Alan Kiecker, QPSA  

Giancarlo Fisichella, USGP 2007 by Alan Kiecker, QPSA

November 2020 - Giancarlo Fisichella, USGP 2007

About the Image(s)

My camera club’s topic for November is “Speed”. What should I enter? I haven’t been out shooting away from home nearly all year, hardly nothing that would qualify as depicting “speed”. In fact I haven’t done any of that kind of work for several years. It is time to dig through my Lightroom catalog and see what I have. Several years ago (many years ago?) I did a lot of auto racing photography, particularly Formula 1 when the USGP was held in Indianapolis. This photo from 2007 is one of the photos that I chose to enter. The reason that I chose this photo is first the car and driver are tack sharp, yet the wheels of the car are blurred clearly indicating that the car moving, and moving rather quickly. This is done by choosing a rather slow shutter speed and panning with the car. Too fast of a shutter speed and you don’t have the blurred wheels; the car looks like it is just parked on the racetrack. It will be interesting to see if the judge agrees that this photos depicts “Speed”.

Technical: Nikon D2h, 500mm f/4 lens, 1/125 sec @ f/10, ISO200

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
I like this shot a lot and in my opinion it undeniably
portrays speed. Anyone who's seen a F1 race know these cars are very fast. The directional blurring in the background and in the racetrack foreground caused by panning clearly indicates speed as do the rotating wheels of the car.
The image also has nice coloring and accurate exposure. I think it will be a great competition entry.   Posted: 11/10/2020 20:29:04
Alan Kiecker   Alan Kiecker
Thanks for the nice comments. It did well last night - 15pts from a very tough judge :-)   Posted: 11/20/2020 14:30:43
Graham Fisher   Graham Fisher
Congrats Alan very well deserved. Panning at just the right speed is not easy.   Posted: 11/20/2020 23:04:48

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
I love the panning---you did it well--something I rarely see.

While I love the shot, would you consider cropping off the black band at the top of the frame? I think it would just clean up the frame a bit.   Posted: 11/23/2020 19:01:43

Fred Doerfler   Fred Doerfler
This is an awesome shot. I see the motion, the helmet is in focus, and the exposure is perfect. Wonderful image in my eyes. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/29/2020 06:57:24