Spending The Day At The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
For the second straight year I have been lucky enough to photograph the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The speedway is a magical place that is fun and challenging to shoot at. To change positions you really have to go a long ways. Once I learned to use the golf carts that would go by it made life much easier for me. Racing is so unlike anything else that I shoot that it makes it fun to get out and try something new. It has also been a while since I made a sports picture so it was good to get out and make some sports frames as well.
Right Place, Right Time
Sometimes you can do everything right, and still not get the shot in sports photography. Sometimes you can also luck into a shot. Saturday I had a little of both on my side. I wanted a spot to shoot the start of the race from. I knew I wanted to be in turn one so that I could shoot down the straightaway and get the pylon in the shot. I went up to find a spot, and the usher showed me the spotters stand. It was a great place that I could shoot from that I will have to keep in mind. Once I had a cool spot that was mine for a while I shot the start of the race, and then I decided to shoot a round of pit stops. I had an idea to shoot vertical and get everything in. Of course chaos ensued, and I was lucky enough to be there to capture it. This turned out to be one of my favorite shots from the weekend. Click on the photo to see it larger and see the jack man flipped over with the jack still under him. There is also chaos in the background of that as well. It was a cool moment that I was lucky enough to be there to capture. Everyone in the photo was okay so I can say that.
Testing Out the Canon 600mm F/4 Lens
One great thing about being a Canon CPS member is being able to try out gear with no cost attached. Here at the Brickyard it is even easier as you can just walk to the Canon room and see what they have. I get my gear cleaned and checked, and also get to try some things out. This year I just wanted to give the Canon 600mm f/4 a shot. I had never shot with the 600 before. I have used converters to get the focal length, but never a prime 600. It is an amazing lens that comes with an equally amazing price. It was great to use it for two days though. I will have to find a weekend with a lot of field sports going on, and try this thing out again. Luckily for me I didn’t do what I did with the 11-24mm and buy it. I would like to, but for what I shoot it really doesn’t make that much sense. The first three photos in this post were made with the 600 so you can see that I really liked what it gave me. Continue reading