Friday, July 23, 2010

~The Brickyard 400~

It's that time of year year again when the roar of the engines of the NASCAR sprint cup converge on Speedway, Indiana for the running of the Brickyard 400!  This race has been held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1994 and is the highest attended NASCAR event of their season.

I combed my archives for an image to feature in honor of the race.  This image of Steve Park's Pennzoil pit crew was made at the 1998 race.  We had amazing seats above and across from the pits where we saw all the action on and off the track.  During a regular pit stop of the Pennzoil Team, I wanted to capture the speed at which the crew was able to fuel up and change all four tires.  I slowed my shutter speed to blur the frantic activity of the crew members.  Blurring their motion adds a feel of their urgency to get the job done fast.  I also like the irony showing a static race car and moving people. (shouldn't it be the other way around???) This image was made on slide film so I am unable to share the technical data.  (Oh, how accustomed to metadata we have become!)

(Canon EOS 1-V, Canon 75-300mm IS lens, Fuji Provia 100,
settings unknown)

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  1. Nice idea, Wendy. It is funny that it should be the other way around, fast-moving cars, not people! But that's what makes the image work. I used to attend the Indy 500, way way back, probably saw about 6 of them in the mid to late 70s. Never knew about the Brickyard 400 though!

  2. Thanks, Brenda! Sounds like you are overdue to come see another Indy 500...bring your camera. The people watching is great at the track, too!