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My advice is to get a Circular Polarizer filter for your lens(es) no matter what you are using. It is a fairly inexpensive way to get a lot more punch out of your photos. Let's face it, most motorsport events are not only held at dawn and dusk, so you have to work around the harsh light and this helps a ton. It helps kill reflections and also helps saturate background and sky colors. When I bought one, it was a break through moment for me.
I use Av (aperture priority) mode for static shoots and Tv (shutter speed priority) mode for motorsports stuff. I'm sure you will hear people say you have to shoot in manual mode all the time, but as amateurs, you will get a lot more keepers shooting in these two modes. This helps you focus on getting shots and framing instead of worrying about matching the shutter speeds, etc.
I would also find any facebook page for local events near you. These usually lead you to other pages where you can find more events to go to. SCCA has autocross events all over, so if you live in the US, that is a great place to start and meet other car lovers (read: opportunities to talk about private shoots too). Ask the organizers if you can stand with the track workers and take photos - most times they will not have a problem with it.
Hope that helps some :).
2 months, 2 weeks ago on How To Shoot Cars:</br> Run & Gun Style Feature Photography
@T Brian I always leave them, but ask the owner if they need me to edit them out if doing a private shoot. Or that gives them the opportunity to take it off. I have never had an owner ask me to remove the plates. If you are at an event and just shooting, I wouldn't worry about it at all. The owners are putting their cars on display. If it is someone doing a burnout on a public road or illegal drifting, that's another story.....
I don't think they should ever limit the horsepower. Like Conrad said, horsepower sells tickets. If you look across many race series, when they start dialing back and controlling horsepower/speed, the series suffers. Most times, the issue is safety and I don't think the FD cars are at risk of that. Racing is important for development and I don't think people are going to be (as)interested if cars aren't pushing the envelope.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on What Do You Think About The Horsepower Wars?
@ClaudioFellipheDias @HooptyHeroTyler Typically Canon lenses tend to be cheaper, especially the mega telephotos.
5 months, 1 week ago on How to Shoot Cars: All The Gear, Some Idea?
@ChrisBurnham I would say use it until you feel like you have outgrown it or it doesn't meet the needs that you have. If you will never use a 400mm lens, why buy one first? Get out there and shoot and see what you feel is lacking and go from there. I started out with a Canon Rebel and kit lens a few years ago and then upgraded equiptment as I had funds or needed. Since then I bought the Canon 50mm 1.8, Canon 55-250mm IS (sold), 70-200 f4L (sold for IS model a few months ago), and Tamron 28-75 f2.8 (going to sell for Canon 24-105L). Take constructive criticism, but don't let people make you think you can't make a great image unless you have millions invested. Hope that helps.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on When Cubes Meet Compressors…</br>And The Street
@randomswede @SuzyWallace Sometimes holes like that would be used to direct air to the front brakes (requiring ducting), but may just be for looks too.
6 months ago on Coolest And Rarest. 5 Cars To Discover From Nostalgic 2 Days
@JoshuaInman You aren't paying for their services, so if the content isn't up to your "standards", you don't have to keep coming back.
7 months ago on Wheelie A Car? Are You Insane?
@midgeman Yeah, I would totally a camera strap, too.
7 months, 1 week ago on The We Are Gold Collection: 48 Hours Only
This is an amazing collection Larry! Keep up the good work!
8 months, 1 week ago on Almost One Second Of My Life
@KeithCharvonia @Bridges ok, thanks Keith!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Local And Low:<br />Severed In The Southwest 2013
Hey Keith, was that NC sticker on a red Toyota Tacoma per chance? Looks like the same truck that I drooled over in high school. He came to a local car show and parked next to my Hardbody. Great article!
Wow, thanks for posting mine, Paddy!
8 months, 2 weeks ago on #IAMTHESPEEDHUNTER: The Overflow
"right now somewhere in the middle of America there’s a truck road tripping to Vegas, and in the back of it is a spectacular Golf on its way to the biggest show of its kind in the world."
Looks like a Fast and Furious style heist is in order. Just kidding, this is the trifecta - amazing writing, beautiful pics and a ridiculously cool car. Bravo!
10 months, 1 week ago on Forge On… </br> Berg Cup Mk1 Golf
@Project 350ZTT It adds length to the car=more weight. So handling, gas mileage, and acceleration suffer. Making the engine more compact means they can also bring it further back for a more even weight balance.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Discussion: Which Car Should Be Brought Back?
I have been looking for this feature for a while, amazing build!
1 year, 1 month ago on Shelby Would Have Approved: The V12 Cobra
I think this is more an outside the box kind of build. Who builds a Cobra without traditional colors? Who builds one without a V8? I'm sure that horsepower figure could go way up if the owner changed pulleys, but it seems like this build is about driving hard instead of repairing stuff that breaks. It seems like a lot of these other Gatebil builds are of the "turn up the boost til it blows" though process, whereas this seems like a build that the owner wants to drive hard reliably and hold onto for a while.
Kinda hard to tell since they are dark, but I think they are RS5 wheels.
1 year, 1 month ago on The Side Project: A 700hp Classic Bmw
No problem! Have fun out there!
1 year, 1 month ago on The seventh edition of the Players Show at North Weald airfield in Essex, UK
ISO is similar to film speed in film cameras. You would use ISO (or film speed) 100 for bright light shooting (like daytime outside at the track) and a higher ISO when shooting in the dark. The higher ISO helps increase shutter speed so you have a higher probability of getting a sharp shot at ISO 1800 in a darkly lit room rather than ISO 100. The trade off is the higher the ISO setting, usually the more noise or graininess in the photo. For the settings list: 24-105mm is the focal range (24mm at the wide end and 105 at the zoom end). f/4 is the maximum setting that the aperature can be set at through the zoom range. So that just shows the range of the lens
Me too! Great to see an up close feature on this youtube hero! Excellent pics and writing Bryn, there are just so many details on this build.
