Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Fuji X-T2 in action!

If you have read my recent posts you will know I recently part-exchanged my A6000 kit for a Fuji X-T2, 50-140mm F2.8 lens, 1.4x Teleconverter and booster grip. I have posted some of my initial experiences and shots in my recent posts. I have certainly been impressed with the performance of the camera and lens, especially with the booster grip.

One of the reasons I bought the combination of kit that I did was so I could shoot motorsport. Recently, I went with my daughter to Harewood Speed Hillclimb, a hill climb near the village of Harewood, West Yorkshire, England. Basically, cars compete against the clock, racing around the course as fast as they can. They compete in classes so that it's fair, as obviously, classic cars won't perform the same as high-performance modern cars.

It was a great experience and everyone we met was very friendly. The weather was typical for an English summer, a mix of sunny and hot, with the odd spell of rain clouds threatening to unload on us at any time. Thankfully it didn't rain and it also didn't get too hot.

I managed to fill two 64GB SD cards so I am still sorting through my images. However, here are some examples from the day. Enjoy.

The first one is an example of my first attempt at panning. I edited the image is Luminar, though to be honest, I think I overdid the colour correction a bit and will probably re-edit it soon.

The second image was taken from a different viewpoint, further up the track. In the end, we moved to a spot further down the hill as we found it difficult to pan and also we were a bit too far away from the cars as they came out of the last but one bend. The image isn't as heavily post-processed. Again I used Luminar (Pluto edition) to improve contrast and tweak sharpness etc.

I can certainly recommend the track for getting up close to the cars as they race up the hill. You can also wander around the paddock, talking to drivers, mechanics and officials, all of whom are very friendly. It's a great way to get some behind the scenes shots and learn more about the vehicles etc. In my next post, I will post some images from the paddock area.

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