Made it to the Chatsworth Motopark Race yesterday with Colin in tow. It’s always a fun day if there are bikes ripping round a track and I’ve got my camera in my hands. The track is a good two hour hike from our place even a little longer if your GPS decides to play silly buggers at the beginning of your journey. I’m still on the hunt for a decent long lens with a fast focus. I’m probably going to have to suck it up, bite the bullet and get the L – Glass f4, 70-200mm, which as you know ain’t cheap. Last week our stove literally blew up and as we decided that maybe we should follow the same logic we used to replace its cousin, Mr. dishwasher (don’t go cheap) it puts any immediate plans for an expensive long lens out of reach for the time being.
Chatsworth has much better track access for photography than the previous track so my Sigma 17 – 70mm was good enough for most of my shots. As it was a bright day, I threw my variable ND filter on to knock some of the flare out of the glare and decided to shoot ate ISO 800 for the majority of the day. I may kick the ISO down for future shooting opportunities but I’m finding in post that a higher shutter speed helps the focus keep up in those panning shots that are a staple of shooting motorsports. That being said, If I was shooting cars, I’d keep the ISO around 400.
This post is going to be heavy on shots of dirt bikes sailing through the air or digging in the dirt. I’m not going to post up a lot of context other than to say the riders range in age from seven to early sixties. Most riders are amatures out for a good time but there’s a Pro Am class racing hell bent for leather for points too. It’s interesting to see the attitude change in a rider when the end result is for points and money.
Of course the real reason I was out there was to see the vintage bikes race. Maybe they aren’t as flash as the new stuff, or as fast but they sure are fun to watch.
I’ll post up more later in the week as I’m still going through my shots. I recommend anybody to go out and catch a race for themselves if they can, they’re lots of fun and the atmosphere is very cool and laid back. Well off the track at least.