The Picture Coach on local TV news

No every frame I shot made it into the book. This one didn’t but I still love the picture. The trio was so into getting their photo taken (they had been working on that keg for a while) that each one took turns holding the tap and looking at the camera. I had an assistant hold a huge diffusion umbrella to shade the people making the light really soft and beautiful. Using the short telephoto lens I shot wide open to limit the depth of field. 85mm lens, 1/2000 of a second @ F1.8.

Rain in Florida caused The Daytona 500 to be postponed until Monday night and that turned out to be a great opportunity for The Picture Coach. I got a phone call from a reporter at the Washington, DC Fox affiliate asking if I would like to do an interview about my Faces of NASCAR book and to talk about the sport. In less than an hour they were set up at the studio and we were talking about Richard Petty, NASCAR and all things racing.

The semi trucks that carry a teams race cars and equipment around the county are called “Haulers” in NASCAR speak and they are really spectacular. Even after driving cross-country to this race in Fontana, CA the trucks look showroom clean. Here I found them early one morning as they wait for the track to open. I wanted as little depth of field as possible so I shot with a 300mm lens at F4.0, shutter speed was 1/2000.

 

 

Once again, the Talladega track provided me with an unusual photo. I wasn’t expecting to see fans watching a race while sitting in a blowup pool but with NASCAR you never know. I was backed up agaist a fence so I used the 14mm lens to bring in all parts of the scene. 1/1000 @ F3.5

This photo still makes me laugh. I love to walk around and take in the sights at these races. This “food wagon” was in the infield at the Talladega race. 35mm lens , F1.4 @ 1/40th

 

Wanting to capture as much of the scene as possible, plus show little bit of motion I set the camera at 1/80th a second and the 14mm lens to F10 for additional depth of field.

I shot this photo at my first weekend working on the book and its still a favorite. The day was just perfect with a beautiful blue sky along with those big clouds; they just kept calling out for something—like a huge American flag. Again it was the 35mm lens, which gave me just the perspective I was looking for. A wider lens looks slightly distorted and a longer lens tended to compress the scene too much. 1/500th @ F9.No every frame I shot made it into the book. This one didn’t but I still love the picture. The trio was so into getting their photo taken (they had been working on that keg for a while) that each one took turns holding the tap and looking at the camera. I had an assistant hold a huge diffusion umbrella to shade the people making the light really soft and beautiful. Using the short telephoto lens I shot wide open to limit the depth of field. 85mm lens, 1/2000 of a second @ F1.8.

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