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Dumb and naive question only someone with layout experience would ask: many of your car shots show the cars at an angle. This certainly contributes to a feeling of action, but I wonder if it is simply a given due to your location/angle of the track, or something you do with the camera in shooting, or cropping in post.
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David,, the angle thing is just a way to make it look more interesting - old two-page magazine shooting style, when the editor wanted some space in the corners to put text over the full bleed image, I guess. Sometimes it also allows you to include elements such as the apex of the corner or just the tire markings on the pavement to round out the composition. There's not much to work with in terms of composition and sweeping lines on the edges help a lot if you can get them into the frame. You also want to be tight to retain the quality and do this in camera, rather than in post, although with 24MB these days I guess I could have cheated and just shot the 300mm and done all this in Photoshop, but what fun would that be? All the local newspaper pros around me were doing that
Flat rectangular shots don't work too well when looking down at a corner. I don't even think about that very much, except maybe "should I have the car leaning like it is banked or completely off kilter as if the corner was paved with crazy negative camber. In the end, when you shoot the same thing over and over again, you start playing around with what you have available, and tilting the frame is one such thing. I like to shoot real tight, too, and that sometimes forces me to go at an angle to get enough of the car in the frame to relate the sense of car (need a tire in there somewhere). Didn't get close enough this weekend without media pass to do that, though.
I never owned a fast car (a good thing, given I grew up a motorhead in Germany next to a car factory...). I found one outlet of those urges in the online racing simulator called iRacing. I think I crashed enough virtual cars that some country's budget wouldn't be able to fund my team