I do like drifting. But the real reason I still go to these events has little to do with the cars, or the driving. To Me, camping is the good life. Out under the stars, the sounds of wind, sweeping through the trees, the lack of sirens, which never stop at home in the city. Race tracks aren’t exactly what most people think of when You say camping, but they’re a great alternative to the many popular parks, which are often booked full, or only offer a gravel parking lot full of other people and claim it’s a camp site… Usa International Raceway has, for many years, been My go to camping track. I first pitched a tent here in 2006 and have been happy to do so at least once a year since. It’s not a secluded hike in camp, nor is there a waterfall to soothe the senses. Though it is pretty sweet waking up to wailing engines and screaming tires.
Naturally, I took the time to shoot the stars on both nights this Final Bout weekend. This after all, is what I love to do most… Don’t mind the terrible video quality, tis the way of things when You get free hosting. If You watch it on Vimeo’s site, it will look a little bit better. Just don’t expect it to be great.
I would like to point out how lucky we were, or how lucky this guy was anyways. To survive without a fiery melt down. There was once a Hyundai Genesis that went up in flames and burned til it was no more than a pile of metal at this track. Though it would’ve made great pictures to see this s14 burn, I’m happy it didn’t. Please note, the flamable liquid flowing from behind the door for the gas cap!
Though My goal for the weekend was to capture as much carnage as possible, I didn’t get any. I even missed Tim slamming his car in to the back of Fish. Which looks to have ended the life of Tim’s s13 and delt a fair amount of damage to Fish’s freshly built Boss Datsun Camaro Rocket Mustang Silvia Bunny, or whatever the hell You’d call it. And so, in the absence of destruction of whole cars, here are a few more views of tires being ravaged by horsepower and tarmac. Among other things.
September 11, 2015 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Time Lapse, Videos | Tags: 325i, 350z, action, ae86, animal style, awesome, bmw, bout, breaking, burning rubber, camping, canada, canadian, canadians, car, cars, celica, chaser, clouds, cloudy, club sandwich street team, clubfr, continent, corola, corolla, cressida, cresta, drift, drift farm, drifting, essense, event, faction motorsports, fd, final, finalbout, fun, glow, grip gambler, gts, hachi, haze, high fade, holiday, jzx, kouki, labor day, lapse, lexus, light trails, lights, m3, mark iii, mazda, middle america, midwest, moon lighter, murica, nerp, night, nissan, north america, on track, picture, pictures, pit lane, pits, proceed, race track, risky devil, rural views, rx7, s13, s14, sc300, shadynasty, shawano, shots, sky, skyline, smoke, soarer, star, stars, startrails, supra, tandem, team, team breaking, team proceed, tfworks, time, timelapse, tire, tire slayers, toyota, track, trails, urban glow, usa international raceway, usair, views, weekend, wisconsin, zenki | Leave a comment
This wasn’t My best outing on the photography end of things. I usually snap 1200, to 1800 pictures at each event. But, this time I only managed 327. Fortunately, the number of decent shots was higher than the usual 15%. Some how nearly half of the pictures I took turned out decent enough to post. Though I still need to take the time to take pictures of people, which is something I rarely ever do… I stayed up all night drinking whiskey and shooting the stars. Finally getting around to pitching My tent at 5am, proceeding to sleep for less than two hours and spending the first chunk of the day quite drunk. I think I did pretty well, all things considered. Better than Maggie anyways! Along with the 140 shots of cars, here are a few views from the night before and a video of the 3 time lapses I shot over the weekend. As usual, Vimeo’s free hosting makes video look like garbage, but Ye get what You pay for I guess. Hit the “HD” button to see it in slightly better, but still quite poor quality. No there isn’t any audio, because it’s 3am and I would rather go to sleep… I will add the handfull of clips I shot riding along with people at a later date. However, as an added bonus, here’s a picture of Pat, looking angry…
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, on with the good stuff.
July 15, 2015 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Time Lapse, Videos | Tags: 53, ameteur, andor, burning rubber, camping, cars, club sandwich, clubfr, dark squad, day, dd53, dirty love, drift, driftday, drifter, drifters, drifting, good times, grass roots, image stack, lapse, midwest, milky way, night sky, no sleep til drifting, pat looks angry, photo, photographer, photos, picture, pictures, race track, risky devil, road trip, shawano, shots, sideways, slideways, stars, starstax, street dancer, time, timelapse, tire smoke, track day, usa international raceway, usair, vid, video, view, views, wierdos, wisconsin | Leave a comment
I recently bought an intervalometer for My dslr. The device allows You to take pictures automatically at regular intervals. Since I was hanging out at a friends house the day it arrived, I set things up on His deck and let it rip until the sun went down. I suppose the best thing to do is make a video with these images, but .gif’s display in much higher quality, take up less storage space and require no external websites to host them. As such, this is an animiated .gif of 820 pictures taken seven seconds apart. The down-side is that such a massive .gif loads pretty slowly, so give it a few seconds!
The next day, I woke up and set My camera to shoot out of the window in My attic and went to My brother’s for the day. Again, every seven seconds was what I set the intervalometer to do. I got home five or six hours later and it was still snapping away. Due to file limitations, I had to make a video out of this set. Which required Me to create an account on Vimeo and link it back to here. It’s a bit of a hassle just for simple time lapse photography, but My traditional .gif methods just aren’t capable of handling so many images. YouTube and Vimeo both have a thirty frame per second limit and only Vimeo allows high definition video clips. Here is two minutes aimed at the southern sky, featuring My roof, chimney and birch tree, dancing to a classic trance song by God’s Groove, called Prayer 3, circa 1993. Maybe I will discover a .gif automator that can handle the amount of files needed for these longer image strings. We shall see, but for now, I will have to get use to making videos… Shooting at more interesting locations will be the name of the game, something had to be done as a test run though! I am learning as I go.
July 28, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Videos | Tags: 720p, 853p, all day, animated, animation, atmospheric, blue, chimney, clip, clips, cloud, clouds, condensation, darkness, day, daylight, edit, editing, editting, embed, embeded, fade, first time for everything, flower, flowers, formation, garage, gif, hd, images, img, in motion, lapse, limited, link, long, motion, over head, passing, photo, photographs, photography, photos, pictures, pots, potted, roof, sky, stream, streaming, sun set, sunset, time, timelapse, tree, trees, vid, video, videos, view, vimeo, windy | Leave a comment