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Images from Long Beach.




  Canon EOS 7D    500mm    f/6.3    1/500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    500mm    f/5.0    1/1600s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    200mm    f/13.0    1/125s    100 ISO    -0.7 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    500mm    f/6.3    1/500s    200 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    200mm    f/5.6    1/1600s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  




Apr 24, 2013 at 06:11 PM
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A few more....




  Canon EOS 7D    140mm    f/3.2    1/800s    200 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    200mm    f/2.8    1/2000s    100 ISO    -0.3 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    55mm    f/10.0    1/100s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    55mm    f/6.3    1/125s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 7D    70mm    f/10.0    1/100s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  




Apr 24, 2013 at 06:17 PM
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p.1 #3 · The worst race track in America


Even so...you still make it work

Nuff said...

Jefferson



Apr 24, 2013 at 06:29 PM
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Great shot, Really like the shots of drivers and crew. But good action. And I've never seen a Chrome Merc before haha.


Apr 24, 2013 at 07:59 PM
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John: I'll confess to my ignorance regarding this type of photography, but I know what I like, and these are some great photos. I love the variety of angles and perspectives, the colors and the intimacy, and I appreciate the skill and thought that most certainly were required to put this set together. Thanks for sharing them.


Apr 24, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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Nice job!
I especially like 1, 4, 6, and 7.




Apr 24, 2013 at 09:57 PM
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Fantastic shots, as usual. I'm curious as to why you are calling this the worst race track in America. Shadows?


Apr 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM
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lhryshko wrote:
Fantastic shots, as usual. I'm curious as to why you are calling this the worst race track in America. Shadows?


- Well, I'll start by confessing that I'm cranky.

But, seriously, the track is a habit trail, lined with fences, banners and porta-potties. Getting where you need to go is two step forwards and one step back. In reality, you shoot one end of the track or the other. Most of all, however, it is the schedule. We have a two hour session on Friday... then qualifying, then the race. The American Le Mans Series is a sports car endurance race. 120 minutes is not an endurance race. They barely need to do a pit stop. So, on top of having nowhere to shoot, you can't get to where you want to shoot ... no time.

It's more of a festival than a race. We'll be at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next month... now THAT is a race track.

JT



Apr 25, 2013 at 12:05 AM
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What Russ said.

These are a real treat ... great stuff.



Apr 25, 2013 at 04:33 AM
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Totally disagree: St. Petersburg is the worst. And Watkins Glen is the best. YMMV and oh yeah; Thanks for the great shots...


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Ed Peters wrote:
Totally disagree: St. Petersburg is the worst. And Watkins Glen is the best. YMMV and oh yeah; Thanks for the great shots...


Actually, Baltimore trumps both for the bottom slot.

Tough to beat Road America!



Apr 25, 2013 at 03:27 PM
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p.1 #12 · The worst race track in America


Absolutely stunningly goregeous set of images! Thanks for sharing!
Billy-



Apr 26, 2013 at 03:52 AM
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I know you have had a long running hate relationship with LB, to be honest, I think it shows. I have to think that the track really limits what you can come away with. That said, #1 and #4 are my picks of the set.


Apr 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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Phenomenal set!


May 02, 2013 at 02:38 PM
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Nice !!!!!, I really like the crew picture


May 03, 2013 at 02:45 AM
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p.1 #16 · The worst race track in America


I don't normally like race car shots (sorry, guys), because they are often static and one-note, but these certainly are NOT. Great shots.


May 03, 2013 at 02:09 PM
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Wonderful set.

Chris



May 03, 2013 at 02:15 PM
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I'll bet it's a fun track to drive, but it's HORRIBLE to shoot. I went in 95. Always wanted to go. Swore I'd never go back and my company has a branch in Long Beach so I could make arrangements to go the week before the race and hang for the weekend. No thanks. BTW, if you REALLY want to be frustrated, try shooting it without a photo pass. I agree, worst track in the US. So many better tracks to view a race (:ike Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio... never been to Road America but I've heard it's great. The Glen doesn't make the cut and I grew up near there).


May 03, 2013 at 10:15 PM
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p.1 #19 · The worst race track in America


The track may be bad, but your photos are Great!
Hope to see you at Road America or Virginia International Raceway this season!



May 03, 2013 at 10:23 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm sure my "angst" toward Long Beach will mellow as the season wears on.... only to be renewed by the end of the 12 Hours of Sebring. Although, we haven't seen the newly formed USCR schedule yet.... track might not be able to handle the number of entires. We'll see what 2014 brings.


May 07, 2013 at 02:42 PM





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