Monday, 28 July 2014

Fuji Tuesday - Island Edition

This was the July edition of the Fuji Tuesday outing. This time around, there was sponsorship provided by Aden Cameras and Fuji film Canada for this event. The free ferry ride and lucky draw of an X-100s brought out the biggest group of Fuji users I have seen for these outings - it also draw out some non-Fuji users as well as I saw a Pentax storm trooper black & white edition and also a photo bomber who didn't even have a camera in our group photo.

The theme for this walk was the island camera - what one camera would you bring with you on a deserted island.

I had the X-T1 with me along with the kit lens.
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The island was busier than I expected for a Tuesday evening.
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Lots of green Fuji shirts.
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Although there was only one X100s up for the draw - there were only free SWAG given out on this outing. Amazing what sponsorship gets you.
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Beautiful - Golden hour light
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The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse during sunset
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I missed this sunset shot by 30 seconds.
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All the kids had left by this point.
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Missing some clouds in this image but I guess if I had waited around - the storm clouds would have arrived but I was too tired at this point and called it a day.
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Last shot before heading back on the ferry.
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Hondy Toronto Indy - Fan Friday - Part III

This is Part III of my Honda Indy Fan Friday adventures. To see Part I and Part II, please click on the links.

The morning shooting opportunities was kindly provided by Sony Canada but in the afternoon, I was a freelancer once again. I had been lugging around a Nikon D800e with the 200-400mm F4 VRI lens all day in my backpack in the hopes that I could get into one of the fence cut-out shooting positions – sadly as I found out in the morning – those were reserved for the Bib photographers. So off I went in search of an alternative vintage point to shoot from.

The first spot I found was the walking bridge over Lakeshore Blvd. that connects Ontario Place to the Ex. This was an interesting position as the organizations didn’t want people to stand right on top of the track as they were afraid that the fans would drop things onto the fastest portion of the track. This is the fastest portion of the track with cars being able to reach 250 km / h. Any objects hitting the cars or drivers at that speed would be bad news.
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However, you were allowed to stand on the portion outside of the track. That was where I positioned myself. I found that the 200-400mm was too much lens for panning shots that close to the action when you were standing right over the track.
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I wanted to practice panning and went in search of a better position. I found that in the stands. Here is what I was able to get with this camera and lens combo.
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Although it was just a practice day - there were still accidents on the track.
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After a long wait - the Indy cars came out.
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The home-town favorite - James Hinchcliffe driving the 27 car.
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He must have had his car in the Pit as I didn't really see the #27 car go around too many times.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Honda Indy Fan Friday – Part II

I hope you enjoyed part I of my adventures inside the Pit from Fan Friday at the Toronto Honda Indy in Exhibition Place. If you missed it, you can see my venture with the new Sony SLT-A77 MkII and the Sony 70-200mm f/2.8G SSM II lens – here.

I wanted to follow up with that post with some images from my other camera. For events where I am using a long telephoto lens – I like to bring along a second camera with a wide angle lens for a different view. For this event, the second camera was the Fuji X-T1 with the 18-55 kit lens.

Here are some images from that second camera inside the pit on a practice run with the Acura Sports Car Challenge automobiles.
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A practice run with the Indy cars.
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After the practice - the cars are towed back to the Paddocks
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I guess for some teams, they prefer to push rather than tow the car.
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The work doesn't stop just because the cars are not on the track.
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This is Lakeshore Ave. the fastest portion of the course - people can only dream about driving full speed down this stretch of road - Indy cars can get up to 250 km / hr in this portion of road.
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Honda Indy Toronto - Fan Friday

The IndyCar series once again makes a stop in Toronto for a double header this year. Two separate races on Sat & Sun.

It has become a tradition that Friday's admission is paid for by the sponsor (Honda Ontario Dealers) and fans can enter with a donation to a charity. The Charity for 2014 is Make-A-Wish® Canada.

I had the opportunity to shoot from Pit Lane with some new Sony gear on Fan Friday. I had Sony's latest 'Single Lens Translucent' SLT-77 MkII camera. This camera has a 24MP sensor and can shoot up to 12 fps. There are no moving mirrors in this camera and no OVF - just a fixed translucent mirror that splits the light to the imaging sensor and to the AF sensor.

I had never used one of these cameras before but I had heard great things about it so I asked to try one out with the 70-200mm F2.8G lens. No problem, here you go was the answer I received from Sony as Isabelle, the Sony rep handed me the camera and lens. It took me a minute to play around the menus to find the major settings and off to the Pit I went.

I would normally NOT recommend doing this - getting a brand new camera and running off to an event that you have never shot at before with 2 mins to get familiar with the camera before the action starts. But that was exactly the situation I found myself in, I only had limited time with the camera along with access to Pit Lane plus the practice had already started - so I had no choice but to run on over to the track.

So from my one experience in Pit lane here is my feelings it - the good and bad about Pit Access for the general public:

Bad:
1) It is costly - $175 for a 3 day access pass on top of the admission fees.
2) There are other photographers (guys and girls with the Bibs) who have better access than you and will block your shoots - not on purpose but because they will be closer to the action and there are limited sight lines from your allowed positions.
3) Cars only enter pit lane when the practice starts and ends or when there is a caution flag - otherwise, there is very little action in Pit lane.

Good:
1) Cars have to drive slower when entering Pit lane - easier for you to photograph.

From the Acura Sports Car Challenge featuring the Pirelli World Challenge.
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2) You can see interesting people in the Pit lane.

James Hinchcliffe & Kirsten Dee
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The UFD Girls & Kirsten Dee
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This gentleman didn't seem too happy about his car after the practice.
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So, if you want to see more automotive action - you have to get out into the stands - unless you have a Bib and can get to the openings they cut into the fence for the Bib photographers. Alas, I didn't have a Bib so I had to go high into the stands to shoot over the fences.

At the stands - Turn 3 - still not high enough to avoid the fence.
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Of course, there was action off the track as well.
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I just wanted to thank Sony Canada and especially Pat & Isabelle who took care of me at the event and also Rob who couldn't be there but who helped to make this opportunity possible for me. The new SLT-77 with the 70-200mm is an excellent camera - I had some issues with focusing but I think it was because I didn't know how to change the AF mode from full auto waiter mode to the semi-auto modes that I prefer to use.
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