Looks like I got my timing down on this alcohol rail dragster I photographed on my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. His front wheel is lifting, the light is green, and his rear tire is wrinkled up quite well as he launches from the start. When you only have one shot every 2-3 minutes, practice and timing is crucial to catch the decisive moment.
This time I am showing a Camaro funny car dragster going up against an alcohol rail dragster in the background. The Camaro is quite a bit shorter in length than the rail dragster so is further to the left in the frame. Notice the huge tires and the air scoop on the hood. This is not your normal every day ragged out Camaro. Whomever made this sunk some cash into this car.
Today we have another alcohol rail dragster shot with my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. Once again I caught a little of the tire wrinkle as the car launched from the starting line. To catch this I have learned to watch the starting tree, not car. If I watch the car launch I will be too late in the frame. These experience racers have lightning fast reflexes and learn to anticipate the light and launch quickly with sub-second reaction times.
Once again I am back on my 4x5x365 project of posting one 4×5 image per day. I haven’t been able to do post these consecutively but trying to get 365 large format images the best way I can.
Today I am posting a photo I took last fall at Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble during a Friday night “Test and Tune” session. Drag racers from the area bring their bikes and cars to the strip and basically just test all evening. Shooting a fast moving sport like drag racing using an old fashioned 4×5 camera is not all that easy. I basically set up my camera on a tripod and waited for the action to appear in front of my lens.
This is an alcohol rail dragster. These things run in the 6 second range and are seriously LOUD! Fun to watch and difficult to photograph with an old film camera, but lots of fun.
I shot this on my Toyo VRX-125 4×5 camera with a Rodenstock 135 F5.6 lens. I don’t remember the settings and I think I am shooting Alford HP5 film.
My second day of shooting 4×5 film every single day turned out MUCH better than my first day. I am not really sure why yet, because I had not developed the film from the first day yet so I didn’t know about the over-exposure problem. For day 2 we went to my son’s house for my oldest grandson’s birthday party. I shot plenty of digital during and after the party, but I also wanted to expose at least one sheet of film from the party. Kay and I, along with my daughter Emily, her husband Dirk, and my son Adam and his wife Cheri, along with their kids, all went to a park in Yukon for a kid’s function. As we unloaded from the cars, I said “let’s get a picture on my old camera right quick.” Everyone obliged. I set up the camera on my tripod and recruited a stranger to trigger the shutter.
After we were done with the photo, Emily said “another picture with everyone kissing!” OK, sounds good. I had two sheets and exposed them both with the same settings.