Photographs by Frank

19 June 2021

Another Friday Night at the Races

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank @ 11:45 PM

Last Friday night, I tried my hand at photographing the stock car races in Claremont, NH (see this post for the details). That evening was rain-shortened and my ticket was good again for last nights racing.

Thus, yesterday, I headed out early, paid the difference in admission between the grandstand ticket and a paddock pass and wandered among the racers for a long afternoon/evening.

I left the house about 4:15 PM and got to the track just as practice laps began at 5:30. The racing lasted until 11:30 and I got home just before 1 AM… not something this geezer could do every Friday night!

I was hoping to get some behind-the-scenes photos of my neighbors preparing to race. However, they did not race last evening. So I wandered the pits for a while and rediscovered that I am not very adept at photographing people… especially people who are working hard to get ready to race. After awhile, I turned my attention to the action on the track.

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Tools of The Trade
Tools of The Trade
Drivers Meeting
Drivers Meeting
Modifieds
Modifieds
Friday Evening Traffic
Friday Evening Traffic
Wrong Side Up (the driver walked away)
Wrong Side Up (the driver walked away)
Restart
Restart
Race Action
Race Action
Close Quarters (Sparks Fly)
Close Quarters (Sparks Fly)
Goin' Sideways
Goin' Sideways
Aftermath
Aftermath
On The Line
On The Line
Door Handle to Door Handle, Literally
Door Handle to Door Handle, Literally

Warning… photographer talk ahead!

Photographing fast moving objects in poor light is “interesting”. Early on, with the sun still out, life was fairly easy. As the evening wore on, I ventured into ISO territory that I had not visited before in attempt to keep a shutter speed fast enough to freeze the motion of a race car.

I also discovered that I have a gap in my lens choices when it comes to this sort of photography. The long end of my 16-80 mm zoom is a bit short and my 300 mm lens is often a bit long. (I certainly did not need the telelconverter I brought along for the 300.)

I also used “burst mode” exclusively. Burst mode allows one to take multiple frames in very rapid succession something like 10 frame per second for my camera. I very rarely use this mode in my usual practice. When I do it is only for short times and generally in the “low speed mode that my camera has. Last night I used the high speed mode for the majority of evening.

The result…I made a total of 4002 exposures and almost filled a 128 GB card! Terra incognita for me. Sorting though all of those files was a major pain and I bet that I missed a few interesting frames in doing so… one of the downsides of burst mode! I ended up processing about 100 frames total. Aren’t you glad I am showing only a dozen here!?

1 Comment

  1. I discovered the same reality – I am NOT a people person. My event was Brimfield with hopes of capturing some of the personalities there. I did get a few but also got a few sneering looks my way – went back to the non-opinionated objects for sale!

    I do think people shooting/street photography is easier when you shoot with another person at first.

    Ain’t it the truth – the right lens! I shot the inside of a church and I brought a second lens that I thought was a 50-140 but it was my 100-400 (no help at all). I did have the 18-55 kit lens though.

    Thank you for NOT sharing the rest of the 4K images!!

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 20 June 2021 @ 8:15 AM

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