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15 years later My Rolex 24 trip

 
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Feb 25, 2017 09:17 |  #1

For years and years since I've become good at taking motorsports photo's I've been wanting to get back to a long IMSA Endurance race for one reason and its to get nighttime shots. twilight and dawn shots with pretty sky's, for a fews I've almost talked myself into going to Petit LeMans in Atlanta or back to the 12 hours of Sebring(I attended in 2002) or back to this Rolex 24 race.

I made the decision to go to this race based on my NASCAR racing Hero Jeff Gordon signing up to race in the Wayne Taylor Cadillac , knowing how easy access the garages are at IMSA races I thought just maybe I'd finally get the chance to meet Mr. JG. it FINALLY happened.

Another thing I was hoping to happen was to meet James Hinchcliffe and that also happened as well. I turned into a big fan of his after seeing how kickazz awesome he is as a human on Dancing with the stars, and his comeback story from near death after a crash at INDY is a inspiring story as well. look it up if you want to see the story. Yep all around great guy!

At the Race track my inphone app tells me I walked 38 miles the 4 days I was at the track. 38 miles!! its a 2.5 mile oval folks, do the math. I did some laps there haha. My legs and feet were feeling it at the end of each night for sure, But I recovered well each morning, alot has to do with comfortable shoes and socks. never once had a blister or lasting pain the next day.

Rain, lets talk about rain haha it rained over 10 hours of the 24 hour race. two long rain cautions during the night due to way to much rain on the track. the cars keep on circling but there were two long cautions for the rain. all that rain brought the race average at the end to a record low amount of laps completed by the winning Car (Wayne Taylor racing!)

As a landscape photographer and I said before I was hoping to get great twilight shots or sunrise shots but the sky's and clouds really never produced it. I did however get some Nice wet Racing car shots which always produces drama in pictures. That keep me motivated to get out there in the cold of the night and get wet and get the shots at night. I took a couple naps in my car (lot 5 outside turn 4 tunnel) during the night 10-1 and like a hour and half around 4am, rest of time I was up shooting or taking it all in, IMO There's something so peaceful sitting in the grandstands during the wee hours of the night and taking all the sights and sounds in. (freezing a bit) but worth it, I had my winter gear from my preparation for lock and Dam 14 the previous weekend. I was prepared for all the conditions.

Now after photographing this event( I was there in 2001 but without fancy camera gear or knowledge) I'm hooked I soooo hope to get back next year. hopefully where ever I am next year I look to get back to the Rolex 24 of 2018. Hopefully with media credentials so I can get more creative with my photographs!

If nyone reading this and have connections with the IMSA circuit or your Race Team and are inspired by any of my photo's here or in my portfolio? I would LOVE to finally get my first Media credentials! you'll see alot of low shutterspeed(SS) pans here but I know race teams sometime want front to rear of there car in sharpness to show off there sponsors and such, I can do that with increasing SS. its just more of a challenge to drag a slow shutterspeed and get that sensation of speed, thats why I concentrated on that for this race.

ok enough Job pleaing, this is the photo section of Motorsports on POTN
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/RES4​8q] (external link)BL7T8161 (external link) by Steve Loop (external link), on Flickr
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/RHw4​kR] (external link)BL7T6819 (external link) by Steve Loop (external link), on Flickr
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/QBWg​Rw] (external link)SBL_1537-Pano (external link) by Steve Loop (external link), on Flickr
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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/QT1i​Zm] (external link)BL7T5655 (external link) by Steve Loop (external link), on Flickr

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Feb 25, 2017 09:17 |  #2

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[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/S6WV​ed] (external link)BL7T6235 (external link) by Steve Loop (external link), on Flickr
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Feb 25, 2017 09:22 |  #3

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ok Thats about enough :) there are more on my flickr page if you want
Cheers All

Steve

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Feb 25, 2017 13:48 |  #4

You got some very nice shots. Congrats.


