NASCAR help? Thoughts?

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  1. Canon Fan

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    OK so the word is finally out! It is my wife's birthday today, and, for a gift I am securing Pit and Paddock/Infeild, all access passes to the Nextel/Busch series SBC 250 race in Milwaukee, WI for the 25th of June. She is a HUGE nascar fan and I know it will be greatly appreciated. We both know this is also a HUGE photo op for either of us. She dabbles a bit in photo but not much since high-school photo 101. Basically I am looking for any advice on what to look for, what to shoot, or what to ask for (from anyone willing to co-operate with us on race day). I have a REALLY good idea of what I want but am looking to cover the bases on the things I may not have thought about.

    A little background on the event day. . .


    8:00am Infield Gates open to spectators
    10:00am - 11:00am NBS BUSCH PRACTICE
    11:30am - 12:30pm NBS FINAL BUSCH PRACTICE
    5:05pm NBS QUALIFYING (TWO LAPS, ALL POSITIONS)
    7:00pm NBS GRID STARTING LINE-UP (on pit road)
    7:35pm NBS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS - SECURITY CLEARS PIT ROAD
    8:05pm NBS SBC 250 (250 LAPS, 250 MILES)


    Here is the equip we WILL have on hand . . .

    Bodies . . .
    Canon EOS 10D
    Canon Digital Rebel
    Canon Rebel Ti (film)
    Canon EOS 2000 (film)
    Canon AE-1 (film)
    Argoflex 6x6 (film - what the hell? can't hurt!)
    Glass . . .
    Canon 28-80mm f/3.5-4.5 EF II
    Canon 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 EF II
    Canon 50mm f/1.8 EF MkII
    Canon FD 50mm f/1.8
    Tamron 80-300 f/4.5-5.6 Macro
    Tokina FD 80-200mm f/4 Macro
    Sigma 24-70mm f/3.5-5.6 HF AS
    Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG-DF AS
    Flash . . . (not that we will get that close!)
    Canon 550EX
    Quataray PZ1-DSZ
    Accessory Material . . .
    Screw-on wide angle adapter .42x
    Cokin P series: NDx2
    NDx4
    Grad ND x2
    C-PL (52, 55, 62mm) Sigma 24-70mm and all Canon Glass

    Any thoughts on ANYTHING!?

    I know there are at least one or two action shooters amongst us here so c'mon and help me/us out! We need film and angle suggestions more than anything!

    HELP! :mrgreen:
     
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    Crap... That's a heavy bag...



    Let me help you with it?
     
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    if Brandon can't make it , I am sure i can see my way clear to coem and help carry that bag.

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    Well, if you are looking for ideas of what to shoot, I'll pass on a list of things I'd like to see ya post when you get back. :D

    Panning shots of cars in the turns.
    Crew working on the car on pit road.
    Atleast one of the view down pit road.(with and/or without the cars)
    A good burn out.
    If you are lucky enough, a wreck.

    Be ready at all times!! The cars and action are quick and unpredictable. The colours are very bright(on the cars) and a lot of fluorescent and supersaturated paint jobs to capture.

    I took in an IRL race in Brooklyn MI last summer. I was still very new to photography and with my new camera was not happy with many pics. Many pics were taken with to fast of a shutter and did not get good motion shots.(I wish I had pit passes)

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    Toyotas first Truck Series win
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    If all works out, we will go again this year, better prepared for pics.

    I for one, am looking forward to seeing your shots. Best of luck with the cameras and enjoy the race.
     
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    Actually believe it or not but most of this stuff will fit in only two backpack bags! Some stuff will live in the truck half the day and we will just switch things out occassionally.

    Can't wait to get there. Mainly I'm looking for some pre-advice on shutter speeds for the pans. Daytime I am guessing at full race speed 1/250 should be more than enough and nightime won't be a problem at all because subdued lighting will most definately keep me under that (just a guess though since I haven't shot this type of speed before).

    I will definately post up some results either way when we get back ;)
     

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