Drag Racing Pics

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  1. ahuguley

    ahuguley TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone. :) Any feedback / criticism would be greatly appreciated. I'm still learning. :D

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  2. MDowdey

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    hey dude, welcome to the forums!!!!


    my first question would be whats your camera?

    the pictures are very sharp and clear. I like the sense of motion on the back tires. Being a driver myself, it would be very hard to convey the sense of power unless you were there. i think you did a great job though.
    I think the one with the guy spraying down lane #2 is a bit busy, but you really cant compose a shot, so thats just being picky!!


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  3. vonnagy

    vonnagy have kiwi, will travel...

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    nice shots mate! good colour and sharp!

    yeah what cam are you using? do remember the fstop and shutterspeed?
     
  4. ahuguley

    ahuguley TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the comments. :)

    I'm using an Olympus C-5050 - 2560 x 1920 resolution. Right now, I'm sticking to a couple of different "modes" - rather than going full manual. I believe the fstop was at 2.0. The shutterspeed was determined automatically on the fly so I'm unsure about it.

    Heh, I have a problem right now with my pics from the track being very busy. I'm constantly trying to learn new methods of shooting the cars so this is something that I'm hoping I can correct...eventually.
     
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    Very nice, great detail and color.
    My favorite is the first followed by the last then the second.
     
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    nice shots, all of them. i really like all the color and they are very sharp.

    keep up the good work !
     
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    nice and crisp
     
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    Drag racing rocks!!!
    soon as i can afford it i'm getting meself a buggy, smacking a turbo on it and joining the VWDRC :D :D
     
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    FYI....

    One Top Fuel dragster 500 cubic inch Hemi engine makes more horsepower than the first 4 rows at the Daytona 500.
    Under full throttle, a dragster engine consumes 1-1/2 gallons of nitro methane per second; a fully loaded 747 consumes jet fuel at the same rate with 25% less energy being produced.
    A stock Dodge Hemi V8 engine cannot produce enough power to drive the dragster supercharger.
    With 3000 CFM of air being rammed in by the supercharger on overdrive, the fuel mixture is compressed into a near-solid form before ignition. Cylinders run on the verge of hydraulic lock at full throttle.
    At the stoichiometric (stoichiometry: methodology and technology by which quantities of reactants and products in chemical reactions are determined) 1.7:1 air/fuel mixture for nitro methane the flame front temperature measures 7050 degrees F.
    Nitro methane burns yellow. The spectacular white flame seen above the stacks at night is raw burning hydrogen, dissociated from atmospheric water vapor by the searing exhaust gases.
    Dual magnetos supply 44 amps to each spark plug. This is the output of an arc welder in each cylinder.

    Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After 1/2 way, the engine is dieseling from compression plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting the fuel flow.
    If spark momentarily fails early in the run, unburned nitro builds up in the affected cylinders and then explodes with sufficient force to blow cylinder heads off the block in pieces or split the block in half.
    In order to exceed 300 mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate an average of over 4G's. In order to reach 200 mph well before half-track, the launch acceleration approaches 8G's.
    Dragsters reach over 300 miles per hour before you have completed reading this sentence.
    Top Fuel Engines turn approximately 540 revolutions from light to light!
    Including the burnout the engine must only survive 900 revolutions under load.
    The redline is actually quite high at 9500rpm.

    The Bottom Line; Assuming all the equipment is paid off, the crew worked for free, and for once NOTHING BLOWS UP, each run costs an estimated $1,000.00 per second.
    The current Top Fuel dragster elapsed time record is 4.441 seconds for the quarter mile (10/05/03, Tony Schumacher). The top speed record is 333.00 mph. (533 km/h) as measured over the last 66' of the run (09/28/03 Doug Kalitta).

    Putting all of this into perspective: You are driving the average $140,000 Lingenfelter "twin-turbo" powered Corvette Z06. Over a mile up the road, a Top Fuel dragster is staged and ready to launch down a quarter mile strip as you pass. You have the advantage of a flying start. You run the 'Vette hard up through the gears and blast across the starting line and past the dragster at an honest 200 mph.
    The 'tree' goes green for both of you at that moment. The dragster launches and starts after you. You keep your foot down hard, but you hear an incredibly brutal whine that sears your eardrums and within 3 seconds the dragster catches and passes you. He beats you to the finish line, a quarter mile away from where you just passed him.
    Think about it, from a standing start, the dragster had spotted you 200 mph and not only caught, but nearly blasted you off the road when he passed you within a mere 1320 foot long race course.
     
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    really well done! congrats! :)



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  12. ahuguley

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    Very interesting read captain-spanky. :D

    A few times every year, some blower cars will come make a few passes at the local track. It was only a year or two ago that I really got into drag racing. The first time I witnessed a blower car - I was shocked to say the least. That whining sound from a supercharger is something that stays with you. ;) So much power...
     

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