I have taken a couple of more photography classes since September. The two last ones about capturing speed and about night photography. The purchase of my new toy had been initiated by a missed opportunity during the finish of the Tour de France this year, when I had Lance and Alberto directly in front of me, and all I got was a lousy blurred photo. So I am hoping this will be different in 2010. I want them to be recognizable this time. But a good camera is not enough, there are some little tricks involved about capturing speed, I was hoping to learn. We took the photos around the Place de la Concord to appreciate the impact of using 1/1000 versus 1/60 on the water fountains, and then continued learning to capture sharp impages of the cars circulating around the Place de la Concorde, which is basically obtained by following the object with your camera (panning). Sonds easy but takes a little practice to master. So I got my Tour de France training, Lance I am ready !
Capturing the Fountain in the Jardin de Tuileries with the Ferris Wheel on the Place de la Concorde in the background :
Tour de France 2009, with my old toy. Lousy. Lance is blurred. The spectators are sharp, and the buildings in the background overexposed.:
Practicing for Tour de France 2010 on Place de la Concorde with my new toy, not yet perfect, but will be getting there. With panning the bikes are almost sharp, the background (Champs-Elysees with Arc de Triomphe) is blurred transmitting the notion of speed, and the exposure correct. :
The other class was about night photography, and I especially appreciated learning about the streaked light effects with long exposure, and the effects of changing the focal length during exposure ("zoom burst").
Here again the link to the site where I booked the classes: http://www.jeveuxetrephotographe.com