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Taking photos at high speed

     After doing Cars & Coffee in West Palm Beach I had a nice little fix for car photography, but that fix garnered an Itch and who am I to not itch that one.  This itch tapped into the temporal lobe of my psyche and brought me back to when I was younger around the ripe age of maybe 12 or so.  I'm not sure why I called it the Ripe age, like a fruit or something...ANYWAYS I was young and cars were fast and it was awesome.  The Location, Sebring Florida.  The Event, 12 hour Le Mans Race.  Me, THERE!

     Oh yeah, the 12 Hour Le Mans Race was in town again and I was making it a point to go this year to try and take photos.  But...What should you aim to do when taking photos at this event, is there a good methodology to do?  The answer I feel is yes!  I just did a quick google search for other Race Photographers an garnered up some insight as you always should, HERE.  The Photographer is world renowned Jamey Price, I may be giving him more credit than deserved but regardless he helped me out and that Link has some great philosophies for race photography.

     Some of the key points he makes in there I feel is to have depth to the photo, now this rule applies to a majority of shoots, but when you're shooting at 1/800, or 1/1000 the depth is very important, otherwise the cars will look as if they're just parked on the track.

     Follow the Cars into the shot you envision, so say I setup on the entry to a Hairpin turn, I'm following that car about 600 feet from that Hairpin turn to the spot I wanted the photo.  Think of it like a Cameraman on a set of a film and they have a panning shot, when the director screams cut, THAT! That moment right there is when you shoot.  that might not make any sense, but it kind of encompasses what I'm trying to portray.  You are the Director and the Camera man here.  You need to direct and envision what you want to shoot, as well as being the cameraman following the scene in.  Speaking of Hairpin turns, I have two photos from the day at one below.

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     That photo shows minimal Depth with the cars coming out of the turn,  I would have wanted a little more, but I enjoyed the shot.  For a true test of Depth, I setup on the entry point to a straightaway as this would give me an ideal depiction of depth in the race field.

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     As with many of my shoots, If I see an opportunity to try and get a good "Street Photography" shot, I'll at least make the attempt now.  I actually really liked this one because It has both depth, purpose from the target and in B&W it creates an interesting feel to it as well.

Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Florida

Sebring International Raceway, Sebring Florida

     To top off the day I also landed a very clear shot of the winner of the race as well, so shoutout to Corvette!

Corvette C7.R

Corvette C7.R

The entire shoot was about 4-5 Hours (A little less than I would've Liked, but Florida heat can kill you especially in the middle of the state) and over 150 photos, dwindled down to my favorite ten or so, all of them are below.

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