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Offline mauiguy46

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Drag Racing photo help
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:01:35 AM »
Being a die-hard drag race fan and former racer, can anyone pass along some hints for taking
drag racing photos... Big national event coming to the Seattle area in a few weeks and I'm going
to fly in to try my hand at it... Bringing my arsenal with me, A57/A65 and plenty of glass... Like to
find out if the starting line is a good starting spot or at the finish line... I have a 200-500 lens along
with a 135-400, each will be on either camera...
Any and all help you can pass along will be greatly appreciated on this end..

Mahalo in advance,
ted

Offline markc

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Re: Drag Racing photo help
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2013, 12:30:20 PM »
Well - I've only been to a couple of drag racing events - but I'll weigh in:

You'll probably find the 200-500 a bit long. I took most of my on track shots at 200 (longest lens I had at the time) and I think that 300 would have been the most I could have seriously used.

Take a wider angle fast lens for walking round the pits. There will be lots of opportunity to poke your camera into often darker) places where cars are being worked on.

Don't use too fast a shutter speed on the "action" shots - pan the camera to get motion blur of the background (and give some impression of the speed).

Don't be afraid to burn shots - use burst mode to nail that image - you can always delete the dross later.

Take ear defenders. Nothing worse than missing a top fuel burnout because the noise made you jump when pressing the release (it has happened to me - oops!)

Watch what the press photographers are doing - they probably know the best spots.

I usually try to mix up about 1/4 of the way down the course (gets burnouts, starts and high speed passes), behind the cars and pits for my shots. I've NEVER had a good shot at the finish and have stopped sitting there!

Oh yes - be prepared to get frustrated :-)

Hope that helps.

Mark