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Suby In The House   

Been a horrible last few days for me thanks to that creation called a PC. I now understand why those in the media business dislike PCs with such a passion. I was once a "Love PC till I die" person, but NO MORE. Steve Jobs, welcome your soon to be newest convert, Bill Gates, when you going to deliver a machine that does not crash every 3 secs, that does not give us the infernal Blue Screen Of Death each time a new application is opened etc, that does not freeze every other sec and for crying out loud, why can't a 2GB RAM speced to the hilt PC be as fast as a lower spec MAC with only 1GB RAM??? Questions questions......
 
Have had it with my PC, what have I not tried, reformatting... Done. High speced up... done, Antivirus this, and antivirus that... Done, software to speed this and that up... Done, software's to make this and that run better... Done, hard drives (got about 1.2 tera byte + so that can't be the issue) but dare open up Lightroom & CS2 at the same time and PC will start to crawl. Now stupid thing crashes every other minute... You have to update this and update that each time you as much as look at the PC, then it forces you to shut down, dare switch that off, then you have issues cause you have not downloaded the latetst patch or update.... SIGH.... Okay I admit defeat, for the office worker who sends emails, it's brilliant, for that designer or artist who wants to do any graphic work, avoid PC like the plague. (aaaaahhhh, and I still love the darn thing but I think I have to admit defeat)
 
So after spending a couple of grands buying a PC about a year + ago, I now have to eat humble pie and splash out on a MAC, aaaahhhhhhhh, now thats me spending money I just don't have, aaaaaahhhhhhhhh.
 
Anyway amidst me not having more than 5 hours of sleep over the last 3 or 4 days trying to "fix" my PC (now trying to get my Photoshop back exactly the way it was but have sadly lost all my actions and have to recaliberate my screens, AAAAAAHHHHH!!!) and getting clients pics ready, I went to Silverstone Sunday to cover an event with a bunch of car enthusiasts. I know nothing about cars, they all look alike to me, but I try to make the cars look beautiful when I snap them, This is a randomly picked image from the day, taken while the UK Drift Championship was taking place. I was stood in the stands when taking most of my images, far cry from my previous visit to Silverstone where I had a press pass and full access to the tracks.
 
These cars are soo close together while sliding all over the track it's a scary (and some say exciting) thing to watch.
 
Hope you all had a better weekend than I had, now back to tearing my "hair" out....

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Editing: Slight colour adjustment in Lightroom and imagfe crop. Addition of frame in CS2..

Words & Photography by Suby

Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do...

Please also visit our other photoblog of fashion images by clicking on Suby & Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

Drift Racing

Subysphoto

Suby In The House   

Been a horrible last few days for me thanks to that creation called a PC. I now understand why those in the media business dislike PCs with such a passion. I was once a "Love PC till I die" person, but NO MORE. Steve Jobs, welcome your soon to be newest convert, Bill Gates, when you going to deliver a machine that does not crash every 3 secs, that does not give us the infernal Blue Screen Of Death each time a new application is opened etc, that does not freeze every other sec and for crying out loud, why can't a 2GB RAM speced to the hilt PC be as fast as a lower spec MAC with only 1GB RAM??? Questions questions......
 
Have had it with my PC, what have I not tried, reformatting... Done. High speced up... done, Antivirus this, and antivirus that... Done, software to speed this and that up... Done, software's to make this and that run better... Done, hard drives (got about 1.2 tera byte + so that can't be the issue) but dare open up Lightroom & CS2 at the same time and PC will start to crawl. Now stupid thing crashes every other minute... You have to update this and update that each time you as much as look at the PC, then it forces you to shut down, dare switch that off, then you have issues cause you have not downloaded the latetst patch or update.... SIGH.... Okay I admit defeat, for the office worker who sends emails, it's brilliant, for that designer or artist who wants to do any graphic work, avoid PC like the plague. (aaaaahhhh, and I still love the darn thing but I think I have to admit defeat)
 
So after spending a couple of grands buying a PC about a year + ago, I now have to eat humble pie and splash out on a MAC, aaaahhhhhhhh, now thats me spending money I just don't have, aaaaaahhhhhhhhh.
 
