The International Bugatti Rally passes through Morro Bay, CA, 20 August 2010
The International Bugatti Rally passes through Morro Bay, CA, 20 August 2010, from San Simeon, CA, on the way to Solvang, CA. Up to 70 curvy cars built from 1920 (a Brescia) to 2010 (a Veyron) started from Monterey, CA on 16 August 2010. Two Veyrons in the rally were reported to be the world’s most expensive cars worth $1.7 million each, and the world’s fastest with speeds of 268 mph. Read more: www.sanluisobispo.com/2010/08/20/1257633/bugatti-rally-ma... .
Wiki en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bugatti says "Bugatti was founded in Molsheim, then Germany, today France as a manufacturer of high performance automobiles by Ettore Bugatti, an Italian immigrant described as an eccentric genius. The original company is legendary for producing some of the most exclusive cars in the world, as well as some of the fastest. The original Bugatti brand failed with the coming of World War II, like many high-end marques of the time... The company struggled financially, and released one last model in the 1950s, before eventually being purchased for its airplane parts business in the 1960s. Today the name is owned by Volkswagen Group, who have revived it as a builder of limited production exclusive sports cars."
Photo by "Mike" Michael L. Baird, mike [at} mikebaird d o t com, flickr.bairdphotos.com; Shooting a Canon EOS 1D Mark III 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras, with circular polarizer, handheld.
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Tech note: I forgot to put lens image stabilizer into panning mode 2 - always double check camera and lens settings before a shoot. In general, for the shots in this set, I set a slow shutter speed (1/30 - 1/60) to induce motion blur into the background and wheels, but maintained a moderate depth of field (f/5.6 - f/9.0 - f/16) by using nominal ISOs (typ, 400 or less). A circular polarizer was adjusted to lose a stop, to more easily attain the desired slow shutter speed. I used low burst rate mode, AI Servo continuous tracking focus, and I set one focus point to be left and top of center to try to focus on the driver’s eye while still allowing for leading space in front of the vehicle. Mostly I was at the wide end (70mm) of the 70-200mm lens. I was sitting on the sidewalk for a low angle composition.