Sonoma Part 2: Camera Talk, Fave Pictures, And The Gratuitous Tony PicturesPosted by in General | NASCAR
(If you are looking for the 2013 Sonoma Race Diary please go here)
If you know me, read this site, are facebook friends with me, follow me on twitter, instagram etc- then you know two things about me for sure: I love NASCAR (and fast cars in general) and I have a “thing” for photography. I do not necessarily consider myself a photographer- but I do like to roam around with a camera snapping pictures of this, that and the other. I do do some post production work in LightRoom- but what I have learned in both photography and LightRoom is pretty much self taught (lots of trial and error) with some guidance from my dad who also dabbles.
Previous to this race at Sonoma- I shot either a Canon 20d with a 300 mm lens (lens never comes off of the 20d because an inherent issue with that camera and dust getting on the sensor- so instead of tempting fate- I leave the lens on) or a Canon T1 that I would change the lens on (shooting primary 28-135 mm and sometimes a 50mm fixed that I still haven’t got the hang of). I learned to LOVE the 300 mm lens- love love love it and never leave home without it (well when leaving home with a camera anyway). Sonoma was no different this time- my trusty 20d with the 300m was in the bag (as was the rebel)…but I had a new-to-me toy in my bag too (thanks to my dad who upgraded to a different camera): a Canon 5d Mark II. It’s a heavier camera body than I am use to. It doesn’t have an on-board flash where both the rebel and the 20d do. On it I have a 24-105 mm lens (given to me with the camera). Anyway- I am standing in the media center at Sonoma Raceway on Friday when I decide that for our initial walk of the garage area that morning I am going to try out the Mark II – knowing that if I wasn’t liking what I was seeing I could just run back and switch to my trusty love:the 20d/300mm combination.
While at the track this year I took 1800+ pictures all on the Mark II- the 20d never even came out of my camera backpack (although I do admit that I did consider putting on the 300mm lens just to play with the difference between it and the 20d but racetracks are so dirty- I didn’t want to expose the sensor). While sure there were disappointments in my pictures (there ALWAYS are though- no matter what camera I am shooting, no matter what subject I am shooting)- I was pleased overall with what I got.
Here are my favorite pictures from the race. All I ask is that you keep in mind that this is the first time I have ever used this camera and lens:
I could go on and subject you all to pictures of gas cans lined up this way and that, tires stacked hither and yon, and all other types of garage pictures but I will spare you. Instead I want to show you what I was most pleased with. The fact that I actually took people pictures that I didn’t think were terrible. I don’t know if I am just more comfortable in the garage at Sonoma or if it was the camera (or maybe a little bit of both):
So, not bad, right? Again you can see the entire set (including my instagrams from the track and some of Misty’s pictures as well in my Sonoma 2013 Flickr set).
Okay and now for the much promised Gratuitous Tony Stewart pictures that I left out of my Race Diary (on purpose). This is actually a set of pictures taken in the garage at Sonoma by Misty and I of Tony heading to his car for second practice on Friday:
1. Tony Stewart playfully whacks his father Nelson Stewart (who was holding an in depth conversation with someone at the time) on the back as he walks by:
2. Tony checks to see if he got a reaction:
3. Tony is pleased at the reaction:
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