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Australia Day Wheelchair Race in the Rocks…

by on Feb.06, 2013, under Life, Photography

I joined some friends for an early morning in The Rocks on Australia Day to photograph the GIO Oz Day 10K wheelchair race.

It was a great morning to be out shooting and the action was good (and boy can some of those Paralympic Athletes move). It was perfect for practicing both telephoto closeup shots of the action as well as some wide angle panning technique.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer.

A little pre race practicing on the course

NIKON D600 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm, 1/1600 sec at f/2.8, ISO 360

The leaders steaming into the Rocks on the first lap

NIKON D600 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm, 1/800 sec at f/2.8, ISO 110

Some wide angle panning on one of the bends – 1/50th sec at 23mm with a little pop of flash from the on camera flash in Slow Sync mode – this one felt like it almost took me out 🙂

The Bend

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 23 mm, 1/50 sec at f/16, ISO 100

Down further on the course I could get really close to the riders without being run down on the corner 🙂 – here I’m using a slightly faster shutter at 1/100 sec at 35mm and again a kiss of on camera flash. I got lucky and framed riders coming in opposite directions on the course.

Opposing Forces

NIKON D600 + 16.0-35.0 mm f/4.0 @ 35 mm, 1/100 sec at f/9, ISO 100

lastly an image which to me showed the grim determination and incredible upper body strength of some of these athletes – it’s not technically perfect but I like the image none the less…


NIKON D600 + 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, 1/2000 sec at f/2.8, ISO 500

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