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.
Lots of drag racing pictures coming up from Thunder Valley Raceway. Unfortunately with a huge 4×5 view camera it is not easy to move around and capture different angles. I often just put it on a tripod and try to capture the decisive moment. This is one of my favorites from the alcohol rail dragsters that were running that day. I really like the engine scoop. I snapped the shutter a but soon and trimmed off his rear wing. Oh well, practice.
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.
I love taking pictures at our nearby drag racing track in Noble. Sunsets are often spectacular there. I was there recently filming video for my customer Tombo Racing and as the sun dropped over the horizon, I just couldn’t resist pulling out my Nikon D3 and grabbing a few action shots. The D3 works great at these higher ISO’s and low light. This kind of photography would be almost impossible with film.
The main problem I have when shooting here is that I often forget to bring earplugs. The noise is ear splitting and I had trouble hearing a day afterward. I tucked a few extra earplugs into my camera bag for the next time I am there.
Sometimes pictures turn out better when converted to black and white. I really liked this picture but in color it just did not have the punch it should, despite having an orange car. I felt it was much more dramatic as a black and white image.