My First Attempt at Action Sports Photography

ATV Racing at the Missouri State Fair

ATV Racing at the 2012 Missouri State Fair.

Photography has developed into a small hobby of mine since taking a multimedia journalism class at Mizzou. That class inspired me to purchase a Canon T2i DSLR for personal use. So far, I’ve loved it.

My budget is pretty constrained as a college student, but I’ve managed to scrounge together enough cash for some basic lenses. Currently I have the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 “kit” lens that came with my T2i, an EF 50mm f/1.8 and a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6. All three are relatively inexpensive plastic lenses, but they suit my photo needs just fine.

The EF-S 55-250mm was my most recent lens purchase, and a trip to the ATV races at the Missouri State Fair a few weeks ago gave me the opportunity to put the new lens through it’s paces. Reviews for the lens online weren’t great, but it was the best telephoto option for my budget. My primary issue with the lens was that it was quite slow to focus. I missed a number of shots because the lens’s autofocus could not keep up with the ATVs. The lens was also fairly useless once the sun went down. The weak stadium lighting simply wasn’t enough for the relatively slow lens.

However, I was impressed with the capabilities of the lens overall. I was able to get some nice images while the sun was still up, and at $200 it is just a fraction of the cost of most telephoto lenses. You really can’t beat it for the price.

The trip to the fair was also an opportunity for me to practice action and sports photography. The ATV races were my first attempt at shooting fast moving objects. I found the experience to be somewhat challenging, but enjoyable. I missed quite a few shots early on because I really had no idea what I was doing, but after shooting a few races I started to get the hang of it. I managed to get a few shots I was really happy with. You can see some of the shots in the gallery below.

ATV Racing at the 2012 Missouri State Fair

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