Hello from the A1GP Media Centre

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by DD, Jan 29, 2006.

  1. DD

    DD Guest

    Day one was wet, day two was blisteringly hot, sunny & humid. Today is
    the big day and the weather looks to be a little kinder to all. It's a
    bit cooler and partly cloudy right now.

    I got here at 6.10am this morning and only expect to leave at around
    midnight tonight - BIG party with the teams and the media, to which
    yours truly is invited. Hooray.

    Photography is extremely difficult around the circuit mainly because of
    the fencing and concrete walls . There are a few holes in the fence
    around the circuit, but for every hole there are about 50 photogs! Bun
    fight! Pan shooting is next to impossible. I managed to get a few shots
    at the second corner but even shooting at f/11 and 1/640sec the cars are
    still moving fast enough to look a bit blurred.

    After about five minutes of being at the trackside yesterday my ears
    were screaming in pain, so I mugged somebody and stole their earplugs.
    Only joking, I bought them. These cars are LOUD! Bloody Jos Verstappen
    seems to have the loudest of them all.

    Those of us wearing white tabards are allowed onto the grid, so
    hopefully I will be able to bring you some decent pics of the glamour
    side later today. I could have sworn I saw Murray Walker sitting at one
    of the pubs outside the media centre yesterday, but then again it was
    really hot so I might have been hallucinating. I did see Emmerson
    Fittipaldi and obviously all the drivers.

    For pics click link:

    http://www.dallasdahms.com/A1GP/index.htm
     
    DD, Jan 29, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    It sounds like you had severe constraints that unfortunately kept you from
    panning.
    The effect in most of these shots are cars that appear to be
    sitting....parked.
    -Not exactly giving a sense of motion... but it sounds like you couldn't do
    much due to fence, etc.
    I think you might try a bit less shutter speed to allow a bit of blur. If
    you can't motion-blur the background with panning, maybe you can at least
    allow a bit of blur in car. Otherwise, they look pretty static.

    (except, of course, for that one VERY blurry image...which happens to be my
    favorite of the bunch--even though there is not auto detail visible)

    BTW--the interface on this little web-page is neat-looking, but extremely
    inconvenient.
    There is no way to view each shot in sequence without individually clicking
    on each tiny thumb...and as soon as you try to move to the next, it grows a
    bit...which forces you to skip a thumb or two...meaning you then have to go
    back to the skipped one to see the full sequence.

    Perhaps that's not your site, but it needs some work.
    Looks? A+
    Utility? D
    :)
    PS--What the heck is that black thing in the first image?
     
    Mark², Jan 29, 2006
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    Da Frank Guest

    Thanks for those. Nice pics.
    Hm.. Tifosi. Don't they know there are no Ferraris there ? Who am i
    kidding, probably not, they are Tifosi. :)

    ps To Mark and others : Look at the pics right to left, it's easier to
    navigate. Oh and death to Flash.
     
    Da Frank, Jan 29, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    Ya...I noticed that later on...
    Still a very fiddly design.
    -Much prefer to simply click thumbs that are big enough to actually see,
    rather than microscopic little squares that look like they MIGHT resemble a
    piture...
    :)
     
    Mark², Jan 29, 2006
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    Phil Newnham Guest

    It's not Flash, it's Java - I know this because I had to turn Java on to
    be able to see the pics.
     
    Phil Newnham, Jan 29, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    The page utilizes Java to help implement the design, but it's definitely
    flash driving it. In fact, looking at the code, I've never seen anything
    quite like it.
     
    Matt Clara, Jan 29, 2006
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    Mardon Guest

    <*snip*>

    I agree that it's definitely flash. That's easily seen from a look
    at the source code. The source code also contains this line:
    "FlashObject embed by Geoff Stearns
    http://choppingblock.com/" Perhaps Chopping Block are the designers?

