Five from the 500
This year’s 500 will be remembered for many things. It will be remembered not only as the hottest race on record and for Dario’s second win, but also for Danica’s charge to 6th after starting 23rd, and Alex Lloyd’s heroic battle to 4th.
Bottles Photo info: f/2.8 at 1/1000 with 50 mm. lensbaby
Working in the pits on race day allows me to watch these stories unfold firsthand. Shooting Dale Coyne eagerly watching his crew at work, and Danica climbing from her car after an exhausting day, are among the shots I cherish most. These are the moments you feel fortunate to capture. I’ve been told… “If you see it through the viewfinder you’ve missed it.” Fortunately, for both these moments, my shutter got in the way and I did not miss the shot.
On Monday morning a very different set of circumstances presents itself. Photographers from around the world shoot, with little jostling, to get the traditional shot of the now tired winner on a quiet yard of bricks. I savor the opportunities this day presents. There is time to compose, switch lenses, and quietly take in the passing remnants of another race. Tape on pit lane, tire scuffs against a once white wall, and the flowers surrounding victory circle still remain, ninety-nine years of history now etched on the Borg-Warner. I hope you have enjoyed viewing my work from the month of May as much as I had creating it.
Danica Photo info: f/4.0 at 1/800 with 70-200 mm. lens
Lloyd Photo info: f/6.3 at 1/4000 with 15 mm. fisheye
Tape Photo info: f/2.8 at 1/1000 with 50 mm. lensbaby
Dario Photo info: f/2.8 at 1/2500 with 50 mm. lensbaby