2014 Track Season Opener

T3 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton WA. http://www.JasonTanaka.com


Ahh… Another track season is upon us. Time to dust off the big guy (Canon 400mm f2.8 L lens) and head out to the track. This year’s opener was a double with it being on a Saturday and Sunday. It was a bit rough getting back into the swing of things.
As with any other track season, I continue to look for new angles and locations to shoot on the track. I think I found a new angle, but it may be tough on days of variable lighting (patchy clouds). For sunny days where the lighting is consistent, I can put the camera in manual mode and set my exposure appropriately. This is new angle requires shooting against the sky and can throw off the camera’s metering. Using manual mode, I can set the camera to properly expose for the subject. Throw in mixed lighting and I can’t shoot in manual mode anymore. It’s going to be a challenge for sure!
I’ll keep looking for new angles… And saving my pennies for my next big lens…. Canon 600mm f4.0 L….

Mark of 2-Fast taking T3 at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton WA. http://www.JasonTanaka.com

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Unintentional Twins Day

KTM Akrapovic RC8-R. – jasontanaka.com

Personal Projects; the key to keeping my photographic sanity

Ahh… With the end of spring and summer coming to a close, I finally get a chance to do some personal photography work. I just love not having the pressure to satisfy anyone but myself. No worries about making money. No concerns about making others happy. I get to work on something I enjoy doing. Personal projects reminds me of why I got into photography in the first place. These I call my amateur projects ūüôā I need to be more of an amateur…

Honda RC51 – jasontanaka.com

Aprilia RSVR Factory – jasontanaka.com

Light control

Shooting shiny and highly reflective objects is tough, that’s for sure.¬† Not only must you mind all the little details such as dirty spots, object¬†positioning, and so forth, you must also mind the reflections coming off the subjects.¬† Getting a handle on the reflections is tedious work and even more tedious if you don’t have the right tools.¬† Some may think that a polarizer might solve all this, but it really doesn’t.¬†¬† Solution?¬† Flags, snoots, and grids for each of your light sources.¬†¬† Setting up and configuring each light so that it lights up it’s target properly without it causing a¬†reflection back to the camera gets tedious quickly.¬† Lesson learned:¬† I need more light modifiers ūüė¶