Week 45 – Stockcars, Fireworks – Spectacular!


5 – 11 Nov ’11

Another annual event, the Fireworks Spectacular at the Speedway

Low light, fast moving vehicles, dust, wires, people.  Not any easy situation.  I’d love chance to take my camera ‘in field’.

Moving targets 

The stock car racing is alway fun to watch.  It’s a shame about the wires, but they’re there for our safety.

Stockcars Palmerston North

Speedway

F-stop                  f/6.3
Exposure time     1/160sec
ISO Speed           ISO-640

Lots of chances to practice my panning technique while cars whizzed around the track.

Speedway Palmerston North

Crashes always add to the excitement

F-stop                  f/6.3
Exposure time     1/160sec
ISO Speed           ISO-640

Right in front of us!  Everyone goes for the crashes – the actual racing is inconsequential.

Speedway Palmerston North

The bikes come out as the sun goes down

F-stop                  f/5.6
Exposure time     1/125sec
ISO Speed           ISO-640

 These guys are seriously insane.

Speedway Palmerston North

Standard Stocks

F-stop                  f/5.6
Exposure time     1/80sec
ISO Speed           ISO-800

 There’s nothing like the sound and smell of the speedway.

Speedway Palmerston North

Mini stocks

F-stop                  f/5.6
Exposure time     1/100sec
ISO Speed           ISO-800

 The mini stock racing is supposed to be non-contact.  Yeah, right…

And then the ramp derby…

Speedway Palmerston North

Ramp derby - smash 'em up!

F-stop                  f/5
Exposure time     1/80sec
ISO Speed           ISO-1000

Lower light and higher speed, the wires have almost disappeared.

Fireworks 

Wow, the commercial grade fireworks are so much MORE than the ones we’re allowed to buy over the counter.

Fireworks spectacular

F-stop                 f/5.6
Exposure time    1/160sec
ISO Speed          ISO-800

I was shooting hand held, pretty much click and hope.  I was happy with the shots I got.

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