2016 Track Season Opener

*** Disclaimer:  This post is more of an update about where I’ve been since my last post.  Nothing earth shattering ***


Well, it’s been over a year since I last posted.   Why?  Burn out!  2014 was super busy for my photography business.  I was shooting for 4 different track orgs, running my photo booth business, and working my normal full time job.  By the end of 2014 was just plain burnt out.  I had no time to do anything else and I mean zero.  My marriage suffered.  My work at my full time job suffered.  My passion for photography suffered.  By the end of 2014 I was ready to walk away from all my professional photography responsibilities.

For 2015 I took a step back and knew I had to cut back on my photography responsibilities if I wanted to keep my sanity.  As a result, I let go my shooting commitments to all but one track organization.  When the 2015 off season arrived, I spent some time trying to rekindle the amateur photographer in me by shooting things I had not already experienced;  bird photography.  Wow, now that is a difficult type of photography!


Skagit Valley Eagles on January 7, 2016 at in Dening WA. Photo taken by Jason Tanaka


Bird Photography on January 25, 2016 at in Stanwood WA. Photo taken by Jason Tanaka


Bird Photography on January 25, 2016 at in Stanwood WA. Photo taken by Jason Tanaka

Well the 2016 track season is finally here and last Sunday was the 2-Fast season opener.  Beautiful day to be out and enjoying the sunshine!  Dusted off the ol’ cameras and got to work!



It’s Work

Shooting out at the track some days is just awesome. I get to be a part of an activity that many are so passionate about. But as time moves forward, things change. What was new is now old. What was fun becomes mundane. What was awesome is not so awesome anymore. I’m not trying to complain or anything, just telling it how it is.

At the last track day, lets just say the track wasn’t filled to capacity with riders. While shooting from the hot pit, a spectator next to me asked if I was having fun out there. Well, I’m generally an honest person, so I responded by saying, “it’s work.”

When I first got into photography and would watch pro photographers shooting big events like the Olympics and such, I would dream about what it would be like to shoot there. I still dream about being an Olympic photographer one day, but I know those pros are working. And working hard.


Dust from clean sweep kicks up as Mark rides through the first session. – http://www.jasontanaka.com

Grinding it out. – http://www.jasontanaka.com

Nose to the Grind Stone

Wow, it’s been one super busy week! It started with last weekend’s 2-Fast track day weekend, shooting both Saturday and Sunday. Then bring in Ducati Bellevue’s track day and it all adds up to a lot of photos! 20,212 photos to be exact 🙂 The following days were spent looking at each one of them and processing them all. With the week finally passed, I’m finally getting a breather. Sales of been steady and my eye vision is slowing getting back to normal 🙂 Doh! I shot at the track yesterday (Friday) too, back to post processing track photos…

Knowing that I’d be shooting thousands of images, for the first time, I set my camera to shoot JPEG format for Saturday. This saved a ton of memory and only used about 60 gigs of memory. During post, it reminded my why I shoot RAW, and glad I did for the rest of the days. JPEG left very little room for post work. Although most non-photographers may not notice the difference, to my eyes, there was a significant difference. No more shooting JPEG unless I have to.

Getting The Word Out

One of my photos on the local news station website; King5

Motorcycle riding is inherently dangerous, but add the unpredictable variables of public streets and your odds of survival drop further. To get their adrenaline fix, riders can hit the track where many of those public dangers are eliminated along with medical support sitting track side in case an incident does occur.
Track riding season is finally upon us. If you’re a rider and have never ridden on the track, I’d strongly encourage a visit. You will never forget it.

King5 link

Last Track Day of 2012

Well the end of track season is just about here and I’ve shot my last track day for the year. Phew. I’m so glad. By now I’ve had my fill of shooting, especially after this weekend. Three days of constant shooting. Friday was at the track, Saturday and Sunday in Black Diamond for Tough Mudder (which is awesome). With the on-coming wet season, I’m sure I’ll be ready to shoot again next spring. For now, time for the holiday shooting season. I look forward to this. More festive events and things just seem calmer.

Still Learning the Track

Hold Tight

Second time back at The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA. Still trying to feel my way around the track, finding the best angles to shoot the riders rolling around. Weather wise, it was a bit chilly with a few drops of moisture here and there, but nothing too bad.

Sky High

The one area of coverage that I would like to get more of is in the pits. There is much more to a track day that happens beyond the hot track. As of now, I’m just roaming the pits prior to the track going hot.