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JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19078
Country: United States

You're right Mike, Darren Heath is exceptional.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19078
Country: United States

Beautiful NM images Zim.



JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19078
Country: United States

What is the deal with video restriction? Why is video such a no no when you can shoot all the still you want?



ironhide
Registered: Oct 06, 2009
Total Posts: 97
Country: United States

JWilsonphoto wrote:
ironhide wrote:
Jim,
You must have great friends if you can access F1 credentials just by talking to friends Anywhere I've read about becoming a photographer with F1 is as hard as getting to the moon.



Sometimes the influence my clients/friends have boggles my mind. I try not to grin in amazement, because one supposed to take it as the normal course of a day's events, it's not cool to chuckle, on the outside. Still, it's pretty difficult to keep a nonchalant demeanor when you're in Dallas in the morning and shooting in places like the Oval Office, the Supreme Court chambers or a Fortune 100 board room a few hours later. The abject terror and adrenaline associated with the task at hand helps to keep you grounded though. I rarely, very rarely, avail myself of my client's generosity, but I know it's always there and it means a great deal that we have the kind of relationships we do. Whether this credential thing comes to fruition or not really isn't as important as the fact that a very busy, extremely successful client dropped what he was doing and got excited about doing something for a friend.


I'm sure that it is also in no small measure due to the kind of stellar product you deliver and your initiative to take the time to develop relationships with them Jim.



ironhide
Registered: Oct 06, 2009
Total Posts: 97
Country: United States

Just frustrating at times. Especially when walking to a farther/better spot is a chore brought on by a bad ankle.
Can CS6 content-aware fill do a number on the fence?







JWilsonphoto
Registered: Jan 16, 2002
Total Posts: 19078
Country: United States

Thank you Ironhide. I am ever cognizant of the blessings I've had over the past 32 years, well 63 years actually. Doing what I do for a living is a dream come true, it's not the correct path for everyone, but it has certainly taught me a tremendous amount about myself, about dedication in the face of occasionally seemingly insurmountable obstacles, about people, about faith, and oh yeah, about photography. I guess I'll keep going and try to turn pro in a few years!

Re: content aware. I hope someone can help you with a trick I am unfamiliar with. My experience wit CA is love/hate. Occasionally it's a miracle, but often it creates a mess.

What did happened to your ankle? Hope you heal quickly.



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2754
Country: United States

Ram, I can empathise about the walking for miles with a bad leg thing...

OK folks, I have made a monster blog post about COTA, F1 and photography. Hope you enjoy it:
http://futurshox.blogspot.com/2012/11/formula-1-at-circuit-of-americas.html

Here's a shot of the flypast before the race for those who aren't into cars.



ironhide
Registered: Oct 06, 2009
Total Posts: 97
Country: United States

Jim,
I tore a few ligaments while playing tennis

Jo,
Great and comprehensive post! A small correction - It is Heikki Kovalainen in that green car with a red helmet and not Schumacher (who drives for Mercedes GP, silver cars but same colour helmet). Did you get up onto the grandstands to shoot from turn 2?



futurshox
Registered: Feb 15, 2008
Total Posts: 2754
Country: United States

Thanks for the correction! Fixed. Yes, we *ahem* snuck up there on Friday for a brief visit, although we didn't stay long. In retrospect, we should have hung out there as long as we could!



Tim Adams
Registered: Jan 01, 2004
Total Posts: 2864
Country: United States

Great bog post. For those who can go, hit the ALMS race at COTA next year. Your ticket is your pit pass, no extra cash needed!! We really are spoiled here by tracks like Road America and Road Atlanta. You can wander wherever you want, no assigned seats, and you can get very close to the track, and no fencing in the majority of places.



gerov
Registered: Nov 29, 2004
Total Posts: 9001
Country: United States

Zim,
stunning landscape shots. For that first one, I'd just want to pull up a chair and sit for a few hours and enjoy the changing light and clouds.

As for the other two, all I could think of was how many trout there might be in the river there and how much fun it would be to stand there waist deep for a few days admiring the beautiful landscape.

need to get my backside out west...

