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PCA Club Racing Lime Rock Park 2011

IMG_0160This year I made it up to Lime Rock Park for the Porsche Club of America Club Racing event on April 30, 2011. It’s taken me a while to go through my shots, but I’ve finally posted the best of them in a new Trackside gallery. All of the posted shots are straight from the camera without any post-processing. Thanks to a coworker I was able to borrow two awesome lenses to shoot this event with: the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (which I used for all the on-track pictures) and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L IS II (used to shoot the paddock photos). I’d used the first generation 70-200 a few times in the past and this Mark 2 version was great. The 16-35mm is the widest lens I’ve ever gotten to use, and I really enjoyed being able to get up close to some of the carsĀ in the paddock and still capture all of the scene that I wanted in the frame. With the 28-135mm kit lens that came with my 40D, I’m so often hitting the stop on the wide end and wishing I had further to go, and the 16-35mm definitely delivered on that.

IMG_0233Because I’m a big fan of the Boxster Spec class and have several friends that race them, I focused my shooting on these cars. I got a few decent pictures on the Left Hander (the only real left-hand turn at Lime Rock Park) that were similar to my award-winning shot taken last year in the same spot. It’s a cool place for photographs because you can pan to keep your subject car sharp while getting extra motion blur on others as they’re still coming around the corner. You can check out the albums, which are divided according to the race group: