It’s done, finished

Rally Estonia 2015 has come to an end.

An epic weekend, full of traveling, dust, gravel and great weather. As I said in the last year: “That was awesome – a great rally!”

You can see the whole collection here:
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834)

And those are my favorites:

Before the start
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Improvise for a good spot
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Detailed madness
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http://aclickatatime.wordpress.com @ work
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Rally selfie
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Helicopter.jpg
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Check out these links for more images:
https://aclickatatime.wordpress.com/ (a click at a time’s photoblog)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrespildistab/sets/72157653822973834 (my flicker album)
https://www.flickr.com/photos/31947974@N00/sets/72157656027611456 (a click at a time’s flicker album)

Take care!
Hope you all had a nice weekend!

Preparations

Remember, I talked about the upcoming rally in my last post?
Here is what’s going on at the moment:

Her ride
Her ride
Historic grid
Historic grid
Kinder Surprise
Kinder Surprise
ERC gate
ERC gate

An afternon of outdoor adventures

First off – there’s a rally coming up (http://rallyestonia.com/) – so as always we drove through all of the stages, looking for perfect spots for taking pictures. Unfortunately due to the recent sad events in the Estonian Rally World most of the “good” spots are marked as “prohibited area”, as the organizers can’t guarantee the safety of the spectators outside of the marked areas. Of course there are other reasons as well (crops, private land etc.).
I wish I could sit on that spot all the weekend, but it’s located in the deepest, darkest zone of the “prohibited area”. I hope that all the co-drivers will mark these turns as “slow” or “dangerous”.

With this picture I wish you all a nice weekend, enjoy spectating the rally, driving and get back home safe!

THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia
THE Loch Ness of South-Estonia

After some dusty gravel roads we parked our car and went orienteering. As a fluffy person I decided to pick a shorter track (4km) – I managed to run/walk 4.88km in 1h 1min 40sec. After finishing I realized that my sporty wife took a longer track and wouldn’t be back soon – so I took the camera out yet again. These were the results:

One man's shed is another's castle
One man’s shed is another one’s castle
Infrared field plant (no idea what's it called)
Infrared field plant (no idea what’s it called)
The world of water droplets
The world of water droplets
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called:
Infrared of an abandoned house. I instantly remembered a song called: “Kerli – Creepshow”

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FiE00ftfSY)

Anyways as I have a lot of followers and I can’t check all of your blogs and homepages – why don’t you leave me a comment on how are you and what are your plans for the weekend?
Take care!

A Teaser – Rally Estonia 2014

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This years Rally Estonia took place on the 18th and 19th of June and for the first time it was a part of the European Rally Championship’s rally calendar, which meant even more big names, fast cars and people lining the roads in anticipation of a great race, which it truly was. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reach all of the stages I wanted to see, but it was still a very enjoyable event (and the weather was great as well, although cleaning the camera might still take some time).

So here’s a quick glimpse of what you can expect once I find some time to sort out all of the pictures I took and put together an album – stay tuned!

Finally – pictures!

So here are some long-awaited photos:

1) Motocross @ Sõmerpalu

As some of you might know – I have decided to develop or extend my photography skills. First test: Moving motorcycles.

It is really hard to get a sharp picture using AF so I tried to find a good spot, manually focus a spot where the driver with his bike should be and when it was time – take the shot. Here are the results:

duplicators
duplicators

As there were many distractions, I managed to take some other photographs as well.

paraplane
paraplane
Balloon
Balloon

Lesson learned: Choose the background wisely. (Blending colors).

Jump
Jump

Oops: AF decided that the driver and his bike are not important. (Shot with AI SERVO).

Oops
Oops – check your focal points!

Benefits of the 300mm lens.

Starters
Starters

If your camera’s burst rate isn’t so good, you have to put your reflexes to the test.

Microseconds after the start
Microseconds after the start
Animals
Animals
Style
Style

Check every edge of your viewfinder!

Mind the heads
Mind the heads

2) Rally Estonia 2014

Test number two – moving cars, flying rocks and dust. By the way – A historic Porsche that passed me during the 2nd stage threw a rock at me … and broke my glasses. Fortunately they are still usable. Maybe I’ll add a picture of my glasses too.

Ville
Ville
Copter 1
Copter 1
Copter 2 (Eurosport?)
Copter 2 (Eurosport?)

Something else

Boat on river "Emajõgi"
Boat on river “Emajõgi”

Trolley

Something I saw during lunch break
Something I saw during lunch break
Coat in the wind
Coat in the wind
Bored, tired, bossy.
Bored, tired, bossy.
Got grip? 1
Got grip? 1
Got Grip? 2
Got Grip? 2
Boss of the bosses.
Boss of the bosses.
Hot hot hot
Hot hot hot
Movements
Movements
They don't give a shit
They don’t give a shit

 

That’s it. Stay tuned!

Om Nom Nom Nom

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Something a bit more summery. The full set can be found here.

163 days (and counting) till the next Rally. Can’t wait!

The car didn’t survive the stage in case you’re wondering, we found it a couple of km’s from the spot where this was taken after the stage had finished. To crash out on the first kilometres of the first stage on the first day, that must hurt, a lot. And they weren’t the only ones, the same turn claimed at least 2 more cars.