View Full Version : Help with Digital Photos

12-11-2005, 10:11 PM
I am having trouble taking pics when in dusty inviroments. I get a snowed effect on my pics. Is there something I could do to avoid the snowed look.

Examples - My son, Blain, his first ride on a MX Track

http://x11.putfile.com/12/34322442243-thumb.jpg (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=12/34322442243.jpg&s=x11)

http://x11.putfile.com/12/34322424961-thumb.jpg (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=12/34322424961.jpg&s=x11)

http://x11.putfile.com/12/34322471989-thumb.jpg (http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=12/34322471989.jpg&s=x11)

12-11-2005, 10:30 PM
well... here are a couple things I would say to "critique" the photos you posted... and hopefully it will help you in choosing a style of shooting...

first of all dust is horrible to get into a digital camera... so with that in mind what you want to try and do is shoot further away from the subject and use zoom if necessary.

second carry a little can of spray air with you to keep your optics clean... the dust will settle on the lens causing snow and spots.

third shoot more in the daylight... I know I know... its winter and that is a REAL PITA... but unfortunately to get the better shots it is what needs to happen...

to get shots like the following you must keep in mind the action at hand... MX is bittersweet for photography... because the elements are rough, but the subjects are colorful and leading a shot is all relative to knowing the track and speed of the bikes...


This photo was taken with a Rebel XT with the following lens settings and camera settings.

200mm Focal Length
f/2.8 aperature
1/1000sec shutter speed

I was physically standing 25-30feet away from the subject so that I could use the lens to its maximum capacity and keep the elements away from the camera... and this generally is a dusty track.

so in review...

1-Keep as far from subject as you can
2-Keep preventive measures around in case your camera lens gets dusty
3-Shoot in favorable conditions whenever possible
4-Practice Practice Practice...

12-11-2005, 11:51 PM
Thank you very much!

So simple yet I had no clue.

Thanks again!

12-12-2005, 08:12 AM
welcome... =)