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Aston Martin Owners Club Snetterton

A friend suggested that I go along with him to Snetterton race circuit as he belongs to the Aston Martin Owners Club or AMOC. As I don't have an interest in cars and motorsport I have little experience with this type of photography and was keen to try it out.

Typically with sports and wildlife photography a long focal length is required in the 200 to 300 millimeter range or more. I do own a sigma 70-300 F/4.5 for Nikon. This is a cheap starter lens that cost me £120 on ebay a few years ago.  I try not to use this as I don't like the results I get from using it and rarely get pleasing results. A professional 70-200 lens would cost about £1000.

Using my sigma 105mm lens I have an effective focal length of 204 millimeters. Crop factor of 1.95 when using the extra crop mode which was not enough. To achieve an acceptable image I cropping most of the image. I try avoid cropping as you waste all that information from the original picture which limits how big a picture can be printed without degrading. 

Good day out, the sun was very bright which is difficult to photograph in. Overall the pictures I took were reasonable but certainly could do with improvement .The fee was £14, but during the week the race circuit hosts track days where entry is free. I will return next year to have another go and practice the panning technique. 

Visit the flickr album for more images from the day.