The Illusion of Speed
I was out today at the Albury/Wodonga Kart Club’s monthly raceday (well, the heats, anyhow). It was an enthusiastic celebration of hydrocarbons, and I dragged along a camera to capture the fun. (And a big lens - I shot this one with the 300mm f/2.8 L, which looks more like a bazooka than anything else.)
Shooting motorsports isn’t easy. If you have a fast shutter speed (above about 1/500th), you don’t get any motion, and the cars might as well be standing still. Slower than that, though, and you need to catch the cars at a slow point - preferably right at the apex of a corner, like this snap. #11 was right on the apex; #6 was just past it, and was blurred even at 1/125th.
It doesn’t hurt to have a good image stabiliser, either (especially because I was an idiot and shot handheld rather than borrowing a tripod. That lens is heavy!).