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Any hints for photographing Indy Cars at Watkins Glen

 
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Aug 28, 2017 00:21 |  #1

Will be going to Watkins Glen this weekend. First time for me, Wondering if there are any good spots for a person confined to the spectator area.

Any hints would be much appreciated.


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Aug 28, 2017 08:49 |  #2

No suggestions for "good spots" as I haven't been there for many years. If you haven't done so take the time to develop some panning skills. Go to a convenience store (or similar) on a corner and take pictures of cars going by while panning. There is a knack to doing it well. The desire is to get the car relatively "sharp" but have the background blurred to give the sense of motion.




  
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Aug 28, 2017 09:36 |  #3

John from PA wrote in post #18439027 (external link)
No suggestions for "good spots" as I haven't been there for many years. If you haven't done so take the time to develop some panning skills. Go to a convenience store (or similar) on a corner and take pictures of cars going by while panning. There is a knack to doing it well. The desire is to get the car relatively "sharp" but have the background blurred to give the sense of motion.

The nice thing about a race is that the cars will be going at about the same speed as they pass you, making choosing a shutter speed fairly easy. It helps to get used to keeping one focus point of the same part of the subject.
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Aug 29, 2017 17:09 |  #4

frsherman wrote in post #18438776 (external link)
Will be going to Watkins Glen this weekend. First time for me, Wondering if there are any good spots for a person confined to the spectator area.

Any hints would be much appreciated.


Thanks

One area to consider would be along the fence between 6 and 7 - heading into "the boot". It's a long walk but worthwhile as you are on raised ground looking down over the fences. Many parts of the Glen have had higher fencing installed since a few years ago. Here's a low-res view of what is possible.


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Aug 30, 2017 05:46 as a reply to  @ aphphoto's post |  #5

Thanks much for the suggestion. Will for sure give it a try.




  
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Aug 30, 2017 08:38 |  #6

frsherman wrote in post #18440591 (external link)
Thanks much for the suggestion. Will for sure give it a try.

I've also had great side-pans in the toe of the boot. Be prepared to walk a lot - you can't get anything good through the fences although keep in mind if you can get close to the fence and shoot through it the camera will ignore the fence - you may get some artifacts but a lot of people will be unable to tell that there was a fence in the way.


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