Day 156 – They’re Racing in Havana!

June 4, 2012 in 2012, 365 Project, 366 Project, 70-300mm VR, Blog, Car, D7000, Go Picturin, June, Kyle Dyson, Nikon, Photoshop, Technique

I was raised around Fords but I grew up with an appreciation for cars of any make. I can remember taking family vacations to Florida in the summers and my dad and I would take a side trip to Ft. Lauderdale to visit the car dealers. We weren’t shopping for anything other than memories and we never came home empty. There were entire dealerships dedicated to cars that central Illinois wouldn’t even have a single version of on any car lots in the area.









My dad has recently started going to drag races, helping his friend run his car. He grew up spending a lot of time at the tracks doing a lot of the same stuff and it’s fun to see him enjoying himself and turning wrenches on his own car he’s restoring – a Ford Mustang, of course.

They were racing in Havana this weekend, and my wife and I took our son to go watch the races and hang out at the track. We couldn’t have picked a better day to go with respect to the weather. It wasn’t hot and wasn’t cold. It wasn’t windy and it wasn’t raining. It was great.

Though the racing didn’t turn out with the results we had hoped for, both cars we were rooting for made it a few rounds and we had a great time and of course I took quite a few pictures. This is one of my favorites as both cars lifted the front end on the green light.

I edited to remove the color from everything but the cars to isolate them from the crowd. Not having a press pass leaves the average guy shooting from on top of the bleachers to avoid the chain linked fencing, and the crowd was distracting to me in this image. I don’t do a lot of editing to my shots and even less often do I do something obvious like this but I thought it helped the image this time.

Picture taken with a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 70-300mm lens.

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