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2013 US Grand Prix @ CoTA

 
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Nov 19, 2013 22:51 |  #1

Weekend gallery in case anyone is interested: http://www.brentsmithp​hotography.com/2013/Co​TA2013 (external link)

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IMAGE: http://www.brentsmithphotography.com/2013/CoTA2013/CoTA17NOV13/i-f2TdLj5/1/O/COTA_17NOV13-0110.jpg

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Nov 19, 2013 23:46 |  #2

Amazing shots. How did you get permission for some of the shots? Or was it free access?


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Nov 20, 2013 06:01 |  #3

Everything was shot from spectator areas with a general admission ticket. 1-6 were all with my 400 f/5.6 and I added the 1.4x converter for #2. With the crop factor on the 7D I ended up with the equivalent of a 896mm f/8 manual focus lens on a FF body. Certainly not how I'd typically shoot but the results really weren't that bad if you can get the focus correct (I have trouble at times since I wear glasses).


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Nov 20, 2013 07:02 |  #4

Bicknell55 wrote in post #16465966 (external link)
Everything was shot from spectator areas with a general admission ticket. 1-6 were all with my 400 f/5.6 and I added the 1.4x converter for #2. With the crop factor on the 7D I ended up with the equivalent of a 896mm f/8 manual focus lens on a FF body. Certainly not how I'd typically shoot but the results really weren't that bad if you can get the focus correct (I have trouble at times since I wear glasses).

Nice set with great color and clarity. :)

How do you find the manual focusing on the 7D? I have been thinking of getting the 1.4 converter for mine. I have a 100~400 and sometimes it is a little short for birding.


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Nov 20, 2013 14:00 |  #5

Really digging #4 with those vortices coming of the rear wing.




  
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Nov 20, 2013 14:16 |  #6

Nice shots!
I watched the race on TV and I did not see as many "photo vests" around the track as I see in other races. Do they keep a real tight limit on media accessibility?


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Nov 20, 2013 15:01 |  #7

magoosmc wrote in post #16467096 (external link)
Nice shots!
I watched the race on TV and I did not see as many "photo vests" around the track as I see in other races. Do they keep a real tight limit on media accessibility?

From what I've read F1 is a lot more selective, as they should be, given the amount of outlets that cover the sport. I recall an article, I don't remember where, that stated to get a full season credential you had to provide proof of previous coverage. Problem is, how do you get a credential in the first place so you can build a portfolio of coverage? I guess single event credentials are available but they are hard to come by and pretty much spoken for by the major media outlets.


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Nov 20, 2013 15:49 |  #8

Great shots! I have a new 7D and rented a 100-400L. If those are the kind of shots I can get with an extender then I'm going to have to add that to my next rental.

Haven't done any PP yet, but I like this sequence from the driver parade:

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Nov 21, 2013 17:01 |  #9

#5 is my favorite of this set. Thanks for sharing these!




  
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Nov 21, 2013 18:13 |  #10

Great work on these.

General admission does offer some good spots if you are willing to walk the track.

This year it was too hot for me at 5$ a bottle for water. Maybe next year =)


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Nov 22, 2013 22:11 |  #11

JTX wrote in post #16470416 (external link)
This year it was too hot for me at 5$ a bottle for water. Maybe next year =)

Here for the Melbourne Grand Prix my dad always has his car on display so we sneak in backpacks of food and drinks in the boot :D We can just walk in right past the queue of hundreds with our passes and when we get to the car we get the backpacks out. Pretty good since they're free ;) I can even get my 150-500 in, but fences block essentially every single part of the track unless you're up high in the grand stand(s) and I'm not paying that kind of money. I might be able to get some decent panning shots using a really low shutter speed, so I will try that next time.

Circuit of The Americas looks fantastic for taking photos! It will be a long time before I can hope of getting those kind of shots with manual focus! And raising the money for a trip overseas :p


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Nov 22, 2013 23:22 |  #12

Actually only 2 of the 8 photos I posted didn't involve shooting through at least 1 fence.

You are allowed to bring bottled water into the track but that is the only food/drink item they allow. I don't believe there is a limit to the amount you bring either (I brought 2 bottles each day).


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Nov 22, 2013 23:32 |  #13

Bicknell55 wrote in post #16473529 (external link)
Actually only 2 of the 8 photos I posted didn't involve shooting through at least 1 fence.

That's amazing then. In Melbourne the cars only travel a few metres from the fence on the corners where I can get a decent view, so the point of focus isn't too far from the fence itself, hence the majority of my photos had a lot of fence in it haha. You basically have to stand 2 metres behind the fence and then there's maybe 4 or 5 metres out from there where the cars will travel.


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Nov 23, 2013 19:28 |  #14

stang67 wrote in post #16473417 (external link)
Here for the Melbourne Grand Prix my dad always has his car on display so we sneak in backpacks of food and drinks in the boot :D We can just walk in right past the queue of hundreds with our passes and when we get to the car we get the backpacks out. Pretty good since they're free ;) I can even get my 150-500 in, but fences block essentially every single part of the track unless you're up high in the grand stand(s) and I'm not paying that kind of money. I might be able to get some decent panning shots using a really low shutter speed, so I will try that next time.

Circuit of The Americas looks fantastic for taking photos! It will be a long time before I can hope of getting those kind of shots with manual focus! And raising the money for a trip overseas :p

Yeah COTA is pretty good as long as you have a 400+. You can do very well here. The manual focus issue is not a problem. Put the 7D we have in burst highspeed mode and at 7FPS or so, ONE of those will be in focus =)

For now you can see the track through our glass. I have a bunch from MotoGP last year as well in my gallery if you want to see those.


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Nov 23, 2013 19:32 |  #15

Bicknell55 wrote in post #16473529 (external link)
Actually only 2 of the 8 photos I posted didn't involve shooting through at least 1 fence.

You are allowed to bring bottled water into the track but that is the only food/drink item they allow. I don't believe there is a limit to the amount you bring either (I brought 2 bottles each day).

I had great luck shooting through the fence depending on my shutter speed, or If I didn't have to pan, I just put the lens through the center of the chain link fence and the center was unobstructed.

Theres lots of options. Like this panning shot : http://www.gallerytx.c​om …/main.php?g2_it​emId=22763 (external link) : here is through an opening near turn 6 I think from my memory. This would be where one of their emergency vehicles can get on the the track.


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