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40 minutes ago, Gaurav said:

@Nathan Evans @varunmehndiratta @Richard Franks @Gilbert Khalil @Veedooshee @Ilya @Chinthaka Ruwan @Rawad

So here is the final plan of action for tomorrow's big day at big red dunes.

First, we will focus on drivers' individual shots at steering or outside their car before we get sandblasted.

Then we will find the good slopes for capturing action shots by splitting the convoy into two groups.

I positioned smaller focal length lens at entry and exit, and longer ones at numbers 2 and 3.

We will try both different positionings based on each dune and how cars are able to deliver sand splashing.

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Group 1

  1. Nathan                 Fujifilm XT-4 with a 24-80mm
  2. Varun                    Nikon D5100 with a 50mm, a 50-200mm
  3. Gaurav                  Nikon D750 + 28-300mm (f3.5-5.6G) Nikon ED VR lens
  4. Richard Franks      Cannon EOS 4000D.  18-55
  5. @Gilbert Khalil   Please update

 

Group 2

  1. Veedooshee          Nikon D7200, Lens is 18-140mm
  2. Ilya                        Sony A7R and 28-200
  3. Richard Franks      Cannon EOS 4000D.  70-300
  4. Chinthaka             Sony A6600 camera with 18-135 Lens
  5. Rawad                   No cam

 

@Richard Franks I have positioned your daughter in both groups (with diff lenses) as I'm short of one cameraperson, hope she is fine with that. If not, ill replace her with Anish (if he is coming with Vee) or myself.

When the group 1 cameras are placed all around on slope, entry, and exit, then Group 2 cars will start taking turns to climb and deliver action shots (need not be the highest climber, simple sand splashing - will brief tomo on this). As soon as the first car exit the slope, the second car will enter by itself so that we can maximize the action on each slope. Each group car will have two attempts on each slope to splash enough sand.

I expect set-up and positioning will take more time than cars passing one by one, so raise your tolerance and be supportive to each group, remember we are trying this for the first time, so we will learn a lot from this experiment to improvise. I hope we can have some good action shot on 4-5 tall slopes before it gets too hot.

Please carry a cap/hat, sunglasses, and a lot of water and beverages, as it's gonna be a field trip tomorrow.

Charge your camera batteries, radio and do carry your tripod if you have (not mandatory).

To keep the convoy order simple, Im replicating the group order above which may not be very good for drives experience, so I might tweak it if we face any drive difficulty tomo.

Convoy Numbering

  1. Gaurav                  Silver Pajero
  2. Nathan                  Grey Jimny
  3. Varun                    Black Jeep Wrangler
  4. Richard Franks      Red Jeep Wrangler
  5. Gilbert                   Black FJ Cruiser
  6. Veedooshee          White Pajero
  7. Ilya                        White Wrangler
  8. Chinthaka              Silver Xterra
  9. Rawad                   Blue Patrol Y62

Hey @Gaurav@Anish S is coming.. 😊

 

 

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43 minutes ago, Gaurav said:

@Nathan Evans @varunmehndiratta @Richard Franks @Gilbert Khalil @Veedooshee @Ilya @Chinthaka Ruwan @Rawad

So here is the final plan of action for tomorrow's big day at big red dunes.

First, we will focus on drivers' individual shots at steering or outside their car before we get sandblasted.

Then we will find the good slopes for capturing action shots by splitting the convoy into two groups.

I positioned smaller focal length lens at entry and exit, and longer ones at numbers 2 and 3.

We will try both different positionings based on each dune and how cars are able to deliver sand splashing.

image.png

Group 1

  1. Nathan                 Fujifilm XT-4 with a 24-80mm
  2. Varun                    Nikon D5100 with a 50mm, a 50-200mm
  3. Gaurav                  Nikon D750 + 28-300mm (f3.5-5.6G) Nikon ED VR lens
  4. Richard Franks      Cannon EOS 4000D.  18-55
  5. @Gilbert Khalil   Please update

 

Group 2

  1. Veedooshee          Nikon D7200, Lens is 18-140mm
  2. Ilya                        Sony A7R and 28-200
  3. Richard Franks      Cannon EOS 4000D.  70-300
  4. Chinthaka             Sony A6600 camera with 18-135 Lens
  5. Rawad                   No cam

 

@Richard Franks I have positioned your daughter in both groups (with diff lenses) as I'm short of one cameraperson, hope she is fine with that. If not, ill replace her with Anish (if he is coming with Vee) or myself.

