I’d never been to a bike meeting before today, and I know little about specific models etc, but I like most things with an engine…especially if they have some history, so if I have this wrong, I’d be happy to be corrected.

This (I believe) is a 500cc Manx Norton circa 1954 still doing what it was built for – racing!

This is my first attempt at photographing bike racing, so just getting some half-decent shots was my intention today – I think I’ve bagged a few worth uploading, so here’s the first!

Nikon D80. Sigma 70-300mm APO. 1/500th f/10 ISO 1250

Comments

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnabout 5 years ago

    Great action shot!

  • Thank you Torfinn.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Ben Kern
    Ben Kernabout 5 years ago

    Hmmm, not bad at all for a first attempt! This is quite nice. Let’s see some more!

  • Thanks Ben!
    It was apparent to me that I really needed a HSM lens as the Sigma uses the camera motor for focusing, and was struggling with the bikes as they approached, so a panning shot was my best option as it didn’t need much variation in focus.
    I tried a pre-set manual focus with a small aperture for a decent DoF, but the high ISO needed resulted in too much noise.
    Anyway, it’s all good practice! :-)

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...about 5 years ago

    Brilliant pan shot!!

  • Thank you Ken.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Ben Kern
    Ben Kernabout 5 years ago

    Practice, play…. call it whatever, just keep doing it! I’ve taken my camera to the race track from time to time with dismal results, so I know how tricky it is.

  • You’re absolutely right Ben.
    I enjoyed the challenge of working with a new motorsport subject. Bikes behave differently to cars. Cars usually have just one line through a corner…not so with bikes! And so I realised after the event finished that I need to observe the subject more.
    I enjoy having variety in my photography….I’m always moving from one subject to another…from one technique to another – it’s this mobility that keeps me interested.

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • MSport-Images
    MSport-Imagesabout 5 years ago

    Top shot mate – Combe again?

  • Spot-on! ;-)

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • Svetlana Sewell
    Svetlana Sewellabout 5 years ago

    Excellent job!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Many thanks Svetlana.

    Paul

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • bygeorge
    bygeorgeabout 5 years ago

    Paul! for a first this is great and what a bike – the Manx is one of my favorites – so is this shot – very well done mate top stuff :-))

  • Thanks George – appreciated!
    I attended a speed trial at the weekend where real vintage bikes (e.g. Douglas, Norton, Triumph etc) were up against some quite modern stuff – seeing an old bike out-perform a contemporary sports bike was something special!

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago


    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks very much!

    – Paul Woloschuk

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldalmost 4 years ago

  • Great! Many thanks!

    – Paul Woloschuk

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