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Michael Penny

Any help on shooting race cars at night

Ive been asked to do some shots of a friends race kart at a local track it will be at day and night although I know the track has some lighting its pretty much looks like a seedy back street (lighting wise)any tips on film iso I was thinking 800iso thats the fastest ive seen thats available with out ordering .But then if I get "the shot" how far can 800iso be enlarged without going grainy any info would be grateful .ps im using a canon eos 3000n ,no speedlite only have the built in flash and will be about 5-10m away so the flash will be usless anyway.

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4/16/2005 6:27:39 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Well Michael, in daylight you shouldn't have any problem even with medium speed film say in the 200-400 ISO range. You can generally stop motion with 250th of a sec or even at 1/125th. Panning the camera to follow the kart as it moves along the track is a good technique to try, especially if you have a tripod of just a monopod to give your camera a bit of additional stability.

At night of course, you've got a different story and trying to illuminate the scene you described with a built in flash from 30 feet away is going to be pretty difficult. Instead of 800 speed film, you could try 3200 that should be available locally. Ilford or T-max for black and white. Fujipress color negative film can be rated at ISO 1600 which has a pretty wide exposure latitude. At 1600 you're essentially pushing the film by one stop or shooting one stop underexposed. Fujipress will produce reasonably good images at that ISO although the colors may be a bit flat. And, you're right in that at those ISOs, 35mm grain with prints larger than say 5x7" will probably have noticeable grain although it could produce some interesting effects. Beyond that, either a speedlite or larger flash, catch your friend racing at a different track that has better lighting at night or shoot in daylight. That's about all I can suggest.
Take it light. Mark

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4/16/2005 7:12:50 PM

Michael Penny   Hi and thanks Mark for the tips on film il try and get my hands on some .You sound as though you have had a bit of experience using that sort of high speed film do you plan to put any shots up in your gallery it would be great to see some.Thank's again and keep shooting!!!

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4/17/2005 3:14:08 AM

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