Anyway amidst me not having more than 5 hours of sleep over the last 3 or 4 days trying to "fix" my PC (now trying to get my Photoshop back exactly the way it was but have sadly lost all my actions and have to recaliberate my screens, AAAAAAHHHHH!!!) and getting clients pics ready, I went to Silverstone Sunday to cover an event with a bunch of car enthusiasts. I know nothing about cars, they all look alike to me, but I try to make the cars look beautiful when I snap them, This is a randomly picked image from the day, taken while the UK Drift Championship was taking place. I was stood in the stands when taking most of my images, far cry from my previous visit to Silverstone where I had a press pass and full access to the tracks.
 
These cars are soo close together while sliding all over the track it's a scary (and some say exciting) thing to watch.
 
Hope you all had a better weekend than I had, now back to tearing my "hair" out....

_____________________________________________________________________________

Editing: Slight colour adjustment in Lightroom and imagfe crop. Addition of frame in CS2..

Words & Photography by Suby

Anyone looking for the services of Suby & Sinem as Photographers, you know what to do...

Please also visit our other photoblog of fashion images by clicking on Suby & Sinem

"Ars longa, vita brevis"

comments (15)

  • alex
  • 4 Jun 2007, 00:07
hey, i had a bad weekend too! solidarity! been baking to death in my apartment! good luck with a computer purchase, suby! alex
Suby & Sinem: LOL, why were you baking in the apartment? Thanks for the solidarity smile

Suby
Me likes.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Busola

Suby
hey have you been watching the PC/Mac commercials? so lets say for now you are the PC and I am the Mac....lol. But on the real, I was once like a PC addict, but buying a Mac was one of my best investments on a computer ever, not trying to be a sales man but this thing just works although be ready to lose some of your common programs but now you can run windows on Mac which makes things easier but sometimes complicated at the same time. Arrrrrgh...too much much talks but I like the shot.
Suby & Sinem: I swear it's an international conspiracy, since that advert came out me being having problems with my PC lol. Well that MAC will be showing up real soon (as soon as Mr Money sends himself into my wallet ) sad
Sorry to hear about your IT problems. Macs supposedly run UNIX now, which would explain why they work. I like your racing shot, but these cars are not Drag Racing, they are Drifting. Drifing is sort of like figure skating on cars. You get scored on how pretty you look rather than on how fast you go. So it really isn't racing at all, but people seem to enjoy it nonetheless. It definitely makes for dramatic pictures.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Martin, you are 100% right, I forgot it was Drift Racing I was watching yesterday, they all look alike to me lol. Made the changes, you seem to know a lot about this, a car enthusiast?
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa, currently Wales
  • 4 Jun 2007, 06:13
Good morning Subes. A couple of things here: Now I can see that this site is all down to reputation and personality; I post a lot of (dare I say it better) motor sport shots and the views I get are nowhere near this.
From a photo perspective, I will say that you have committed the cardinal sin of freezing the action; if it was not for the smoke, the viewer would think that the cars were parked on the track - I know that this is not your thing bro, so please allow me to give a little advice here: Drop the shutter speed next time, zoom in closer (take a 500 zoom if you will be in the stands)and try to pan the shots a little to blur the b/g and therefore convey motion, the lower shutter speed will put some motion blur into the wheels as well.
On the positive side of things, you have got the colours down nice!!grin grin I guess that now you know this ain't the easiest form of photography to get right and maybe will view my own photos in a more sympathetic light in future!! smile smile Many regards to you and Sinem. Neil.
Suby & Sinem: Mr Neil, I agree with you about the panning, but to tell the truth, I absolutely disliked the images I took that way and decided to do it my way (thank God the clients absolutely love them). Me not a car photographer and did not want to offer the clients your usual bog standard racing shots, they have those ones already. 500mm Zoom, the Neil Man is a Joker isn't he, what am I going to do with that? I do maybe 2 or 3 sports shoots a year lol For me I am more interested in making the cars look dramatic with the background and skies to add that effect. And if worse comes to worse, the panning can be added with photoshop (not that I would) grin

Suby
  • Olaide
  • Fort Collins CO USA
  • 4 Jun 2007, 07:37
well done bro.
Suby & Sinem: Thanks Olaide :d

Suby
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 4 Jun 2007, 08:14
My deepest sympathy on your PC troubles. I too am shying away from the PC. I am now the proud owner of an iMac 20, although it's not all plain sailing yet. There's a culture adjustment to make and a ton of software to buy. Sure you can partition the Mac hard drive and run Windows on it to keep your current software, but that defeats the object. My aim is to buy new software for the Mac OS platform. Meanwhile, as I get used to it, I'm still using the PC in parallel. Good luck on that front.

