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Charlotte Motor Speedway

I had a business meeting today at the Speedway. After the meeting, I had the opportunity to take some pictures.
All pictures were taken hand held

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chase Plus
16 2.3k 600 England
13 Mar 2020 11:15AM
Well done handheld.
Is there something specific that you would like us to help with ?
Difficult to offer critique on multiple images tbh.
5 31 1 United States
13 Mar 2020 11:57AM
I have never shot fast moving cars at a speedway. I always post here looking for recommendations from more experienced photographers on how to do a better job.

There are 3 other shots posted as versions.
I tried to slow my shutter speed to 1/100 trying to show speed blur, however the results were dismal.

@ 1/200 I see some wheel speed and some of the track, so I think this is a slow as I can get.

I appreciate any input from the Critique Team regarding what needs to be tweaked.

dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
13 Mar 2020 3:00PM
Panning takes practice... Go back again and again, and you'll eventually get it precisely as you want it.

You have the lens, and experience with wildlife, so you'll get there, I'm sure.

One suggestion, though: frame a little bit wider, at least for the moment, and crop if necessary. It's really easy to use a zoom only at the two extremes, and throw away the versatility that people say they offer: the lead shot could be better with more of hte lettering in view - maybe even the nose of the car?

Please note, though, that this is not an area in which I have expertise - I've just tried enough to understand that it's really difficult!
5 31 1 United States
13 Mar 2020 8:54PM
Hi John,
Looking at versions 2 & 3, I had finally caught on to zooming out. It made for an easier pann and I think put the cars in context better.
Unfortunately I will probably not have this opportunity again until next year.

All the shots are pretty much as they were shot. I did adjust the shadows a bit to provide a view into the car.

As always, I appreciate your input.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.1k 2476 United Kingdom
13 Mar 2020 9:46PM
I cut my photographic teeth on motorsport so this is happy viewing for me. A few thoughts - the shots where the driver's face is visible (main upload plus first version) are potentially the strongest, there's a human connection; but they suffer from the cut-off of the front of the vehicle. Allow space in front, for the car to move into. (Space behind doesn't matter.)

If possible, place yourself in order to have the car moving from left to right - because in the West, that's how we expect progress to happen. We read everything, images as well as text, from left to right, rightward movement indicates forward movement. The reverse is counter-intuitive for our brains. With left hand drive cars of course this creates a problem if you want the driver's face visible...

Ideally look for a curve in the track for composition (it will give a more dynamic feel), but not for panning.
5 31 1 United States
14 Mar 2020 1:26AM
Hi Moira,
I am glad to bring back good memories.
Regarding getting the front of the car, I tried!
Where I had to be positioned, I could not see them coming until they were right on top of me. I then tried to pann, zoomed in. Well, I just wasn't fast enough. I suspect I just zoomed in a bit too close. Both you and John had the same recommendation. I will look to do better next year when I am afforded the opportunity again.

I will check the rest of the images I took to see if I have any that show the face as well as the front of the car, but I don't think I do.

Regarding car movement, the only way to accomplish that was to be in the seats and I wasn't allowed there. I remember your point about moving from left to right. It was the first "rule" you taught me a few years ago when I first started posting here. I just couldn't get into the correct position.
I actually had a fairly good vantage point on top of the building where the meetings were held. It is in the in-field just behind the pit area. I will try to get the other vantage point next year.

I have some distance shots of a bank turn, however they didn't look as interesting to me as the close ups.

Thanks, as always, for your input.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
14 Mar 2020 7:47AM
You don't necessarily have to practice with this sort of car: a more local venue with less powerful cars would give you exercise in panning.

And I've realised that you may have a particular problem with car direction, if you're working at a track like the ones I've seen in films - closed oval or similar loops, with the cars running anticlockwise. This means that left-to-right motion requires you to be on the outside of the track - and I'm not sure where hte spectator areas are going ot be.
5 31 1 United States
14 Mar 2020 12:12PM
These were taken during a "closed session" at the track.
I had meetings in a building in the in-field and didn't have access to the outside of the track where the stands are.
I was only able to take pictures from the roof of the building I was in. I couldn't find the tunnel that led to the grandstand on the outside of the track. Since my meetings were related to things other than photography, I had limited time and accessibility to take pictures.
I brought my camera kit with me just in case I had the opportunity to take pictures.

Thanks as always' for your feedback.
5 31 1 United States
14 Mar 2020 5:45PM
I am going to post one to the Gallery that I believe is a better sample, based on the input I recieved.
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1895 England
16 Mar 2020 3:54PM
By the way, I commend your camera-carrying, just in case.

If I ever need a Latin motto, it's going to be Semper Portat Camera - always carry a camera.

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