This is a cautionary tale, told against myself
Yesterday, the Tour of Britain cycle race came by, actually no more than 100m from my home, so I went along to see Bradley Wiggins and his mates (if you're British you probably know who Bradley is, if you're not you probably won't care)
Naturally I took my camera, a Canon 600D along. I have three lenses: a 17-70mm f2.8-4.0, a 70-300mm f4-5.6, and a 18-270mm f3.5-6.3. I didn't know where my vantage point would be, so I just took the 18-270mm.
(I'm no sports photographer) but I decided on a fast shutter speed (1/1000), "servo" focus, and multi-exposure shooting. I also decided to shoot just in JPEG, because I knew I would have to shoot quickly (the peloton goes by in not much more than 30 seconds) and the buffer would have filled with RAW. There would be no chance to change settings once the action started.
I found my spot, experimented with White Balance to find which was most pleasing, and settled down. Then, as the cyclists drew near the skies got darker and darker, and it had just started to rain as they came past. I shot away, the LCD seemed to suggest I'd got some decent shots, and headed for home.
Up onto the PC and oh dear. Noise - lots of it. When I checked the EXIF's - yes, ISO's up to 5000.
What do I think I did wrong?
- When I looked at the EXIF's I realised that almost all were at focal lengths less than 70mm. I should have taken all my lenses, and selected the most appropriate one when I knew where I would be. (Obviously, I would have used the faster and better 17-70mm)
- As the lighting conditions changed I should have re-evaluated the set up. I would probably have compromised on the shutter speed to get the ISO down. Or maybe not, the point is I didn't think about it.
Well, the Tour won't be coming past again, so it's to work with PSE and try some noise reduction. Still, a couple of lessons learned, I think.