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Feb 26, 2017 08:32 |  #5

A1original wrote in post #18284844 (external link)
You got some very nice shots. Congrats.

Thanks a bunch Bud, I was checking out your NHRA pics on your Flickr, Sweet stuff my friend. One of my fav sports to photograph(from the stands) got a few on my flickr as well :)

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Feb 26, 2017 11:53 |  #6

CaptainSteve wrote in post #18285448 (external link)
Thanks a bunch Bud, I was checking out your NHRA pics on your Flickr, Sweet stuff my friend. One of my fav sports to photograph(from the stands) got a few on my flickr as well :)

cheers

Thanks. I'll be headed back to Gainesville on the 12th of March for the Prelude to the Gatornationals and then again on the 19th for the Gatornationals. I got some nice tickets in the Top Eliminator Club section and a pass for the staging lanes.
Looking forward to getting some nice shots. ;-)a


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Feb 28, 2017 19:32 |  #7

These are amazing shots. Thanks for sharing. No doubt you will be hired.


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Mar 01, 2017 04:21 |  #8

Great shots:) I really enjoyed them




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Mar 02, 2017 17:49 as a reply to A1original's post |  #9

Sweet on the gator nationals! and the stagging lane pass, heck yeah!


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Firehouse wrote in post #18288303 (external link)
These are amazing shots. Thanks for sharing. No doubt you will be hired.

Thanks a bunch Firehouse!


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Photomeister12 wrote in post #18288575 (external link)
Great shots:) I really enjoyed them

Thanks alot PM12


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Mar 26, 2017 20:21 |  #12

Great shots!




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Mar 27, 2017 07:55 |  #13

Absolutely wonderful photos!

I went for the first time this year with my son and had a blast. I borrowed a 200-400 1.4 from Canon as I thought that would be the "ticket" for shooting at the race and boy was that ever a big mistake (for me). That lens is way too heavy to handhold for long and I was very disappointed in most of my images. During the event I kept feeling that I really should have brought my 100-400 for the trip and after seeing the exif info on your wonderful photos I now KNOW I made a serious mistake in leaving that lens at home. Guess my only choice is to try and go back next year and remedy the situation.

Once again, well done in some difficult lighting situations !!


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Mar 27, 2017 15:42 |  #14

Hey there! Very nice shots indeed.

If I could make some suggestions, it would be to really bump up your shutter speed on a lot of these, as there is little if any of the car that's sharp. The composition of the images is very good, but you're missing the mark with them for most of the shots I'm seeing. We are typically using 1/100-1/200 shutter speeds and I find myself resting in the 1/160 sweet spot a lot, as well as using 1/80 for some dramatic pans. (Granted, there are a LOT of photographers using 1/1000 and higher...but those shots are boring and way too easy, in my opinion.) You're right about the sponsor logos being sharp, but that's not really an issue. Before races I'm told which logos to accentuate or which ones to look for. Such as suspension company on a fender or a tire manufacturer. You'll leave every race with tight shots of full cars, and some artsy shots as well...we have to have SOME fun out there. LOL

As for getting on with a team or with even media credentials, that's a monumental challenge these days. I've been shooting regularly for over 10 years and I'm JUST NOW finding my footing with IMSA. I have a hard card for the year and working with several teams and magazines for coverage. Oddly enough, it's damn near impossible to even get credentials if you've never had them before or had any sort of racing photography published. They're very strict on them now - which I'm fine with...as I've shot some events where there are FAR TOO MANY media passes given out.

Your shots are really very nice. My suggestion is to continue coming out as a spectator and getting your shots. I don't even know where to begin with getting you involved with the races as a photographer these days. It's become a deliberate challenge and very few new people are brought in. I was lucky in that I shot a wedding with a major series sponsor in attendance who hired me. LOL (That's seriously how I became involved officially!)

Keep up the great work! Tighten up a little and SERIOUSLY invest in an ND filter so you can stop using apertures larger than f/10...f/22!?!

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