Tag Archives: Sports photography

Calgary stampede – Chuck wagon race

As I mentioned in my last post, I had a chance to visit backstage of Calgary Stampede. I could see chuck wagon race at close range and I tried to capture the powerful horses running hard and working together.

My camera gear was my everyday set, a rangefinder camera and I used 135mm and 90mm this time…No auto-focus nor huge 300mm 2.8 lens.  Elamrit 135mm is quite sharp even though the lens was designed 35 years ago. I often think what the evolution of camera technology for these 20 years is. I started shooting with shutter-speed fairly first, 1/250 sec.

Chuck wagon race 2012 -1 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Chuck wagon race 2012 -1 by Hiroaki Kobayashi

I do not shoot sports photography so I thought this was a good opportunity to practice panning. It was pretty difficult to get idea how first I should move my camera to follow the horses running first. I tried the shutter-speed 1/15.

Chuck wagon race 2012 -3 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Chuck wagon race 2012 -3 by Hiroaki Kobayashi

Chuck wagon race 2012 -4 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Chuck wagon race 2012 -4 by Hiroaki Kobayashi

The impression of the image is completely different from the first one. I got some ethereal images with 1/15. But it was a little too blur so I tried 1/30 and changed lens to 90mm. I think this image is dynamic enough and not too artistic as the 2nd one.

Chuck wagon race 2012 -5 by Hiroaki  Kobayashi (Hiro-K) on 500px.com
Chuck wagon race 2012 -5 by Hiroaki Kobayashi

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Sports Photography – Mountain bike

I have been posting nature photos but I like portraits as well. This is one of the photos for a client work. We had a photo session at the Calgary Olympic Park, and had a quite good time until sunset. I submitted this photo to the camera club sports competition, and I got the 2nd position.

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I was lying down on ground and used flash light with diffuser. To be honest, before I achieved this shot, so many attempts were made and every time it did not go well, this boy climb up the hill again and again. My Ultrawide Heliar 12mm lens gave me not only very sharp but also a dramatic image.