Going Green

Posted on: June 23, 2010 | Comments (1) | More than meets the eye | By: Shawn

Fan with Flag

Fan with Flag

(Fan with Flag) Photo Info: f 4.0 at 1/2000 with a 50 mm. lensbaby.

As I sat in the media center post-race, eating my complimentary corn nuts, it somehow seemed fitting that the guy with the green and gold helmet walked away with the victory… It was a “green” race, both literally and figuratively, green fields, green event T’s, green trophy, and of course the smell of ethanol. For Tony Kanaan, luck has been hard to come by as of late. As I stood in Tony’s pit box watching a tire bounce across the pit lane I thought for certain another victory had been lost, but a quick response by his crew kept him in the game. Then, with only a handful of laps to go, the golden handprints on the back of his helmet appeared to almost push him to victory on this Father’s Day.

Kanaan in the Pits

Pit Lane

(Pit Lane) Photo Info: f 2.8 at 1/8000 with a 50 mm. fisheye.

Helmet close up


(Tony’s Eye) Photo info: f/14 at 1/160 with a 70-200 mm. zoom.

Colorful shot


(Car on Track) Photo Info: f 9.0 at 1/160 with a 70-200 mm. zoom.

Victory Lane

Victory Lane

 (Victory Circle) Photo info: f/4 at 1/1600 with a 50mm. lensbaby.

I hope you enjoy my retrospective look back on the “green” weekend that was. My goal for the weekend was to keep my lens selection, shutter speeds, and f-stops as diversified as the tracks IndyCar races on, doing this keeps my shots fresh and my growth as a photographer continuous. It was my first trip to Iowa Speedway, and exploring its nooks and photo holes was a true joy. Shooting action on track from the inside allows for a backdrop with a plethora of color, and the highly accessible victory lane allowed me to get that intimate look of a confetti sprinkled wing. The track’s well-organized layout, along with a passionate staff and fan base mark it as a must on next year’s race calendar for any photo-bug!


There is one comment for this post.

  1. Steve Simpson on June 23, 2010 5:06 pm
    Steve Simpson

    Shawn, great photos! Glad you enjoyed Iowa, the fans and the track. Keen observation on the color link.

    See you back here next year.

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