Fender Bender - NASCAR Style

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What happens when you get "bumped" going 180mph?

O'Reilly 300 out at Texas Motor Stadium:

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Ouch.

_/oe
 
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I got a 4 day VIP pass which allows me access to the Pit area up to an hour before the race. The track allows you to bring any camera equipment you want. I tried to take some shots from areas the pros do but was kindly told that due to insurance reasons only I could not.

The big ticket is called a Hot Pass which allows you access anywhere (garages, rooftops, etc...). Couldn't get my hands on one though.

So yeah, it's just me wandering around.

_/oe
 
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Makes the shots even more commendable Joe.

A good mate of mine is now at the stage of getting credentials through Motorcycle News and LAT, but developed to this stage by being very creative about how he got shots as just a spectator. In essence it's good training because if you can get great shots the hard way then you should get even better shots when you've got the credentials to shoot from the good spots. :)

Neil
 
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joe, was told your the man on panning...did you see my post on "ast sat at the speedway in jamestown"...wanted to get help to get the max sharpness for panning...what techniques do you use? how slow shutter speed do you use? do you use vr?...if so, what mode?

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Oh no, I'm not the man but I do practice as much as possible. You want a solid pan specialist, go see Ron Reznick. How that guy follows a bird with his lens and ends up with such sharp images is beyond me. He can actually focus on a very small area and follow it through to the shot.

I saw your images and they look very well done. You can vary the amount of blur in the background by lowering the shutter speed but you know that. It just takes practice. A little bit of car blur isn't a bad thing (pick up a NASCAR magazine or SI and you'll see their images are similar).

I did sit next to a pro during one of the practice sessions and his panning technique was unique (to me anyway). He waited and then as the car sped by he snapped the lens to the left very fast for about 45 degrees. I don't know how his shots came out but he consistently repeated the action. It's something I'm planning to try next time out. Me, I start following the car as it comes around a turn and try to get my panning speed equal to it as it goes by. Planning on using a tripod next time as well, stabalize the vertical plane as much as possible.

Yes, I use the VR in active mode but I also tried it with VR off. It didn't seem to make a noticable difference but talking to a Nikon Pro he said that the panning VR works even when VR is turned off (designed that way). At least on the 70-200VR.

These shots have the settings in them (I know they're a bit dark). I tend to try and stay between 1/100 - 1/250 shutter speed. Using 1/500 tends to get a small bit of motion blur in the stands and on the wheels but it still looks like a parking lot shot (to me). The car is crisp though.

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I think someone mentioned there's an article in this months Popular Photography magazine about shooting NASCAR, I have to go check that out.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

_/oe
 
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