Neil makes some very good points about the image. While it is very sharp it's not necessarily what's needed for the subject. I tried some shots at the Myrtle Beach NASCAR speedway track last week - my first attempt at this kind of thing - and they were awful, but I might just post the best of them for Neil's valuable criticial comments.
Suby & Sinem: Agree with Neil about the image but as I did not like any of the panning shoots (not that they where bad, I just don't like them) I shot most of the race my way, positioning in the stands was absolutly horrible, I had to shoot above this high fence and it drove me up the wall and coupled with people asking me to move out of their way as I was blocking them, lets just say next time I go for a racing shoot, I MUST get a press pass smile

Thanks Colin :d

Suby
You could have called me bro. I do a free service. Funny but true. Kpele
Suby & Sinem: Now he tells me grin

Suby
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 4 Jun 2007, 10:38
So you have gone over to shooting some other racy lines. Mmmm. Keep on experimenting away until you satisfy the experts smile It is always another possible source of income.

My absolute deepest sympathies with the PC thing. Your Lightroom & CS2 sounds like the time some desktop engineer dropped a second anti-virus onto my PC in spite of me asking him not to load anything without my sayso. The two anti-viruses fought each other to the point it brought the pc to a complete standstill. One night later without sleep (him), he got it fixed.

Had to do sort-outs myself at times - pity the time you lose in such a case.
Suby & Sinem: LOL, Loius, have to say, taking pictures of cars bored me almost to death BUT it is a good source of more income, and with me having to fork out more money for this MAC, I think I have to listen to the experts more and take more panning shots and not always do it the Subster way grin

Suby
Welcome to my world bro but I wont belabour the point over much. If you need any help with your new Mac when you do get it don't hesitate to drop me a line or give me a call, don't worry I won't charge you smile as I know it's been like forever since you last touched a real computer. I'm afraid Colin and Neil are absolutely right about the shot but you did manage to shoot them at a pretty good spot, front view is better but your new at this so I say nice one brother ! Question, by the end of your time watching the drift boys did you get to enjoy it ? The Brits aren't bad at drifting but the Japanese are unbeatable.
Suby & Sinem: LOL, I think the only thing I am going to struggle with are the softwares, I did enjoy the races, the cars are quite close and it is scary, one is just expecting a crash out any time but these guys are soo good at avoiding each other it's like watching a well cheorographed dance routine grin

Suby
  • paul
  • 4 Jun 2007, 13:39
good to see you trying your hand at different kinds of photography. I know what Neil and Colin mean but why shoot everything the way everybody else does? The vivid colours jump out at you and the smoke gives you the sense of movement
Suby & Sinem: I know where you are going, let me send you to the link of the official photographers for the day that where on the track taking pics with their huge lenses http://www.picman.co.uk/cgi-bin/v2.pl?pics&Sil&Sil&ven&&20070603JTSSIL&3_TRACK_SESSION_12.10&0_MISC&1 Lets just say not my type of shots at all :d So this is how the pros do it? Not impressed smile

Suby
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 4 Jun 2007, 17:54
I like the context here suby. i would be looking at disk or memory problems. hope you have your terrabyte backed up. good luck with the computer woes.
Suby & Sinem: Well the backup is now what is keeping me going as had to reformat the C drive over 200GB original gone so now the backup is the original smile Hopefully fingers crossed by the end of this week or next week I WILL be the owner of a MAC :d
Suby
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa, currently Wales
  • 4 Jun 2007, 20:07
Hi again Subster. Nice to see somebody having a little veiled dig at me in one of the comments (jealousy?!!) Followed the link and I agree 100%, those pro photographer guys were absolute rubbish, if I had been out ther racing, I would be highly peed off to see photos like that of myself (even if they are low res samples). Glad your client was happy anyway. Regards, Neil.
Suby & Sinem: LOL Neil, was quite surprised at the type of images that are sold by the photographers, but they seem to be doing something right cause people must be buying them LOL. With the massive lenses they had on them one expected to see some amazing images.

Suby
This is the sort of thing I’m thinking of doing. Racing cars, bikes, even horses. Nice shot Suby.
At 200mm and F/2.8.... No wonder you had to use 1/2000. Stunning shot.
Suby & Sinem: LOL, well you do whatever you have to to get the shot :d

Suby

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