1 year, 3 months ago on Race-taxi: The Porsche Bi-turbo Bus
Also, most cameras have a JPEG + RAW mode if you want to use that so you can have both.
1 year, 3 months ago on SPEEDHUNTERS PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE: THE BASICS
This can be a pretty heated argument like Nikon vs Canon. I shoot JPEG b/c the files store smaller and takes less software and computing power to process (I have an older computer and editing JPEGs takes less time), but RAW saves more of the data per picture - so picture quality is better and easier to correct mistakes made by incorrect exposure and settings. If you plan to shoot professionally or prints, shoot in RAW, if you want to post on web and need to turn around a lot of pics quickly, I recommend JPEG. Just my personal preference.
I don't believe for a second that Jr did it intentionally, but it looked to me (in the stands and on the screen) that he simply lost control of his car and then tried to cover it up. You and Jr were both churning out smoke like bosses!! Sorry if I misspoke, but just wanted to see you win in ATL!
1 year, 3 months ago on The Hammer Vs The Muscle
I think another factor here is that Fredric is too nice to call Jr out and Jr isn't afraid to take advantage of that.
I agree, from where I was standing, it looked like Jr lost control and then just ran over Fredric. Even if Fredric came in too slow to be cautious (and it's not like he was doing 30mph), Jr's job was to follow his line.... I don't understand how Danny George taps another driver in the same corner and is DQ'd and then Jr runs OVER a competitor's car and gets another chance?
Great write-up Mike, all of you guys and girls have done an amazing job of bringing all of the car culture the world has to offer under one roof. I can consistently come to this site and see something new and exciting - I don't think this can be said for any other automotive site out there. I know you all put in long hours, crazy flights, and long car rides to get us these new rides and stories. Thank you guys so much for what you do, I will be checking your site daily (usually multiple times a day) for the next 5+ years to come!
1 year, 3 months ago on Speedhunters Changed My Life: Five Years On
Also great write up Paddy, I think everyone on here worships you guys' mad photo skills :)
1 year, 4 months ago on Speedhunters Photography Guide: Introduction
@Roughsmoke look for details on a car and make them stand out using a narrow depth of field. Also try not to stand at eye level and take pics. Try to get higher or lower to create visual interest. Also a circular polarizer filter will help kill reflections of other cars or glare on your subject.
If you are on a budget, buy a used body and a spend a larger portion on the lens. Most people do this backwards. A great body will just exaggerate a mediocre lens.
My 2010 Honda Element has these same style clamshell/suicide type doors and it's not an expensive car, so it can be done.
1 year, 4 months ago on Renault Twin’z Concept: The Future Is Rwd
Reminds me of those 1st episode previews of the rest of the season on Top Gear - awesome overload!! Looks like you guys have some great stuff lined up!
1 year, 4 months ago on Protect Me From What I Want
Great pics as always Larry! Also enjoyed the format you used here for the article.
1 year, 5 months ago on Through My Lens: The 21 Hours Of Sebring
I've seen some just do it with white spray paint and a stencil, but you can buy tire specific brush paint.
1 year, 5 months ago on Sunny Delight: A Perfectly Blended B110
Suddenly everyone is a physics professor. Dino, the belts look great and I'm sure you have weighed the pros and cons of mounting a system like this, you don't need everyone else spelling it out for you. I'm sure they will help with all the spirited driving that you seem to get into, hope you enjoy them :)
1 year, 6 months ago on Takata Equipped: Project Gt-r’s New Belts
Who wears a tie when checking timing?
1 year, 6 months ago on Engine Porn: Os Giken Tc24-b1z
I don't think a Ute would sell in the US. People buy lots of sedans, trucks, and SUV's. Typically models that fall in between any of those categories do not sell well here. It doesn't have a backseat (justifiable in a sports car, but this is a truck sports car?) and people will be skeptical about how they will use it (people would probably be hesitant to tow with it or even less likely to take it offroad). I feel like this is a genre that does well in Australia, but wouldn't do well in any other markets.
1 year, 6 months ago on Four Door Muscle: The 2014 Chevy Ss
No I agree. Chevy has had plenty of opportunities to produce good cars and then always seem to miss the mark because they went cheap on something. I guarantee that when this thing gets into the hands of journalists, you will hear remarks like "steering is numb and vague" or "brakes feel wooden". Yeah it has Brembos, but GM will probably put a cheap master cylinder in there to crap the whole system up....Everything about the styling is just kinda more of the same instead of making a leap and creating a halo car (see my rant about the new Corvette, same thing here).
Found a video on jalopnik, not sure if this is the same event, but the "Shell Audi" was in it. Should at least be similar shenanigans:
1 year, 6 months ago on Dancing On Ice, Gatebil Style
*Bozz speed used wider tires on an Evo VI
1 year, 6 months ago on Spotlight-o-rama At The Battle Evome
Yeah wider front tires makes the car more willing to rotate no matter if FF, FR, etc. I remember reading an article a long time ago where Bozz speed used wider tires up front to get better turn in and less understeer.
Yeah, you are right, there are very few tire choices in 16" sizes and the 17" allows for more brake clearance.
Amazing car, love the change from homegrown innovations (I remember seeing this car in a magazine when he was using extensions on the bottom of the stock front fenders to run wider tires) to the true beast this thing has turned into. Cracks me up that the stock pedals are still in use :)
1 year, 6 months ago on True Dedication: Under Suzuki’s S15