Gero



FlyingPhotog
Registered: May 09, 2008
Total Posts: 4775
Country: United States

Hey All...

Just trying to catch up.

Glad those attending the F1 race had a fun time. Race looked great on TV and it seems that in COTA, they've built a first-class facility! Hope it draws top-shelf series for years to come! Would love to see it in person some day!

Beautiful scenery Zim! Need a NM fix myself. Such a beautiful state!

Hope everyone's run up to Thanksgiving is as un-eventful as possible and that everyone (who participates) has a great holiday weekend!



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4076
Country: Netherlands

futurshox wrote:
Ram, I can empathise about the walking for miles with a bad leg thing...

OK folks, I have made a monster blog post about COTA, F1 and photography. Hope you enjoy it:
http://futurshox.blogspot.com/2012/11/formula-1-at-circuit-of-americas.html

Here's a shot of the flypast before the race for those who aren't into cars.



Great Blog Jo left you a message...

Hey Jo excellent report and great shots love the Classics.

Heritage Flight shot is F16 USAF
P38 Rod Lewis and the Mustangs are Double Trouble two and I think February both operated by Comanche Fighters LLc otherwise known as the Horseman flight team.
The Friedkin Family out of Eagle Pass.

http://goo.gl/maps/aMx1H



Tim Adams
Registered: Jan 01, 2004
Total Posts: 2864
Country: United States

Big Steve was flying the P-38, Rod's plane though.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2634
Country: United Kingdom

mikegeng wrote:

The best F1 photog, and perhaps just best racing photog, who truly makes art, is Darren Heath. He spends days before a race walking to discover the light and new shots versus prior years if he is going to the same facility. He is my benchmark in this game: http://www.darrenheath.com/


I love Darren's work.



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2634
Country: United Kingdom

mikegeng wrote:
BTW, I am guessing Glenn and Jo know how to shoot through fencing. Preset your focus with a long lens and the fence will essentially disappear when panning. Since we shoot many venues with preselected photo holes, we are always looking for different shots by thinking "outside the hole" and use this a good bit. Some of the best perspectives are from the "cheap seats" as I call them.


Mike,

Most of my thru the fence shooting is of a/c on the move, and I predominantly use back button focus. How would your technique help me with this?

Mark



stevezzzz
Registered: Aug 01, 2010
Total Posts: 4071
Country: United States

gerov wrote:
Zim,
stunning landscape shots. For that first one, I'd just want to pull up a chair and sit for a few hours and enjoy the changing light and clouds.

As for the other two, all I could think of was how many trout there might be in the river there and how much fun it would be to stand there waist deep for a few days admiring the beautiful landscape.

need to get my backside out west...

Gero


Thank you, Jim, Jay and Gerov. The good news about the first one is that I shot it while having a late lunch at a restaurant. In warmer weather you can sit on the edge of the patio drinking margaritas and dipping house-made tortilla chips in guacamole made right at your table, all while enjoying this view. Not too shabby.

I can vouch for the fact that there were dozens of fly-fishermen scattered up and down the ten miles or so of the Rio Grande where the road is close enough to see the water. It's moderately odd that there were none in view at this spot.





Glenn Watson
Registered: Nov 13, 2007
Total Posts: 3790
Country: United States

Are the credentials at COTA granted by the event using the track, or by the track itself? ie, would ALMS credentials be easier to come by than F1 for example?


That darren heath is great! Never seen so many blurry panning shots look so cool.

Just returned from an impromptu family flight to Burnet TX for some BBQ and Pecan cobbler. Let the thanksgiving eating begin early this year!

Glenn



MMcGrath
Registered: Apr 15, 2006
Total Posts: 2634
Country: United Kingdom

Glenn,

You would probably need to contact the media office at COTA to see if they deal with processing credentials or if it's done by the event media team.

Mark



Jan-Arie
Registered: Dec 24, 2005
Total Posts: 4076
Country: Netherlands

Owww Glenn just Google d Pecan cobbler man o man o man that looks Delicious mmmm to bad it's midnight over here maybe I'm going to try and make it sometime



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