I made a trip up to Tucson Speedway for their open practice, it was nice to reconnect with old friends and meet some new faces I hadn’t before. There wasn’t many cars that showed up, only about 5 or 6 but there sure were a lot of interested people who came to watch and see the progress that had been made on the renovations. The vibe was very positive, everyone was looking forward to the season opener on April 6th. Pre Season Practice sessions are always a good idea for competitors to bring their machines to the track and have them go through tech so there are no surprises opening night.
As a Freelance Photographer shooting motorsports I think it’s important to shoot the practice sessions if you have time and the opportunity, people are relaxed, talkative and not under the Saturday rush or stress that comes with race night most times. This is a real good time to experiment with camera settings or shooting locations that you may not otherwise try on raceday that you have been thinking about. It’s also a good idea to talk to the drivers, team members and family and get a fee of what their expectations are from images they may want to buy down the road. Knowing your customers is very important in any business and even if they aren’t likely to buy prints, it’s still a good idea for them to know who you are.
This was the tracks first real open practice session since the renovations to the racing surface, structures on the property will still undergoing upgrades and remodels and everyone that took to the track was relieved the two fist sized cracks that plagued the place when it was Tucson raceway Park. The surface is once again smooth and fast as always and there were a lot of eyes on the wear and tear of the new sealer that was applied. Opening night was still 5 weeks away and people were starting to buzz again, it was cool!
Utilizing Adobe Photoshop CS5 and manipulating the next two images and making the 3rd below was a project I worked on for a friend and sister of Jeff Bennet looking to surprise him for his birthday. I wanted a clean look and feel with minimal to no graphics to what is known as a “Hero Card’ or “Autograph Card” that drivers have printed off and hand out to fans at the track. They ordered several prints in numerous sizes along with a 22 gauge print that is heat infused onto aluminum and is a beautiful way to display prints and a lessor expensive way of displaying images instead of frame, matting and glass.
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