A Few of My Favorite Car Photos

Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca
I shot this American Le Mans Series race car at Mazda Speedway at Laguna Seca’s famed coming though the famed “Corkscrew” turn using a Canon EOS 20D and a borrowed EF 400mm f.2.8 L USM lens, with the lens attached to a Manfrotto monopod. Exposure was 1/320 sec at f/10 an ISO 800 in Shutter Priority mode because it was late in the day and I wanted to maintain image sharpness with a higher (could have been even higher) shutter speed. Yet close inspection of this image. lets you see the driver’s eyes behind his face shield

In a Private Collection
This custom built 1941 Buick was originally owned by the Shah of Iran. All that brightwork you see is not chrome, it’s silver! The car was photographed using a Canon EOS 50D with an exposure was 1/320 sec at f/10 an ISO 800 in Shutter Priority mode. The lens was a Tamron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 Di-II SP Aspherical (now discontinued) lens shot at the widest setting which caused some pincushion distortion —due to my camera angle—and I used Photoshop’s Transform and Crop controls to correct it and make the concrete columns at left and right straight and upright.

Tech talk: With pincushion distortion, the image magnification increases with the distance from the optical axis. The visible effect is that lines that don’t go through the center of the image are bowed inwards, towards the center, just like a pincushion.

Author: Joe Farace

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