The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the pinnacle of sports car endurance racing. Everything about this race is amazing, from the large field of cars that participate (55 cars in 2014), length of the race (about 3000 miles after 24 hours), size of the track (about 8.5 miles), and the huge number of spectators that attend (263,000 in 2014). Of course their is the incredible technology in the LMP1 cars from Audi, Porsche, and Toyota. Who could have imagined when Le Mans first started 82 years ago, that we now have turbo-electric-kinetic-energy-recovery-hybrid-all-wheel-drive-carbon-fiber-bodywork cars that are highly efficient and have the endurance and speed to “race” for 24 hours. From a photographers point of view, Le Mans must be experienced, since you have the opportunity to photograph the cars under different lighting, weather, and terrain conditions. You also have plenty of time to “get the shot” and many opportunities to get a variety of photos from the “spectator side of the fence” as shown in this photo story. Since Le Mans is a special race, I’ve dedicated part two of my motorsport photography year to cover round three of the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Hope you like the photos.
At this time of year its natural to look back at what you have done, reflect on lessons learnt, be thankful for what you have, and look forward to next year. In some ways 2014 was the first year of my motorsports photography “apprenticeship”. I learnt a lot this year in terms of refining technique, seeing “light and shadows”, composition, and planning. But most importantly, it was experiencing what happens behind the scenes at race car events and meeting the people who make these events happen. Was lucky to have experienced different race series from sprint and endurance sportscar racing to open wheel racing. Special thanks to my wife who let me go away on my race car photography weekends, GTSport Racing, Motorsport.com, North American Sportscar, other photographers, race organizers and staff who helped me this year. Here’s part one of my motorsports photography year. Hope you like the photos. Continue reading “2014 Sebring to Lime Rock Park – Part One of My Motorsport Photography Year”
Over the last couple of years I’ve been keeping an eye on the evolution of the Fujifilm X100 series of cameras, since I really like the retro and range-finder-like design. The latest iteration is the X100T, and most of the things that made me hesitate in buying an X100 series camera have been fixed. So about a month ago I took the plunge and brought an X100T for everyday and personal use. This photo story is about my thoughts on the X100T and a walk-around of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum with this camera. Hope you like the photos.
The TUDOR United Sportscar Championship (TUSCC) series race on the streets of Long Beach was held in the mid-afternoon. The 100 minute race was won by Scott Pruett & Memo Rojas in the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost/Riley. For something a bit different, decided to do illustrate this story with black and white images to better isolate the cars from the busy background. Hope you like the photos.
The qualifying session for the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship (TUSCC) series on the streets of Long Beach was held in the late afternoon. The low light and long shadows helped to create a lot of contrast on the track. Hope you like the photos.