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Apr 16, 2012 18:13 |  #16

Haha I'm glad someone got a good shot of our car (Green Hornet #34 GTC) with all the damage. It made our first win that much more interesting.


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Apr 16, 2012 23:22 |  #17

Is that Faulkner or Le Saffre driving? Spencer Pumpelly, a good friend of my brother, is in the TRG following. Let me know if the team or driver wants a copy of the photo this was around 1 hour into the race as I recall.

Hey I also have a question, I noticed just about every car had a GoPro video camera, is that a requirement by ALMS or just for the drivers use?


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Apr 16, 2012 23:28 |  #18

That's Damien in the car. He jumped in the car right before the caution came out.

As for GoPro's, they're just there to help the drivers review their performances and document the sessions. They're all personal use.


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Apr 17, 2012 22:36 |  #19

The blacks look washed out/too bright. The tighter head-on shots are the best of this set. The Corvette side shot shows no motion at all, not to mention the distracting safety truck in the top of the frame. A lower shutter speed would help add motion and blur the truck. 1/500 through a chain link fence isn't going to cancel out the fence. Next time go lower, a lot lower, and the fence will not be nearly as noticible. This was shot at 1/20 through a chain link fence at Mid Ohio:

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You can still see the fence but it isn't nearly as intrusive. Just something to think about for next time.

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Apr 18, 2012 10:19 |  #20

Thanks for the pointers! But to give some background it was my first time shooting a race with a DSLR and 100-400 so I'm on a learning curve. All are JPEG and I used center point metering so the darker cars probably caused the exposure to change and the lighting was tough as it was late in the day with long shadows the cars were driving through. Add to it I was shooting these from my seat in a grandstand over people's heads w/o any monopod, the cars were 200-300' away so heavy crop as well. The Corvette was in a very tight hair-pin turn no panning ability from my POV and the cars are going quite slow there. In my opinion I think I did pretty good.

As to the fence, I think the distance between the photographer and the fence and the fence and the car is a big factor. I would think if the fence is closer to the photographer and further from the car the easier it is to blur it out due to depth of field. I took a couple only a few feet from a fence and you can't see it at all, whereas from the grandstand it's harder to eliminate since it's so far away. I like your shot though!


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Apr 18, 2012 11:01 |  #21

did you have a tri-pod? I am thinking you and I may have ran into each other a few times.


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Apr 18, 2012 11:23 |  #22

No, just a Canon back pack and my 100-400. I was in 18 for the second half of the ALMS race the rest of the time I was in 29.


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Apr 18, 2012 11:27 |  #23

oh right on. We were in 18 all weekend. Section 1 row 2. I was mostly at the fence though.


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Apr 18, 2012 11:58 |  #24

I just had GA tickets, I went into the grandstand after the race stewards quit checking tickets. My family had 3 day seats in the top row of 18 for many years but gave them up to some friends when Champ Car and Indy Car split up. That grandstand is 1/2 the size it used to be and you remember they had 21 across from it which is gone. Amazing how few fans go to the race compared to the "hay days".


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Apr 18, 2012 12:05 |  #25

Bicknell55 wrote in post #14284360 (external link)
The blacks look washed out/too bright. The tighter head-on shots are the best of this set. The Corvette side shot shows no motion at all, not to mention the distracting safety truck in the top of the frame. A lower shutter speed would help add motion and blur the truck. 1/500 through a chain link fence isn't going to cancel out the fence. Next time go lower, a lot lower, and the fence will not be nearly as noticible. This was shot at 1/20 through a chain link fence at Mid Ohio:

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You can still see the fence but it isn't nearly as intrusive. Just something to think about for next time.

Nice shot !!!


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Apr 18, 2012 16:04 |  #26

Wow thats a sweet shot.


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Apr 18, 2012 20:10 |  #27

T2i4me wrote in post #14286468 (external link)
As to the fence, I think the distance between the photographer and the fence and the fence and the car is a big factor. I would think if the fence is closer to the photographer and further from the car the easier it is to blur it out due to depth of field.

This is correct. If you are close to the fence, with a long lens, the fence disappears. This was shot through a regular chain link fence at the Baltimore Grand Prix last year at 439 mm. The lens hood was basically on the fence.

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The big catch fences are a bigger problem with their horizontal support wires that show up in pans. This shot was taken at 1/30.

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