Shortly after we moved to France we cycled to see Le Tour pass through St Juire Champgillon.
There was a great atmosphere when we arrived and the crowds grew steadily as we waited, first to appear were the escorting Gendarmes followed by support vehicles crammed with bikes.
Closely followed by the peloton in hot pursuit:
The crowd go crazy cheering, yelling: allez, allez, allez…
The streets crammed with cyclists at terrific speed
Then more support vehicles
And thats it till next year
Speed up your Nikon camera for action shots: Applies to most DSLRs.
The cyclists pass you in around 20-30 seconds, therefore speed is essential. Consider the following:
1. Use a battery grip – they generally add 1 or 2 fps, that doesn’t sound much but over 10 bursts of 5 shots or 10 bursts of 7 shots provides an increase of 20 total and hopefully more ‘keepers’.
2. Check you cameras memory speed the faster your camera writes to memory, the quicker the buffer empties ready for the next burst. Sandisk & Lexar are leading brands whose 95Mb/s SD cards & high speed flash really are worth it.
3. If you shoot raw on a 24Mp camera, a 6000 x 4000 14bit large image is around 26Mb. Consider shooting smaller images or even jpegs if the levels of PP will be minimal. If raw is essential then using 12bit instead of 14bit will provide more continuous shots.
4. Turn off the following settings in photo shooting menu, unless needed:
Auto Distortion Control – only works with jpgs on Nikon anyway
Long Exposure NR – noise reduction
Auto ISO sensitivity
All impact on continuous frame rate when switched on.
Now press the shutter half way, observe the top display on the right an r with a number ie: r12 which is the number of continuous shots,
Experiment and test your set-up before you use it,
D7100 or D750 owners might like to save the setup to U1 or U2 for instant recall.
Focus: I set my autofocus to AF-C continuous with either 9 point dynamic area or Single. Group area may work to get a lock on the front runners.
Consider back button auto-focus using the AE-L/AF-L button so focussing is removed from the shutter release.
Finally, dont forget to select continuous high CH on the rotary selector et bon courage.
Any suggestions welcome, please comment & thanks for reading.