Posted on: December 5, 2010
I actually thought the Flickr posts for 2010 had to come to a close. Then I read on Flickr’s site something about a group and submitting your best shot for 2010. That got me thinking, why shouldn’t IndyCar submit their best shot to this group? And why shouldn’t you be involved?
I picked (5) of our most discussed, viewed, favorited, and interesting of our images from 2010 for you to vote on. I’ll check the results next Sunday and submit the winner. I know we have more than 5 really cool shots, but I had to start somewhere.
So take a look at the following five and make your selection. And if you’re interested the official Flickr 2010 group, you can check it out HERE: Your Best Shot 2010.
The 33 Winning Indy 500 Cars
Tony Kanaan spinning during May
2010 rookie Simona de Silvestro
Target up the hill, at Barber
Pace Car Droplets
Enjoy the poll below. If you’re having any difficulties registering a pick, please leave your choice as a comment on this post – it will be factored in.
Check back next week!
While the month of May can be spent dodging raindrops, from time to time we are blessed with perfect weather over a race weekend. Last week’s racing at Mid-Ohio not only had beautiful weather, but light as well. With practice and racing sessions scheduled during ideal shooting times of morning and late afternoon, it was a photographer’s dream. Whenever I get a chance to shoot in strong light, or in high contrast situations I enjoy playing with my shutter speed and varying my apertures to see what I can produce. Below are some samples of opportunities I came across this weekend.
Pace Car: This shot was taken immediately when I got to the track on Friday morning. The pace cars were methodically lined up, morning dew beading off their brightly painted hoods! It was a great opportunity to shoot into that bright morning sun! By cranking up the shutter speed, the sun gave me a high amount of contrast to catch those droplets and the paint scheme hiding below.
Honda Accord Pace Car
Rollout: Shortly after taking shots of the pace car, I wandered over to the garage area where there are always opportunities to get great shots as teams set up. Dario’s crew had just begun to wheel the #10 car out into the morning light from the sharply contrasting darkness within the transporter. The effect of shooting at f/4 at 1/5000 is a striking one!
At Speed: While not dealing with harsh lighting or high contrast in this situation I was still concerned about how my subject and background would come out. As I peered through my viewfinder I couldn’t help but notice the brilliant yellow curbing and the bright red guard fence. The shot was taken during the race and the harsh light of midday which often washes out color. By turning down my shutter speed to 1/320 I was able to create some motion blur, however with an aperture set at f/13 I was able to capture the rich setting, and avoid that midday washout.
Photo info: f/2.8 at1/5000 with a 15mm. fisheye.
Photo info: f/4 at 1/5000 with a 70-200 mm. lens
Photo info: f/13 at1/320 with a 70-200 mm. lens and 1.4X extender.
You can view all of the images from Mid-Ohio, here.
Posted on: April 22, 2010
It’s front and center – right between the IZOD IndyCar Series logo and the familiar Target bulls-eye of Dario Franchitti’s red firesuit.
So the obvious question is whether Franchitti – or Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon – lobbied to get Huggies, a popular brand of disposable diapers, such prominent visual content. After all, think of the benefit to the Dixons – wife Emma and 10-month-old daughter Poppy.
“That’s a good idea,” Franchitti says. “Hey, Dixie, do you know anything about this?”
Dixon divulges nothing … but that sly smile, hmm. “I wish we would get free diapers,” he says. “We use the Target discount card.”
Dario, Huggies and Breathe Right
OK, that theory is tossed in the trash with the soiled diaper. So how about this one: just to the right (if you look at the photo above) is an advertisement for Breathe Right, which Franchitti wears while he’s on the track in the No. 10 car, working out, possibly while showering.
Franchitti grins, which is all that’s needed to confirm he doesn’t need a Target discount card to replenish his stock.