Knockhill Speed Sunday and Scottish VAG – 22nd February 2009

Sunday saw me up at Knockhill Racing Circuit, the first time this year, for the Scottish VAG mega meet and Knockhill’s Speed Sunday event. There was a huge turnout from the Scottish VAG members with some lovely cars in attendance including Volkswagen, Audi, Seat and Skoda. We got some good photo’s of most of the cars on show and I made an attempt at taking some shots of the cars on track too…

25/02/2009 Update: I’ve added Adrian’s gallery to the article, track shots are still to come.

Scottish VAG Meet

ScottishVAG had a huge turnout presenting us with loads of great photo opportunities. But of course the meet had a more well meaning purpose, the meet was in aid of the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland with the proceeds of a raffle being donated to Rachel House in Kinross. As we wandered round the paddock area I was eager to test out my CHDK card in my Canon IXUS 860IS, the CHDK firmware patch enables a whole host of extra features, greatly extending the functionality of the point & shoot camera. However all I used it for was its ability for taking macro HDR shots. I used this, a tweaked script and a gorilla pod to take shots with 1EV either way. When merged and tweaked in Photoshop the results were pretty impressive:

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My brother was looking forward to using his Sony A200 digital SLR a little more and trying out some of the filters he’s collected. Its a bit of a learning curve in comparison to his previous Fujifilm FinePix S5600 but once mastered it should give excellent results. He’s yet to upload his photo’s but I’ll post them here when he’s done. My brother has begun uploading his shots, they’re trickling in tho as he hasn’t much time for processing. This gallery will continue to update as they’re added.

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Our pal Scott casually took snaps with his Sony Ericsson mobile, I’ve never used my mobile camera for anything other than small MMS photo’s but was pretty impressed with the quality of his photos. At full resolution with no processing there’s a fair amount of noise, but they’re probably good enough to make decent regular sized prints.

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Speed Sunday

Action on the track was pretty good, but as per usual we were almost always at the wrong end of the track when something good happened. I made an attempt to get some decent shot of the on-track action with the panning technique but even then only a 3rd of my shots came out ok. All I can say is thank god for digital cameras and the delete button!

I’ll update this section with our photo’s once my brother’s uploaded his and I’ve whittled out all my duffers.

Further Information

Knockhill Racing Circuit
Adrian’s Flickr Page
Scott’s Flickr Page
My Flickr Page

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