Light is Everything!

“Eve of Destruction”

Last night in Estevan was the “Eve of Destruction” at the Estevan Motor Speedway. We had ourselves a little Combine Demo Derby & Car Rollover Contest. Honestly, who WOULDN’T want to come out and see a dozen or more old combines smash into each other losing tires and parts until they can’t move anymore?! 😆 It was pure pandemonium! Last night I was there as a spectator and I never left the stands. I was totally envious of Byron Fichter who was on the track getting the mad shots uninhibited by fence and other spectators. Check out his stuff on Facebook. It was a lot of fun, though to be honest, motor sports aren’t really up my alley. They do provide awesome opportunities for photos though, which is always a treat. The car flip n’ smash was a riot too, as well as all the moto cross kids. They did a fantastic job to the crowds applauding approval. So the next time you get the urge to drive your combine into a fence, the local CO-OP, or another combine, DO IT! Charge $20.00 bucks a head and people will come for miles around to witness your carnage. Throw on a chicken suit for added fun. Why not?! 8)

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Photo Geek Insights: This situation was incredibly brutal for taking photos. All there was for light was the sodium vapour lamps way up on posts to illuminate the track.  When you have no light, you have to bump up the ISO. In my case, I was not shooting f/2.8 glass which would have helped tons. I was stuck at around f/5.6 which necessitated me shooting at ISO 2000 for many shots! 😯 On a DX format camera, that’s a recipe for noisy, grainy shots. But, it allows you to get the shots. Another example of your pixels not being pretty, but you’ll at least get pictures. I was shooting manually too, purposely underexposing the photos by 2 stops so I could maintain shutter speed to freeze action. To stop the MX bikes, I thought I’d need at least 1/200, which is fairly quick for no light. Thankfully we have post processing that allows one to salvage the shots. It would be an ideal environment for strobe actually, but as a spectator, you’re doing the best you can with what you have to work with.


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