Not looking Good.
Testing one, two, three,,,,,,, four?
I love playing with concepts that work one place, but not where I want them to. Case in point I was sucked in by an application that makes animated GIF’s out of movies, image sequences, what ever. I had this great idea about embedding the animated GIF’s in my Speed Vision of MD Face book page as the header image. Remember what is said about “great ideas”, they are exactly that until put into practice. In this case my “Great Idea” wasn’t FaceBook’s, they won’t play. Matter of fact they won’t play for me in anything but email. But as one who is reluctant to accept defeat of a “Great Idea”, it thought…. Hmmm, wonder if they would work in the Blog. So here goes nothing. << Update 10 minutes later… the GIF doesn’t work on the SVOMD Blogger page or on the SVOMD blog page. But how about that! It does work imbedded in a webpage. Small steps Ellie, small steps.
Well so much for video GIFs Lets try some still image. GIFs…
4 up 4 Down... It's a wrap.
Two year in the making, 4 weeks and it over. Yep, i’m talking about Baltimore County Trail Riders Association’s Gary Nixon Memorial Flat Track Races at the Timonium Fairgrounds, 2014 edition. Sure one of the races was rain shortened, but the remaining three were blessed with almost perfect weather. Race 4 was also the last time the Timonium outdoor races were held on a dirt surface, as next year’s races will be held on a gravel track. And once again I was joined by photographer extrañar, Kirsten Messmer, which is always a treat. And once again I came armed with a car-load of junk to support new shot ideas.
Like the “PoleShot’
And a second flash placed externally off-axis
The racing was great, I can’t see how anyone was not affected by #95s Ryan Henderson performance during the break. That young man has more movitation in his shoe then I have in my entire body,
Got to bail right now… The basement clean up/out is calling me. “Hey Big Boy, back to WORK!”
2 out of 3 ain't bad.
Hard to believe 3 out of the 4 Baltimore County Trail Riders Gary Nixon Memorial Flat Track races at the Timonium Fair Grounds are already in the record books. Recapping the first two races where blessed with perfect weather. Clear and dry, cooler temps. While the 2nd race on 07252014 might have proven to be a bit dustier then the first, but who’s complaining? Of course last weeks race was rain shortened and heats counted.
Lets get a bit more granular,
7/18/2014: For starters I was joined by noted outdoor photographer Dr. Kirsten Messmer http://www.kmphotographypursuit.com/f723463817 who made the trip up to Timonium from DC just to do something she never had done before, which of course was to shoot motorcycle flat track racing. I think she had a “wonderba” time even thought it proved maybe a bit more strenuous than she had anticipated. I had a great time doing what I really love to do.
07252014: Perfect weather yet again with maybe just a bit of dust later in the day, Among the highlights was the long anticipated return of “The Dude” #13 Michael Webber and the intense duel between the big Triumphs in the Vintage Twins Feature between #99 Joey Alexander & #30s Jason Isennock
08012014: Rain was always a threat, but we did see some great heat racing and maybe what was one of the most unique flat track racers I seen… ever. #85 a 1964 Honda 150cc “Dream” ridden by “Duff” while not the fastest bike in the class if gumption was awarded he would have taken #1 spot. In the end the rain won out even though there was a massive volunteer effort to clean up the track for the features races.
Long live the Fritchie! How-bout some flattrack Timonium style
Well…. image processing from the 92nd running to the Barbara Fritchie Classic is finally done. Had a ball shot and processed a lot of good images, but that was weekend before last, time to move on.
This Friday night (July 18th) the Baltimore Country Trail Riders’ Timonium Short Track Series finally return after a 1 year hiatus. Always good for a bucket full of images I love it, when the sun’s out, hate it when the sun goes down and I have to rely on fast lenses, and faster ISO’s to get the shots I like. Might even be the initial nighttime appearance of the “PedderWinkle” Have to see. But it will be good to see the local riders rejoin the forays locally (for me).
Inside the shot: "To Fast for this frame"
As I mentioned earlier I like to shoot with a relativity shutter and pan for optimum motion blur At a track like Frederick with higher speeds and longer sight distances this can be a challenge. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, but sometime is does. The Canon 5DMIII tracked focus perfectly and provided some really cool motion blur from the mirrors of a large group of street bikes parked over the fence. At this juncture, dust was not an issue. More on that later.
A day at the Fritchie. A retrospect.
The 92 running of the Barbara Fritchie Classic 070414: Perfect Weather, Fantastic day of racing, Old friends and New. Dust, clouds of dust.
Lucky for us Arthur was a no show even though one could see the outer cloud wall in the South-South East 250 miles away, Seeing it’s size even at that distance was pretty impressive. But I digress slightly. In the past the Fritchie was always HOT, but not this year, cooler temps assured the only heat was on the racing on track track. From my perspective the racing looked to be very intense, Green to Checker. Steve Nace and his All-Star National Flat Track Series and Richard Riley of Fredericktown Yamaha, the staff and volunteers for making this event happen.
Local Riders were out in force
As were some of the National Pro AMA riders warming up for the Hagerstown event.
Glad I got to see #18 Josee Stedding win her Seniors 40+ heat. Her happiness was hard to hide
The battle between #15 Cameron Smith and #92 Brandon Price during their 450 Amateur heat was as intense as i ever seen. Cameron won the heat, but Brandon won the feature.
That about all for now as I’m only just into the opening ceremonies, I’ll be back so we can talk about the dust.
Smile it's our Birthday!
On the Eve of the Fritchie,
July 4th 2014, a big celebration for the anniversary of American Freedom and the almost as old Barbara Fritchie Classic. Since 1922 providing the Frederick Md area with world class MC racing. Now promoted by Steve Nace and an event on The All-Star National Flat Track Series. Don’t know about you but I can’t wait.
Inside the shot. VW RallyCross DC
I titled this shot “No time to Blink”, blink and you’ll miss the shot is more like it. I had pre thought this shot before the start of the race. I used my 70-200mm with a 2x extender instead of the 100-400mm because I could stick the 70-200mm lens shade through the safety fence and get a clear head on shot of the cars. While this position offered the potential for great shots, it had some major drawback as this is the gravel section of the track, high speed gravel was sprayed directly at the camera lens each lap which drove most of the media photogs away. Not wanting to miss a head on shot I knew I could get at least three frames before the gravel forced me to turn away and the ensuing dust took over covering everything. The plan worked, here is the lead car dust free on lap one of the main event.
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