There are several compositions at Circuit of the Americas that I love but which are only possible if you have trackside access. Yesterday’s picture is an example of one that you see very frequently. This image, though, is one that I’ve not seen quite as often but which I also love. I shot this from the inside of the track at Turn 6, looking back through the stripes in the S-curve section.
Using a ridiculously long lens (the wonderful Olympus 100-400mm with a 1.4x teleconverter zoomed in to give me an effective 1000mm focal length), you get great compression of the stripes and, if you’re lucky and the air isn’t too hot and churned up, you may even get the car sharp. Shooting a long lens through a lot of air heated by passing exhausts makes getting a sharp image touch-and-go but, in this case, driver Bakir was not in traffic and had reasonably clear air in front of him giving a decently sharp result.
For the technically inclined...
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