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28/10/11 21:53 Filed in: Assigments, Motorsports Photography, Sports Photography, scenic photos,
After my 11th season as the official photographer for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series, I finally feel like my transformation from a NASCAR photographer shooting stock cars on oval tracks to a sports car photographer covering many of the great American road races is complete.
One of the definite differences between shooting oval tracks and road courses is the opportunities you get to incorporate more of the surrounding scenery in your photos. From the trees surrounding course like Watkins Glen and Virginia International Raceway to the low, misty clouds hanging over Lime Rock Park , and even the Montreal Skyline looming behind Canada’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the scenery gives you more photographic options than the concrete jungle that is NASCAR.
Even the weather presents opportunities at a sports car race. When the rain starts to fall on a NACAR event, the cars are covered up and the drivers, fans, crews, officials and media retreat to dry quarters to watch the weather radar. On the Grand-AM side of the tracks, rain tires are bolted on ad the show goes on!
So while NASCAR holds the edge in crowd size and TV audience, the motorsports photographer looking to open up his imagination should pack his hiking boots and rain gear and head for the nearest road course.
Be sure to check out my new gallery on bcpix.com: Grand-Am scenics from the 2011 season.
With the traditional Florida opening of many of the nation’s top motorsports series, the first quarter of 2011 has kept me pretty busy.
The new track surface at Daytona brought Gtand-Am and NASCAR teams to town in January to try out the new pavement.
The Daytona tets sessions were quickly followed by the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona for the cars of the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
A few weeks later the NASCAR boys arrived and their media day afforded me the chance to update my files with fresh portraits of the top stars.
This was followed closely by one of the best Daytona 500’s in recent memory.
Soon after it was off to Homestead for round 2 of the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
Back to Daytona for the AMA’s season opening Daytona 200, featuring on the most thrilling finishes ever!
It was soon time for the annual classic in the center of the state: Sebrings 12 Hour sports car race.
Finally, as a diversion from al the motor racing, I started fooling around with digital infrared photography in my spare time.
This second quarter doesn’t look like it will be any slower, with motorsports assignments coming up at Barber Motorsports Park, Talladega, VIR, and Lime Rock Park, not to mention any interesting self-assignments or projects that might come my way.
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