When the group 1 cameras are placed all around on slope, entry, and exit, then Group 2 cars will start taking turns to climb and deliver action shots (need not be the highest climber, simple sand splashing - will brief tomo on this). As soon as the first car exit the slope, the second car will enter by itself so that we can maximize the action on each slope. Each group car will have two attempts on each slope to splash enough sand.

I expect set-up and positioning will take more time than cars passing one by one, so raise your tolerance and be supportive to each group, remember we are trying this for the first time, so we will learn a lot from this experiment to improvise. I hope we can have some good action shot on 4-5 tall slopes before it gets too hot.

Please carry a cap/hat, sunglasses, and a lot of water and beverages, as it's gonna be a field trip tomorrow.

Charge your camera batteries, radio and do carry your tripod if you have (not mandatory).

To keep the convoy order simple, Im replicating the group order above which may not be very good for drives experience, so I might tweak it if we face any drive difficulty tomo.

Convoy Numbering

  1. Gaurav                  Silver Pajero
  2. Nathan                  Grey Jimny
  3. Varun                    Black Jeep Wrangler
  4. Richard Franks      Red Jeep Wrangler
  5. Gilbert                   Black FJ Cruiser
  6. Veedooshee          White Pajero
  7. Ilya                        White Wrangler
  8. Chinthaka              Silver Xterra
  9. Rawad                   Blue Patrol Y62

Of Course no problem. May need a little more clarification but we will be ready for anything and will bring a Tripod

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6 minutes ago, Veedooshee said:

Hey @Gaurav@Anish S is coming.. 😊

 

Thanks Vee, I have positioned Anish in Group 1 now.

5 minutes ago, Richard Franks said:

Of Course no problem. May need a little more clarification but we will be ready for anything and will bring a Tripod

Thanks Richard, as we have Anish now, so your daughter can stick to Group 2 only.

We will have detailed photography brief on camera settings and drivers to make a big splash in the morning.

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3 minutes ago, Gilbert Khalil said:

Hi @Gaurav sorry had a busy week. I will try to find my cam today as it was stored somewhere unknow by the Mrs. 😅

Don't worry, I have a diff plan for you now.

Will all stand next to your FJC and take our pics except yours.

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Please find updated positions - balanced group now.

Will use @Anish S and @Rawad for testing attempts.

Guys please DON'T DEFLATE before briefing tomorrow morning.

@Nathan Evans @varunmehndiratta @Richard Franks @Gilbert Khalil @Veedooshee @Ilya @Chinthaka Ruwan @Rawad

Group 1

  1. Nathan                 Fujifilm XT-4 with a 24-80mm
  2. Varun                    Nikon D5100 with a 50mm, a 50-200mm
  3. Gaurav                  Nikon D750 + 28-300mm (f3.5-5.6G) Nikon ED VR lens
  4. Gilbert                   EOS 600D with18 to 55mm

Group 2

  1. Veedooshee          Nikon D7200, Lens is 18-140mm
  2. Ilya                        Sony A7R and 28-200
  3. Richard Franks      Cannon EOS 4000D.  70-300
  4. Chinthaka             Sony A6600 camera with 18-135 Lens

 

Convoy Numbering

  1. Gaurav                  Silver Pajero
  2. Nathan                  Grey Jimny
  3. Varun                    Black Jeep Wrangler
  4. Gilbert                   Black FJ Cruiser
  5. Veedooshee          White Pajero
  6. Ilya                        White Wrangler
  7. Richard Franks      Red Jeep Wrangler
  8. Chinthaka              Silver Xterra
  9. Rawad                   Blue Patrol Y62
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I know its late, but brilliant video to sum up all basic points for manual shooting in 10 minutes.

Watch it with your camera in hand set to Manual mode and keep experimenting.

See you tomorrow morning.

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