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2004 F1 Powerboat Malaysia

As I was checking the internet and news recently, I came across an event that was happening in Putrajaya here in Malaysia. It seems that the F1 Powerboat race is in Malaysia this weekend. I quickly packed up my bags with my camera and ran over to Putrajaya from KL and reached in the middle of the race at about 2:40pm. _DSC1375.jpg Amazingly, after trying to find a place to park my car, I reached the banks of the man-made lake surrounding Putrajaya and found myself about 20-30m away from the boats itself, which is quite good considering I have with me up to 200mm lens maximum. Just perfect.

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The first few shots were quite difficult. My first few shots were just either the back of the boats or the nose only. After about 5 test shots I began to shoot proper pictures. Setting the aperture at f2.8 fixed, I managed to freeze the frames at around 3000-4000th of a second shutter. Tried not to use a high aperture number since I have dust on my D70 sensors.

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At the end, on a hot and humid Sunday, it was quite clear that a certain yellow boat (driven by Fabio Comparato) had won the race. Was planning to see some spectacular flips during the time I was there but it seems that I missed it. During the race (maybe towards the start of the race) there was a collision and boats flying and flipping. Too bad I didn't get to see it. Anyways I was staying at one end of the route, maybe it was during the time when I was there but missed it.

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Was a good afternoon out. The noise was not that loud, and it sounded like one of those modified Protons on the street of KL. At the end of the day, I shot about 160 pictures. Some blur since my camera was set on continuous focus and the boats are moving quite fast.

Will be there again next year.