Just wanted to share my experience at the track the other day.
So ive been going over to the track for the past TWO years taking pictures (around the starting line, to 60' mark, or sometimes burnouts, which are OK places to be).
So this Saturday I was there, I go over with my dad every Saturday, know all the racers, and take pictures to learn, and possibly sell. Mainly to learn and have fun while im there instead of sitting around all day waiting for my dad to race.. Thats how I got into photography and bought my XT.
I'm up there taking pictures like normal, the only photographer up there, and once of the starters (throws switch for tree to come down) just switched spots with the other guy I know whos usually up there. I know the other guy sort of because hes been there a long time, but never really talked to him.
So he sees me and is like "HEY, GET OVER HERE!"
I walk over and hes like "You Dont have permission to be up here anymore because of what your doing in the pits!"
I was pretty surprised at that and didnt think to ask WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?!? The only thing I could think of is giving out a few pictures to my friends and people who do stuff in return for us.
I thought I "POed" the track manager or someone, so I go find him and ask him "Why Cant I take Pictures anymore?" and he had no clue what I was talking about.
I told him my story, and he was pretty busy but is a nice guy so he said he'd go talk to Ace (the starter) when he had time.
The only other reason I could think of why he would say anything is because the "Track Photographer" who is employed there (doesnt get paid) showed up for the 1st time in 5 months. I was pretty mad that I had only gotten 90 pictures in and was bored the rest of the day. I didnt even get to try out my new 4GB Transcend card or battery.
Well, thats my story, the guys just a big @sshole. Went and talked to the announcer for awhile (I know just about everyone there) and he said that the dude never shows up for work and is a big prick and that I should be able to be up there since that guys just the starter and doesnt have any say in anything.