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Fun at the races

We rode our bikes to the last day of qualifying at the NHRA Mile High Nationals last weekend. Motorcycles get preferred up front parking. I thought it would be a good opportunity to take some pictures and enjoy the rush of drag racing, up close and personal. There is nothing like the power of top fuel and funny cars.

We had great seats right down on the strip and I was able to get quite a few pictures. Packing for the bike, I carried only one lens, a 28-300mm zoom lens.

Here are a couple of shots of Tony 'The Sarge' Schumacher piloting the US Army dragster, in a qualifying round against Melanie Troxel in the VVA POW/MIA dragster. The track temperature was about 130 degrees, so the traction was limited. Melanie had just lost traction and had to pedal a little. You can see the smoke from her tires and the raw fuel and a little oil from her pipes in the first image and the fireball as she gets back in the throttle in the second image. On the other side you can make out the flames from Tony's car and the wrinkles in his tires from being under steady power. If you look behind his car you can even see the heat waves in the Jesel and Lincoln Welders signs. If you click on the images you can view larger versions.






These images were cropped from the originals, re-sized and compressed for the web. I will show the entire sequence of 22 frames in a second post.

Here is the EXIF data for those who are interested. The exposure was automatic with aperture priority. It is interesting to note the shutter speed differences between the two images. Despite the time stamp being the same the two images were about 1/10 second apart. The timestamp is generated at the beginning of a burst and doesn't update until the shutter button is released.

1st image:
File size: 14.5MB
Camera Model: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Date/Time: 2007:07:14 14:47:22
Shutter speed: 1/4000 sec
Aperture: 8
Exposure mode: Av
Flash: Off
Metering mode: Evaluative
Drive mode: Continuous (high): frame 1
ISO: 1600
Lens: EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
Focal length: 28mm
AF mode: AI Servo AF
Image size: 3888 x 2592
Image quality: Raw

2nd image:
Shutter speed: 1/5000 sec
All other settings were the same.


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The whole sequence

If you are interested, here is the whole sequence. I did crop, re-size and compress them. It is a 22 frame burst at 10 frames per second.













































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Great shots, Randy. I have been a huge NHRA dragracing fan since my teen years, and you're right, there is nothing like it... you truely have to experience it firsthand to comprehend how quick and powerful these cars are.

It's not the speed that kills, it's the rate at which the speed diminishes...
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Did you get a new camera body? I thought you had a 5D?
Yes, I did. The Mark III replaced my Mark II N. I sold my 5D last week. I took the 1Ds Mark II and the 5D on my trip to Alaska, but I found I really like the weather sealing, focus and metering on the 1D series enough that I really didn't use the 5D. The 5D had the lowest high ISO noise of any camera I have ever used, until I got the MarkIII. It goes to ISO 6400 and has close to a full stop less noise than the 5D.


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It occurs to me that I used the 5D at Red River. I seem to remember a little bird that gave its life when entering your GT's air space. I got these shots of you and your road kill snack they were kind enough to prepare for you.







I forgot to ask you how it was.


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I forgot to ask you how it was.
It tasted like chicken

Pic of the li'l feller before he was served:

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It tasted like chicken

Pic of the li'l feller before he was served:
This fella managed to keep my top speed to 129 that day, and in 5th gear, to boot.

Air intake restrictor. Flopped out a bit when I finally stopped and had it pointed out to me. Didn't think to measure the HP, may have made it legal for France

Yes, that's his other leg just to the side of the foglamp. Kinda got streteched, I think.



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Your bird wins on artistic merit. I like the way the feathers are splayed out everywhere!

Mine was referred to as the anti-bird.

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Anti-bird...good call.



Speaking of artisitc merit...and this topic is "Fun at the Races", right?

Ok, Laguna Seca this past weekend. Have to sort through some, and a Canon SD300 isn't on par with the some of the equipment used here (disclaimer for photographer faux pas), but it really packs really well.
This young lady was by far the most "engaging" umbrella girl at the track. All the rest were just there for the pose factor, and therefore, deleted from camera memory (and hopefully from mine, too).

Oh, that guy staring off on the right? He was the previous "poser" with her. He just don't got the mojo...



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