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Shot my first motorsports event, how did I do? (Formula D NJ)

 
pookgai
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Jun 26, 2013 17:27 |  #1

I am an amateur who just rented out a 70-200mm 2.8 and what better way to test it out than by going to a motorsports event. I didnt have a fancy neon media vest so I was banished to the stands, and unfortunately theres this gigantic fence that separates the stands to the track that makes photography tricky. But I tried my best and even snuck into one of the media "hot area" to take a few shots before being promptly kicked out.

So please critique my photos and let me know in what ways I can improve. Formula D was my first time shooting a Motorsports event but it definitely wont be my last!

Link to the album
http://www.flickr.com …8/sets/72157634​347869836/ (external link)

Some of my favorites:

IMAGE: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3706/9146729190_a57e4a911c_c.jpg
IMAGE: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3766/9144593143_ecc420be66_c.jpg
IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7301/9144631767_4d13fbf2a0_c.jpg
IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7292/9146844064_0a9ced8c7b_c.jpg
IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/9146783894_8774cd2511_c.jpg
IMAGE: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7352/9146776042_3f4602619f_c.jpg



  
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Jun 26, 2013 18:38 |  #2

All things considered I'd say you got some rather nice captures. I can appreciate not being able to get to the "good spots". I really like your paddock/crowd coverage, as that is something that greatly lacks from just about all other motorsport photographers (myself included). It's easily overlooked, but makes an album so much more personal.

Apply for credentials for your next motorsport gig, and don't go sneakin' around as that could build an undesirable reputation.

Nice work!

p.s. - you might want to embed a few of your favorites here, as I know there's several that don't like to open an album to view the photos. I almost didn't open it myself.




  
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Jun 26, 2013 19:21 |  #3

Great job, and don't worry bout the bright yellow vest. Your set is going to be different (in a good way) than everyone else's shots that will flood social media since media at Formula D is limited to a couple of locations.

Keep it up.


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Jun 26, 2013 19:22 |  #4

I think you did a pretty good job. I did have a fancy neon vest, and I think your pit coverage is far better than mine!

Try to attend a local grassroots event. They are usually fairly lenient on media credentials as long as you make the request in writing and provide value to the event. This will give you the opportunity to get the shots sans-fencing and possibly gain a portfolio that will open a door to a media outlet for future professional events.


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Jun 26, 2013 20:31 |  #5

thanks for the advice guys! and I have updated my original post to include some choice pictures.




  
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Jun 26, 2013 20:43 |  #6

pookgai wrote in post #16067774 (external link)
... But I tried my best and even snuck into one of the media "hot area" to take a few shots before being promptly kicked out.

Nice work! Back in my point-and-shoot days, I also tried that at a major super-speedway for the Nascar circuit. The pass that I was issued had a golden 23, but the media guys' passes only had the number 2. So, with some creativity, I magically became a number 2. It worked and I got into the pits, on pit road during the command to fire the engines, a free run of the garage area, etc... It was all good until a young lady took offense to my poking a camera a bit too close to a Mr. Tony Stewart and I was promptly asked to leave. All in all, it was worth it :)


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Jun 27, 2013 03:06 |  #7

Even with a media pass, that spot on the grandstands is amazing. The light that shines through is unique to any other track I been to. Great job on the photographs!

Also did you edit on a Mac or Windows computer?




  
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Jun 27, 2013 07:26 |  #8

I Heard Some Ruckus wrote in post #16068900 (external link)
Even with a media pass, that spot on the grandstands is amazing. The light that shines through is unique to any other track I been to. Great job on the photographs!

Also did you edit on a Mac or Windows computer?

thank you! I edited these photos in Lightroom on a mac.




  
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