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#1 TrojanNemo

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 05:19 PM

So even though I've lived in South Florida for 16 years, I've never been to the Homestead-Miami Speedway...until yesterday. Went with my parents for some bonding time, and we got rained out! Visited my sister, who lives nearby, and by 4pm it cleared out, so we went back. I managed to catch one last race, about 45 minutes worth.

I figured some of you might enjoy these as I've seen comments about NASCAR interest before. Here are my favorite 15, I uploaded some 70+ photos to my Facebook page, I can link that if there is an interest.

All the photos are organized by car number, not by my preference or even shooting order.

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#2 Mystical Potato

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 06:24 PM

Thanks for posting, I like things to do with that.. Watch F1 regularly both live and classic races


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 06:27 PM

Sexy shots you got going on there, Nemo.
The wife and I are big fans of open wheel racing.... IRL, Formula 1, Indy Lights.
We've been to the track out here at Seattle International(not for open wheel though) and Portland and hopefully one of these days we'll make it up north to Vancouver B.C. We love the road courses as opposed to the ovals.

What was your photo gear setup and what were your first impressions of the track?

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#4 TrojanNemo

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 07:00 PM

What was your photo gear setup and what were your first impressions of the track?


I was using gear that's not really meant to be used for fast action, specially the camera.

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I used a Canon 6D (which is really meant more for portrait work), with a Sigma 150-600mm lens on a monopod.
I might be going to the Daytona Sprint Shootout in October, and then I would be going with a 1Dx body (sports pro body) - that might be even better results. We'll see.

The track was nice, bigger than I thought but perhaps normal sized if you're using to watching car races. It was cool how close we could walk around the cars and check them out before the races started. I had only telephoto lenses with me so I didn't take any photos of the cars while I was checking them out.

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 09:06 PM

Are these all from the same race? I can't imagine a race type where a Volkswagen would go up against a Lamborghini.


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 09:08 PM

Yep, all from one race. I think it was more of a qualifying round, because I also noted as you did the disparity in cars there. But I don't know enough about this. I just went to take photos of cool cars :haw:



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Posted September 11, 2016 - 09:21 PM

Are there spectator-uploaded photos on the speedway's website or Facebook page? I'm sure they'd really enjoy these photos.


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Posted September 11, 2016 - 09:50 PM

Gotta look into it. Brief look earlier didn't seem to have them. I tagged them in the photos but they haven't commented or reached out.



#9 TheSheepQueen

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Posted September 11, 2016 - 10:06 PM

While I'm more into F1 races, I still gotta say you did an amazing work on these shots! To be honest, they look like screenshots from the next Gran Turismo game.



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Posted September 11, 2016 - 11:14 PM

Funny you should say that...

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Posted September 12, 2016 - 12:33 AM

Speaking of Forza 6, should you manage to get a picture of the cover car (2017 Ford GT) I'd be forever content.


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Posted September 12, 2016 - 12:35 AM

Oh trust me, I would love to see a Ford GT in person. Only seen the older models down here, rarely, and never in a situation where I can photograph it well.

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Posted September 12, 2016 - 12:39 AM

I'm actually kinda surprised. I've noticed in the coastal states (particularly Florida and California) you see those kinda of cars all the time. Here in Colorado it's mostly Subaru Outbacks and Ford F-150s. I did actually see a DeLorean once but sadly it was on a backroad highway and I couldn't snap a picture of it...


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Posted September 12, 2016 - 01:12 AM

You're right, there's tons of supercars here. I see Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Aston Martin (some of them), Bugatti, Tesla, Porsche, Range Rover, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maybach, Lotus, Nissan R35 (Skyline) and the more exotic BMWs (including the i8) regularly. But Ford GT, Porsche GT, NSX, Supra, Viper are rare. I may have seen a Noble on the streets once, maybe. I keep an eye out for exotic cars I can't afford :-p So I'll let you know when I see a 2017 Ford GT.

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Posted September 12, 2016 - 01:28 AM

Interesting. I see Supras here frequently. Usually the ones "upgraded" by teens/early 20-somethings. You know, no real upgrades. Just a bass-heavy sound system, clear taillights, loudness-enhancing tailpipe, stock spoiler. Bumper/window stickers from various aftermarket parts manufacturers. The poor Integras are subjected to it too.

 

I've actually been seeing more Ferraris recently. There was one that looked like a discount LaFerrari but I'm not too in-depth on Ferrari's models. Did see a mid-2000s Ford GT once. If I can find a GT40 with the yellow with black stripes paint job, I'll be very happy.


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Posted September 12, 2016 - 03:24 AM

I was using gear that's not really meant to be used for fast action, specially the camera.

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I used a Canon 6D (which is really meant more for portrait work), with a Sigma 150-600mm lens on a monopod.
I might be going to the Daytona Sprint Shootout in October, and then I would be going with a 1Dx body (sports pro body) - that might be even better results. We'll see.

The track was nice, bigger than I thought but perhaps normal sized if you're using to watching car races. It was cool how close we could walk around the cars and check them out before the races started. I had only telephoto lenses with me so I didn't take any photos of the cars while I was checking them out.

 
Sorry I'm late getting back to the thread....damn inconsiderate Seahawk fans....they start into a conversation, then just rudely leave when a game starts....  :P 
 
For not having the gear you would have preferred for these type of shots, I think they came out really, really good. 

It can be tricky to get good shots when these bad boys get up to speed.
If you do get the opportunity to do the Shootout, those pics will be pretty interesting to see as well.

 

Yeah, wandering around the paddock area is a cool thing....getting up close to the cars and B.S.ing with crews and drivers is a blast.  We came close to rubbing shoulders with Mario Andretti (literally,we were walking one way and he was walking the other way and it was so crowded and packed at that event.

I even had a brief 30 second conversation with Walter Payton in the late 90's (several years after he retired from the NFL).  Idiot me, I didn't even realize who I was talking to (I kept thinking to myself, I know this man from somewhere, but don't know how) I was thinking 'Racing' not 'Football' (if he was at least wearing a Bears hat or something, I would have made the connection) and it wasn't until later that I discovered that Payton was partner/owner at Payton-Coyne Racing. I didn't know that the 'Payton' in Payton-Coyne was in fact, the late, great Walter Payton or that he even liked motorsports.
 
God, I'm such a dumb-ass sometimes.  Ok....that was one (of many) of my life experience 'minor fails'. Anyone done anything similar they'd care to share, so I wont feel so stupid? :shobon:  LOL
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Posted September 12, 2016 - 05:40 PM

Great pics, great track,great bonding time, hopefully youll go back and bond at the nascar race and get some pics. All the best to you and yours

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Posted May 16, 2017 - 06:57 PM

Here to revive a dead topic. Have you taken any awesome car photos recently TrojanNemo? Or any cool photos in general you wanna share with us? :D


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 09:34 PM

Sure. I haven't stopped shooting - although I'm hoping to stop soon. I just haven't kept up with blog posts.
But you can see my FB page at https://www.facebook...gonPhotography/
and more racing photos can be found at https://www.facebook...805130693146943

At the last race event (I'm on the left):
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And with some friends I regularly go shoot with (I'm in the middle):
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Instagram accounts, even though I'm slowly posting less and less to them:
https://www.instagram.com/trojannemo/
https://www.instagra...m/aragon_photo/




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