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John Thawley
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If you're an aspiring sports photographer, I think it's equally important to stay focused outside the lines. Often, shooters get so committed to shooting action, they forget the human element and the emotional collateral that exists away from the field, or in my case, off track.

I rarely leave the media center without grabbing my Leica M9 Rangefinder with either a 35mm Summicron f/2 or 50mm Summicron f/2 mounted up. I've found people much more open and relaxed when I'm hanging around with this camera. I've also found they respond later when they see the photos... it's become a very effective tool for me.

Atmosphere is very much a part of the job, so I thought I'd post a few "off track" examples.

JT






Anthony Downs - Driver for Merchant Services Racing

  M9 Digital Camera    90mm    1/24s    640 ISO    0.0 EV  






Pretty girls...

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/90s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  







Scott Sharp - Driver Extreme Speed Motorsports Patron

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/500s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






Jan Magnussen - Driver Corvette Racing

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/125s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  



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Aug 22, 2012 at 05:29 PM
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Ed Brown, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek - Drivers Extreme Speed Motorspots Patron

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/125s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






Patrick Dempsey - Driver Dempsey Racing

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/750s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






Can Am Replica race car

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/180s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






Chapman Ducote - Driver Merchant Services Racing

  M9 Digital Camera    90mm    1/24s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 22, 2012 at 05:32 PM
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Johannes van Overbeek - Driver Extreme Speed Motorsports Patron

  M9 Digital Camera    0mm    1/500s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  






Guy Cosmo - Driver Extreme Speed Motorsports Patron

  M9 Digital Camera    90mm    1/2000s    160 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 22, 2012 at 05:34 PM
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I guess I should note, for those not familiar with Leica cameras and lenses... these are all shot manual exposure and manually focused. - JT


Aug 22, 2012 at 05:50 PM
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Good stuff John.

Marty



Aug 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
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Nice, I like the Sharp and Magnussen shots. The eye contact makes them more interesting to me.


Aug 23, 2012 at 02:30 AM
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ELWOOD B wrote:
Nice, I like the Sharp and Magnussen shots. The eye contact makes them more interesting to me.


I understand your point, but to be honest, I prefer to catch them candid. Maybe it's because I have so many where they look right at the camera... they tend to look promotional. Of course, you get guys like Bill Auberlen who really knows how to stare the camera down and you get a that bad-ass look which is great. Then of course, Patrick Dempsey... you can immediately tell why this guy makes a living doing what he does. The guy is a natural... and extremely cooperative - great guy.

I posted on another thread, but here they are for the convenience of demonstrating the point.






Bill Auberlen - Driver for BMW / Rahal Letterman

  Canon EOS 7D    140mm    f/4.0    1/500s    400 ISO    +0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    200mm    f/2.8    1/800s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Aug 23, 2012 at 02:47 AM





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