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Some more shots from Lebanon Valley

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Awe. I'm in awe of these beasts. Nice captures.
 
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H.H. stands for hand held.


Ah, now I get it!

Yes, all of my drag strip shots are hand held.

I also discovered that many were taken with the VR mistakenly turned off, too. But I can't remember if these two were among them.
 

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One of the things taught in a class I took was panning. It can be very difficult until practiced. Seems you have practiced quite a bit. Nice job!
 
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One of the things taught in a class I took was panning. It can be very difficult until practiced. Seems you have practiced quite a bit. Nice job!


Thanks!

I've been a fan of and involved in drag racing since I was a kid. So that has made me very familiar with how things go down and I know what to look for.

One thing I do is to keep both eyes open and I watch the tree (starting lights) with my left so I can anticipate when the cars will launch. I also try to focus my attention to a specific point on the car - like where the A pillar meets the door - and keep that at the same point in the frame as the car moves.

Like many other types of photography, being prepared is important. I pick which car I want to shoot and brace my leg against the bleacher seat in front of me before the cars are staged. I may make a couple of practice rotations to make sure I'm steady and can follow the action for as long as I need to get the shot I want.

Although it didn't work out in the shot of the Super Sport, I had positioned myself so I could catch the cars as they passed under the NHRA banner like in this one:

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