"Ah, I love the smell of 2 Stroke in the morning!"
When most young boys first played with a "remote controlled" car, I bet their imagination and wonder went into overdrive. The ability to control a toy wirelessly at an impressionable age is fantastic.
Fast forward to the May Bank Holiday to where hundreds of grown men live out that childhood dream, but with incredibly more powerful cars. They call is (pause for dramatic effect) BASHFEST!
This post is not about the event itself. You can find out more about BASHFEST on this link.
Those that know me well will understand my obsession about photography, but lately my passion has cooled. It wasn't until I went to Bashfest that I saw opportunity to test my camera kit to their limits.
These RC Cars are 5th scale, they usually weigh anything from 20-40kg, they can travel speeds excess of 60mph and some can turn and brake faster than any African Big Cat.
Every camera essentially does the same thing; shutter, aperture, focusing, lens zoom magnification etc. The Pro cameras react quicker to the situation using those attributes faster than the consumer cameras. With photographing RC Cars, I was pushing the focusing aspect hard.
The cars may be on tracks, but their path is often erratic and random. This makes it hard for me to zoom, track, focus and shoot in a matter of seconds. Luckily my Canon 5D Mark 3 is a very fast tracker.
I was very impressed with the Canon's lighting fast focus acquisitioning. My hit rate was around 60%; and in case you're wondering I classify an HIT RATE as a clear composed image that is focused, clear and without any unusable artifacts.
So, until the next Bashfest, enjoy the photos I took at the event, most were with the Canon 5D Mark 3, but some were taken with my video camera, the Sony A6300 with an adaptor for my Canon 100-400mm lens.
To view my videos, head over to https://www.youtube.com/waitingoutside where you will find hundreds of RC CAR VIDEOS.