Bavaria City Racing and Canon 60D’s resistance to rain

Today the Bavaria City Racing took place through the streets of Dublin. It was quite the day; as is typical for Ireland it was raining. But the rain didn’t put people off going (although the fact it wasn’t being televised probably made people feel like they needed to go).

Today I discovered that the 60D isn’t as fragile as I first thought. It withstood a fair bit of rain, I took the risk of bringing it out and it paid off. I paired it with a Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L non-IS (which seems to have no weather sealing? It’s a 2002 model I believe). As I was shooting I kept popping the 60D back under the plastic poncho I was wearing (courtesy of The Sun) and kept the battery door covered by my hand as the black rapid RS-7 strap I used leaves the bottom facing upwards when the camera is resting by my side.
The 60D performed well today, I’ve always thought it had a good, snappy AF system and today proved that it most definitely does. It was very rare that I missed my focus on the cars/bikes, and when I did it was more of a user error than a camera error as I’m still new to the whole sports shooting scene (I only just started using AI Servo, I still prefer One Shot AF – how noobish of me). If I’m more than happy with the 60D’s AF system then I could only imagine what the 7D’s is like (or even the 5D Mark III’s! Although I did get to try it at Photofest.ie back in April and I was extremely confused).

So the camera performed well and I think I did alright. It was tricky, at first I was wondering how I could take something that I don’t think is very fun to watch unless you’re big into cars/bikes yourself. It was quite an entertaining event, would’ve been better in the performance area where they did tricks but it’s a shame I couldn’t afford tickets.
The weather was miserable and the moments of action were few and far between.   Looking at the photos now I believe the rain makes some of the shots; I don’t think they’d have turned out as good if it had’ve been bone dry today. The pot holes in the roads through Dublin city centre were a nice container for water to be spat up by the wheels of the cars/bikes.
Here’s some of my favourite shots from the day:

All in all I think they came out reasonably well. I’d appreciate any feedback you guys have to give me, I’m new to this are of photography! It’d be awesome to improve my skills as much as possible.

I’d also really appreciate it if you went over to my facebook and checked out the other photos from the event, like any which you think are good and if you like what you see give the page a like! – http://www.facebook.com/StuartComerfordPhotography

Hopefully I’ll have something else to talk about soon, I’m trying to get a few gigs to work at over the next little while but it’s not going too well for me. I might have another blog post up soon, might not be photography related but I’ll try and appeal to everyone’s interests!
Talk soon guys!

 

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Stuart Comerford

Award-winning photographer. Writer/Director of the feature film "The Kids Aren't Alright".

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