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Sports Photography as a Spectator Part 9: Horse Racing

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The latest edition of shooting sport from the spectator areas is on horse racing for Fujifilm.  

I attended the first jump meeting of the 2017/18 season at Musselburgh Racecourse on Wednesday 8th November to shoot the latest feature and came away with a nice selection of images for the Fujifilm website.

I shot the event using the Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-Pro2 fitted with the XF100-400mm and XF50-140mm f2.8 zooms plus I also used the XF16mm f1.4 prime as well.

CLICK HERE to see the full article on Fujifilm.com 




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How Big Can You Print from X-T2 File?

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One of the questions I see a lot on social media groups is 'how big can I print an image from a 24mp X series sensor?' 

I have posted on this subject before and I regularly print images up to A2 from files from 12mp, 16mp and 24mp sensors.  However I think this image from the European Le Mans Series / Michelin Le Mans Cup event at the Circuit Paul Ricard last September.

On each side of the entrance to the main pit building were two tracking shots of the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.  The ELMS image (on the left of the door) was taken by Jakob Ebrey of Jakob Ebrey Photography at Monza at the end of March.  The LMC image was taken by me.  

The size of the image can be determined by the entrance to the main building, with the porch above the door 3 metres above the ground so the tracking shot can be estimated as being 4.5 metres (14.75 ft) across and 2m (6.5 ft) high.

How big do you want to print an image?

The image was shot during the Le Mans Cup official test…

Long Exposure Workshop in East Lothian

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Yesterday I hosted the final MacLean Photographic 'Long Exposure Landscapes' workshop of 2017.  We visited Seacliff beach in the morning and then headed to the other side of Dunbar to Barns Ness Lighthouse in the afternoon. 

The weather was glorious with bright sunlight streaming across the Eat Lothian landscape casting long, deep shadows.  The only issue for the morning session was the lack of any clouds above the beach at Seacliff, meaning we had to concentrate our lenses on the waves to give any sense of movement in the long exposures.


The issue with the clouds was solved for the afternoon when the clouds that had been forecast dutifully appeared ahead of a weather front that was heading south across Scotland.

MacLean Photographic will be holding workshops in 2018 once again and you can book workshops online via the MacLean Photographic website.

CLICK HERE to see the available dates for each of the three standard workshops.  If these dates don't suit the clients schedule I …

NOVEMBER: This Month on Fujilove.com

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Here are the two articles for November on Fujilove.com.

Shooting Motorsport in Shanghai
(Published 7th November 2017)



The FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) is a series for sportscars that takes place over nine rounds in Europe, America and Asia.  The penultimate round of the 2017 season took place on the 5th November at the Shanghai International Circuit in China and proved to be the decisive race for three of the world titles being fought for by manufacturers and drivers.
Introducing the FIA WEC
The championship calendar includes one 24 hours race, the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, and eight 6-hour races in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Mexico, USA, Japan, China and Bahrain.
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Black & White or Colour for Landscapes?

(Published 25 November 2017)





Black and white or colour? Now this is a question I see again and again across social media and to be honest there is no ‘black and white’ answer (excuse the obvious pun), it really depends on the imag…

Off to Scrutineering

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The final day of activity at an FIA World Endurance Championship race weekend includes all of the cars taking part in the event undergoing the mandatory technical checks to make sure they are in compliance with the regulations for the championship.

The pitlane in Shanghai was a flurry of activity as the teams prepared their cars ahead of the 6 Hours of Shanghai on Sunday.  The teams took it in turns to push their cars to the scrutineering bay and this shot was taken of the Porsche GT Team pushing the no91 Porsche 911 RSR down to the technical area.

The image was taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF50-140mm f2.8 lens.  The camera was set on the floor as the car was pushed towards me and I used the articlated screen to make sure the framing was correct.  The camera was set to AF-C to allow the camera's autofocus to track the car as it was push down the pitlane.





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