    In any event, the fact that most of this thread talks about the web
    interface rather than the photos, is a good indication that the flash
    design needs some work. I actually gave up looking at the photos
    until Frank pointed out that I should look at them from right to
    left. I wasn't that smart on my own! :(
     
    Mardon, Jan 29, 2006
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    Pete Fenelon Guest

    Rather scrappy pair of races with too much driver error, seemed like
    a seriously narrow and bumpy track - probably more suited to something
    the size of an F3 rather than the A1GP car. But flippin' 'eck, that move
    on the last lap of the feature more than made up for the same driver's
    cockup in the sprint!

    pete
     
    Pete Fenelon, Jan 29, 2006
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    Wifton Percy Guest

    Forza Jos the Boss! ;-)
     
    Wifton Percy, Jan 29, 2006
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  10. DD

    DD Guest

    Always a problem.
    The cars are too quick for that.
    ?? Probably rain spray that makes it look blurred.
    I'll be sure to pass your comments on to the people at Adobe who added
    it as a utility to CS2.
    That's the nose cone for the Team New Zealand car.

    Lots more images today - busy downloading now. Don't think I will be
    able to post more today...

    I'M KNACKERED!!!!!
     
    DD, Jan 29, 2006
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  11. DD

    DD Guest

    Didn't see his move, but he certainly looked happy to win.
     
    DD, Jan 29, 2006
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    DD Guest

    It's a utility that is built into Adobe Photoshop CS2. Simply point it
    at the folder holding the images and tell it where to put the output.

    I just didn't have the time to properly sort out the image size and
    thumbnail size. Will do so next week.

    WHAT A DAY!!!
     
    DD, Jan 29, 2006
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    Charles Guest

    Crap utility. Just because Adobe added it does not make it good. Just
    listen most of the people who visited your site had an issue with it.
    So there must be a problem as the issue was consistent.
     
    Charles, Jan 29, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    It was fine for a quick job--only the internet illiterate would be unable to
    view the images.
     
    Matt Clara, Jan 29, 2006
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    Da Frank Guest

    That's not a nice thing to say about Mardon. ;-p

    Yes guys, stop knocking it. Dallas did all that between qualifying day
    and race day. Maybe i'm getting unfit, but spending 14-15 hours on my
    feet at the race track will not likely find me rushing home to play
    with jpegs and write a neat html page or java application..
    Point was made, he acknowledged it and will probably do something
    about it.. (probably by saying, screw you, you ungreatful lot)

    Those of you in the photo group can now return to bash the image
    quality, the use of shutter speeds and light sources and we on Rasf1
    will resume abusing the drivers and the looks of the cars.
    Deal ? ;-)
     
    Da Frank, Jan 29, 2006
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    HooDooWitch Guest

    Wot 'e said.

    In order to view it I had to break out IE, FFS.
     
    HooDooWitch, Jan 29, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    Too quick to create a bit of motion blur???
    That doesn't make any snese.
    No... I mean the shot where there is this big blurry blob that is obviously
    a car flying by.
    I like that one.
    Didn't know that...but...it isn't very friendly.
     
    Mark², Jan 29, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    I haven't done or heard any bashing.
     
    Mark², Jan 29, 2006
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    DD Guest

    Thanks Frank. That was the most exhausting thing I have ever
    photographed. I eventually decided to forego the media party because I
    just couldn't stand up any more. I left the media centre at about 6.45pm
    and got home an hour later. I live less than 10kms from where the race
    was held. Almost heard the whole of James' "Getting Away with it"
    concert on the way.

    I got some really nice shots of the opening ceremony yesterday, plus a
    few of the accidents at the first corner (hairpin). God, those marshalls
    were the most inept people I have ever had the misfortune of being in
    proximity to. Talk about retarded, I think they must have had a
    collective IQ of about 75 between all of them, especially the bunch at
    the hairpin. Cars were spinning off all over the show and even with the
    safety car out, most of them were too stupid to do anything about the
    debris on the track or move the cars out of the way.
     
    DD, Jan 30, 2006
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  20. Usually, I boycott flash. I don't if that makes me 'illiterate'. I just don't
    want any junk that distracts from the content. So, if a photographer can't
    display his work without flash, then I will be happy to do without it.

    In this case, I viewed it with a browser that did have flash (I probably
    forgot to disable it after I needed it, or something like that). It was a
    good reminder to keep boycotting flash.
     
    Philip Homburg, Jan 30, 2006
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