Wild Weds. 14/52 A Wild Good Time at the Races

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On Saturday I went to a car show, but discovered the night before that there would be drag racing too, so I spent all my time there photographing the racing, and not the many, many cars that were parked for viewing.

Two of my photography girlfriends in our group decided to join me, and we had so much fun.  We were trying the “panning technique”.   It’s not a technique I employ often. This technique requires one to slow the shutter down a bit, then track your subject while it’s moving then when it gets to the spot you want it to be gently squeeze the shutter while following your subject through the squeezing/releasing of the shutter.  It happens in a nano second.  I didn’t think I was doing it very well, but have more keepers than I thought I would.

The idea is to show movement/speed/motion while trying to keep the subject in focus.  It takes a bit of practice.

Settings I used were f/10-f/14, and I varied my shutter speed between 1/125s, 1/100s, and 1/80s in the beginning, and ended up using 1/125s and 1/100s the most.  I had really good light so kept my ISO at 100.

I liked f/13-f/14 the best for keeping more of the car in focus.

I also wanted to stop the action to show different parts of what was going on.  I just raised my Shutter Speed in those instances.

I was using Manual Priority, Auto White Balance, Matrix Metering mode, Single Point Focus, and Single shot shooting mode throughout the shoot.

So, there’s the technical bits, lemme show you some images from the races. “)

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Drag Racing Car

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Drag Racing Dan Nayl Or

They approach the starting line with attitude, noise, and whole lot of burning rubber. 🙂

Burn Rubber!

These cars are fast! From the start to finish this car did it in 10.962 seconds at 134.44 miles per hour! One dragster later on clocked in over 200 miles per hour! WILD! 🙂

10.962s  134.44MPH

We spent 2 1/2 hours shooting just cars racing up this track. The time flew by! When it was time to head down to the car show to meet the rest of our group we stopped by the pit area for a closer look.

Can you smell the burn? 🙂  Man it was ear drum bursting noise down there!

Can you smell the burn-Burning Rubber

It was so much fun. I can’t wait to go back.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 24-120mm f/4| SanDisk Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Thursday Doors 26/52: N°1005

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Wow, this week is the halfway point for my year commitment to posting a door a week on Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors! This year is just flying by!

While I was at the Rodeo last week-end hanging around the stables photographing competitions, and candid portraits I noticed the stable doors, so of course this week I’m sharing Stable Doors and a very shy horse.

N°1005 -I couldn’t get this horse to stick its head out the door for the life of me! I think I needed to have a carrot or sugar cube instead of a camera.

I do love the bits and pieces hanging from the opened half of the door.

Stable Door 1005

…a close up of the latch,

Stable Door Hardware

A Cowboy practicing his ropin’ in front of a Stable Door N°1022

Practice makes Perfect

Lassoing a dummy cow/bull in front of a Stable Door N°1022

Practice makes Perfect II

…and this blond beauty at N°1002 wasn’t shy about poking its head, and nose out to find out what the heck all the clicking was about. 🙂

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Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm & 80-200mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5| Hand-held

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Summer is…

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The Rodeo!

I spent the day at the San Benito County Rodeo yesterday. It was hot and dusty, but fun to watch.  I got there early to photograph the cowboys, and cowgirls getting ready for their events, and capture some candid moments, and some posed moments too.

Here are Miss San Benito Rodeo 2015 in red, and Miss San Benito Rodeo 2016 in pink . They were helping out with the Halter Horse competition.

Miss San Benito Rodeo 2015 & 2016

Before the Rodeo started the Horse handlers were driving the Buckin’ Bronco Horses to the staging area.

Bronco Horses

Cow roping

Cow Roping Rodeo

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm & Nikkor 80-200mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2015.5

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