Archive for the ‘Auto Racing’ Category

Friday Night Races

September 20, 2009

With the season winding down, I had another chance to head out to the Capital City Speedway to catch another night of racing. Conditions weren’t the most favorable as it is now getting dark early and the temperatures are getting chilly at night. When I wasn’t shooting, I was standing around with my hands in my pockets to keep them warm.

The lighting at the track isn’t the greatest for photo taking once the sun goes down. Even at 3200 ISO, I was only managing to get exposures of about 1/125 sec at f2.8 on a lit section of track. Despite this, I still caught some keepers. When all else fails, it’s a great opportunity to work on some panning.

With a couple of nights under my belt now, I’m looking forward to getting out earlier in the season next year to get some shooting in under daylight conditions.

A Night at the Races

September 3, 2009

Last night I had my first opportunity to head out to Capital City Speedway and catch some racing. One of my cousins took up stock car racing a couple of years ago in the mini stock class, so I thought I’d head out to support him and try my hand at shooting some auto racing.

Conditions were challenging from obstructions and low light as it got dark. On top of that, these cars were moving faster than anything I have ever photographed before! While the fencing is there to protect the spectators, as a photographer it quickly became my enemy, but I made the best of it. I was definitely jealous of the track photographer Rick Young, who had an unobstructed view from the middle of the track.