has broken into colour, so it’s a great time to get out and practice using Aperture Priority and different ISO settings to capture the colours of spring.
ISO 200, 24mm, 1/3200 sec, f/4
The above photo was taken whilst driving home from work using my Nikon D7000 set to Aperture Priority. However, this image was also taken with my camera set to a function called Auto ISO. This camera function allows you to set a minimum and maximum ISO and Shutter Speed setting on your camera.
With Auto ISO set, your camera will Automatically increase or decrease the ISO and Speed levels you have selected if need and therefore helping you capture the image using the best exposure levels.
It’s lovely to really start seeing signs of spring popping up everywhere, now that the sun is finally shining. Bluebells starting to appear in the woods.
Whilst white daffodils grow by the side of a lake.
Just got to love spring
Lovely spring day, had the day off work so thought I would get out practicing taking more photos.
So mountain bike out, camera kit all packed and off I went. I hadn’t been cycling for long when I came across this lovely old watermill just outside of Petersfield in Hampshire.
ISO 100, 13mm, 0.8 sec, f/22
Using Shutter Speed Priority to help slow down the movement of the water, and then converting to black-white using Adobe Lightroom when I got home, I managed to achieve the above image.
The day was also spent taking time to practice using both ND and GD Cokin filters, using these filters together can help slow down your camera speed on bright sunny days, and also help capture any cloud cover there maybe
ISO 100, 13mm, 0.8 sec, f/22
When using both Neutral Density and Gradual Density filters together, you need to take care. As doubling up filters can create an unwanted purple tint on occasions.
Just got to love working at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, yesterday I was lucky enough to capture a Spitfire burning off excess fuel, and today’s lunch break has been spent watching people test drive Ferrari’s.
Which provided me with the opportunity to practice Shutter Speed Priority, whilst trying to add that slight blurring motion to the background, as I hope the below image shows
ISO 100, 70mm, 1/160 sec, f/11
Just a shame I only got to practice with my Nikon D7000, and didn’t get chance to test drive this lovely looking Ferrari 😉
With the weather being warm and sunny, it’s been a great couple of days just to get out during my lunch break a practice playing with Shutter Speed & Aperture Priority on my Nikon D7000.
And as the photo shows below, being in the right place at the right time can also help when it comes to capturing a great shot.
ISO 800, 300mm, 1/6400 sec, f/10
Above image clearly shows where these great World War II aircraft, might just get their name from 😉