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post #1 of 21 Old 03-30-2011, 12:14 AM - Thread Starter
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I finally got to try out my equipment at a real race this past weekend at Auto Club Speedway. Both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series were in town and armed with my hot pass, T2i, 50mm 1.4, and 55-250mm 4-5.6 IS I was looking forward to getting some decent shots.

It ended up being a great weekend. Got to go go-karting with my friend and Sprint Cup driver Landon Cassill and also got to meet Dale Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday, who invited some friends and I into his hauler for a half hour or so.

As for the photos, it was a challenge. The sun kept going behind clouds, making correct exposure a bit of a hassle. It was also my first time trying some panning shots and the cars were approaching 200 MPH when they went by me, so it took some getting used to. I posted some of my better Sprint Cup shots, and a couple others that i liked, with more to come as I still have hundreds to sort through. Hope you all enjoy!



1) Landon Cassill in his #09 car during practice.
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2) Landon waiting on pit road during practice.
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3) Mark Martin taking his qualifying run. The green on this car is stunning in person.
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4) Dale Earnhardt Jr. making a race run in final practice.
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5) Tony Stewart making his final practice run.
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6) Playing around with the 50mm in the garage.
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Wow, those are some nice shots! Great panning from you as well.

And I'm definitely am amazed that you got some of these images with such a low-cost setup. 3 and 4 made me think you were rocking a 70-200mm.

Seeing these shots, I really can only say "Wow!". It looks like you're getting very comfortable with your gear thumb.gif


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Wow! Nice shots!

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Wow, those are some nice shots! Great panning from you as well.

And I'm definitely am amazed that you got some of these images with such a low-cost setup. 3 and 4 made me think you were rocking a 70-200mm.

Seeing these shots, I really can only say "Wow!". It looks like you're getting very comfortable with your gear thumb.gif

Thanks!

I actually was pleasantly surprised at some of my results. The 55-250 did better than I expected, but does have its shortcomings. I had a few shots that were screwed up due to the IS acting funny. It would jitter around quite a bit on occasion. Not sure if that's normal behavior or not, but luckily it did not happen too often. Of course, the AF could always be faster as well but for the price, not bad at all.


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Damn, thats some gooooood panning. Even with the IS, those are some mighty fine shots.


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Thanks for the comments guys. I went through some more shots, including Nationwide practice so I thought I'd post some more. These cars look similar to the Sprint Cup cars, with the biggest difference being the shape of the nose. They only have about 700 horsepower compared to the 900+ that the Sprint Cup cars have so it was a bit easier to get sharp images as well.



7) Steven Wallace




8) Joey Logano




9) Jason Leffler




10) Kyle Busch (boooo )




11) Mark Martin, who ran both series this particular weekend.




12) Brian Scott




13) Rear end shot of the Ford body. Notice the fender flares on the left side.




14) Nice shot of how much rear toe (in this case, toe in since its the left rear) the teams run. Amazing they can get as much as they do with a live rear axle and not break things over the course of a race.




15) Jamie McMurray's Sprint Cup ride lined up for qualifying. Notice the little thing at the base of the windshield?




16) Its Ronald McDonald fishing! The teams all cover the cowl opening so moisture or other things don't end up in there when they're waiting in the qualifying line. Most teams put some sort of creative ornament on it so they know to take it off.




17) And one more from Sprint Cup qualifying. AJ Allmendinger


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Very nice shots thumb.gif No lie, I can see these being posted up somewhere.


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Definitely nicely done

It makes me wonder if IS doesn't like panning.. I really need to get out and shoot more with my 70-200

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Definitely nicely done

It makes me wonder if IS doesn't like panning.. I really need to get out and shoot more with my 70-200
Thanks! I think L tele zooms with IS can be switched between normal and panning IS, but my 55-250 cannot. I actually didn't try any shots without IS. Now I'm curious at what the difference would have been.


I found one more funny picture. I shot this after the race was over on Sunday. Kyle Busch led nearly the whole race, but got out-driven at the end, much to the delight of most of the crowd, including this guy who waved his sign around for most of the day. Sucks that I couldn't switch lenses in time to get his face; he was quite the character.



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