Last drag racing photo for a bit. This is a beautiful souped up Chevy Camaro doing a smokey burnout in the “water box” staging area at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. They do this burnout to warm up the tires and make them good and sticky before each run so the car will launch quicker. The guy in the back will spray water onto the ground, and the driver will pull the rear tires onto the water, hold the front breaks, then rev the engine to spin the tires. The friction warms up the tires and send out a big billowing cloud of smoke. From here the driver pulls to the start line, stages with the other driver, then when the starting tree signals green, the race is on!
Back to my drag racing photos. Once again these are from my session at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma and feature a Chevy Nova with big tires and a hot rod engine. The car is doing a burnout in the “water box” to warm up the tires for the upcoming run. This photo proves that racers will hop up ANYTHING to make it go fast – notice the pickup truck in the background. Once again this was shot on my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera.
Finally I have some people in my 4×5 photos! I much prefer photographing people over anything else, but for much of my 4×5 work I end up shooting objects instead. Partially that is because objects are far more patient than people and they will stand still for me to set up my view camera. This time I was on a photowalk with some of my fellow Oklahoma Film Photographers and set up my Toyo VX-125 film camera to capture this photo of part of our group in front of the Flaming Lips building in downtown Oklahoma City. I shot this with a Rodenstock 135mm F5.6 lens. I set up the shot then had a passerby trip the shutter after I ran to get in the photo.
Now for a change of pace. Last week I went to an Oklahoma Film Photographers meeting and afterwards several of us walked around downtown Oklahoma City looking for something to photograph. I normally don’t do photowalks and prefer to tell stories with my photos, but I wanted to just capture something nearby with my Toyo VX-125 film camera and this Jeep Cherokee grabbed my eye. I have always liked the looks of this SUV and especially like the sleek headlights. I set up quickly and just grabbed this photo without a lot of planning or fussing. Later I noticed I should have backed off a bit and got more of the SUV in the frame, but what the heck. This was not for a client and was just a quick grab shot. I had not used my 4×5 in a few weeks so this photo was me just getting back in the swing of using the camera.
More drag racing – again with alcohol rail drag cars at Thunder Valley Raceway. This car has the big engine air scoop, but doesn’t have the rear wing on the back. Not sure why all the others have it and this one doesn’t. This car was going against a slower car in a bracket race, so the slower car launched first as you can see in the left lane. This rail dragster just got the green light and was launching as I snapped the picture – notice the wrinkled rear tire. The race director is at the left of the photo and he is the one that launches the cars once they are properly staged.