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Here’s a behind the scenes look at the location of where turn 1 photos are taken. There’s a scaffold that’s about 2 stories high at the end of the main straight, after the sand trap. On race day, it gets filled with photographers who start arriving about an hour before the race starts to stake […]

After yesterday’s rain, qualification was in bright late afternoon sunshine. I’ve also worked out that the Nikon D4’s autofocus needs a shutter speed of at least 1/1000th to work best in AF-C or tracking autofocus mode. It struggles (with me anyway) at 1/500th, but bumping it up works a treat. Here are the photos of […]

It was a wet/dry day of F1 practise in both sessions. Here are my favourite shots. The panning shots are shot with a Nikon D3x with a 28-300mm lens and the other shots are with a Nikon D4 and a 400mm. First impressions of the Nikon D4 for sports is that the Auto Focus behaves […]

Had a chance to shoot this morning from the top of the Rialto tower. These were shot through a window with the 28-300mm lens at ISO between 6400 and 1600 with some Lightroom post processing. More photos here. and a car shot for good measure:

Just wrote about what exposure mode(s) I use for shooting sports over at Big Lens Fast Shutter. Have a read and let me know what you think! It’s how I get images like these:

Learn how and why you should use the AF-ON button to focus. Read my post on Big Lens Fast Shutter here: http://biglensfastshutter.com/2011/06/05/syd-use-a-different-button-to-focus/

I had a wonderful 5 days in NYC at the Jay Maisel Workshop. It’s hard to explain Jay’s magic but suffice to say that he is referred to by many of his contemporaries as “God”. Jay is a wonderful teacher and his philosophy is simple. The great photos have “Light, Colour and Gesture” and this […]

Followers of F1 will see many shots of the cars from the angle on the right of the image below. The left side of the image shows where the photographer is located for these shots. To get there you climb up a narrow ladder usually with a big heavy piece of glass like a 400mm […]

Accredited media had access to a car park opposite the media centre. But getting there is a journey in itself! Even if you live in the same city, it’s amazing what they’ve done to the place as the saying goes. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-MuWmA-lCs]

For over a year now I’ve been wondering what shooting sport would be like with the D3x and the 24 megapixels it offers – twice the number of pixels of the D3 and the D3s. There are just times when you need more reach from a 400mm. If I had more pixels, then I don’t […]

For sports photographers, after you’ve mastered getting a sharp image, the next challenge is composing your shot. After deciding what you want your subject to be doing you’ll need to get yourself into a position where you can get the shot with a clean background. Picture editors and publications don’t want cluttered backgrounds so you’ll […]

Rob from NPS told me this tip. If you connect your camera to the Nikon Transfer (Windows and Mac) software there’s a simple 1-click way to sync the clock on your camera bodies. If you’re shooting with multiple bodies you’ll know how important this is for post processing! Here’s a screenshot of the magic button. […]

Time to do some more funky shots. Rod Laver Arena is bathed in bright sunlight until 4pm. The playing area is lit but the walls are in shade. There’s about a 3 stop difference so if you underexpose by 1-stop when the player is in line with the background in shade you get beautiful images. […]

Day 3 had bright, harsh, Aussie sun. Discovered how beautiful the harsh light at Rod Laver Arena can be. More images here.

While shooting on court you get the emotion and atmosphere, to get a tennis shot with a clean background this is where you have to be located to get a shot like this. That’s a Getty Images and a daily newspaper photographer waiting for the right moment. They are there for the whole match.

Inspired by AP photographer Morry Gash’s photo of the NBA match Heat vs Bucks shot with a remote camera I got the Pocketwizards out today. Most remotes are set behind the goal with a fish-eye lens or an ultrawide. But I decided to try something a bit different. Lens used was a 70-200mm at 190mm. […]

I wrote about this issue 3 years ago on Flickr when I first changed over from Canon to Nikon. The problem hit me on Monday when I was shooting the A-League Round 20 match and I was tracking Robbie Kruse with my D3 and the 70-200mm. Robbie weaved around for quite awhile and my D3 […]

Mesmerizing Photo of James and Wade and how it was taken.

At today’s W-League match I was positioned at the end of the field because of the afternoon sun lighting conditions I’ve blogged about in the past. Since most of the action was the far end of the stadium I thought I’d pull out the 1.7X teleconverter and put it on the 400mm. That combo makes […]

Found this on Pixiq. It’s mainly for photojournalists and travel but the essence is still useful for sports photography:  How to Write a Professional Photo Caption. “Viewed from Philopappos Hill, the temples on the Acropolis still dominate Athens, old and new. Beyond, on the right, is the conical hill of Mount Lycabettus.”

I shot the Boyd Baker House yesterday for a future magazine story. This is a significant piece of Australia’s architecture history. It’s a beautiful house but very difficult to shoot on a bright sunny day. Some of the shots are HDR and some are balanced with fill flash inside the house. I only had a […]

Prompted by yet another JPEG versus RAW post, this time by Scott Kelby giving 3 reasons why he shoots in JPEG for sports, here’s why even for sports I don’t shoot in JPEG anymore. Despite what the brochures say, JPEG doesn’t do more continuous shots per burst in the real world. Three years ago, I […]

Shooting an international road cycling event is a huge buzz. Here’s a post about how the day unfolded when I shot the UCI Road World Championships for Southcreek. The arrival – 8.30am The first part of the day is rider sign on. For the 2010 Worlds this was in Melbourne. It’s the first Worlds where […]

Here’s where photographer’s are allowed to go to get the shots. The only event I know of where we’re allowed on the actual circuit!