Kumakubo Drifting the Yukes/Takakaira Subaru WRX STi @ Irwindale

This is actually an “old” picture (shot 12/17/2005), but this is another one of my favorites. It has nothing to do with photographic ability or skill, other than possibly “timing”. But these guys (the Subaru drivers) were putting up so much smoke, it would’ve been hard to capture an image without a large amount of smoke.

The first time I saw these guys, you could instantly tell they were going much faster (higher entry speed) than most of the other drivers on the track (especially the US drivers).

Its a shame the Subarus only make it out twice a year (beginning and end of the year) for the D1 Grand Prix events.

This image was published in DSport magazine and I think its on the front page (the subscription button or something). Just checked and its not THIS image, but one of the many I did capture that day of this car

The image was processed (again) using Adobe Lightroom, cropped, sharpened, contrast’ed, saturated, and whatever else I could adjust to make it look better. It was shot with Ed’s Canon EOS 20D and his 70-200 f2.8L IS USM.

Blitz Racing Nissan Skyline R34

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Well, since there has been no Canon EOS 40D announced at PMA (yet, fingers crossed), I figure I’d post a picture (you guys probably didnt think I actually shot pictures, huh?).

This image was shot during the NASCAR vs D1: “Drift vs Grip” exhibition promoted by Kasey Kahne for his charity foundation. This was back in August 31st 2006, but its one of my favorite pictures.

Its not as (consistently) sharp as it could’ve been, but thats probably due to the combination of:

. shallow depth of field due to being forced to shoot at f2.8
. shooting at ISO1250 or 1600, maybe 3200.. too lazy to look it up, but it was Noise Ninja’ed.. or maybe it was Noiseware Pro’ed..
. shooting at 1/100 shutter because thats all I could muster given the poor night time lighting at Irwindale

In any case, its one of my favorite, thus far..

I posted this using the “Blog This Photo” feature on Flickr.. pretty cool.. maybe I’ll make more use of it in the future..
EDIT: Photo was shot at ISO1600, 70mm, 1/100, noise reduction by Noiseware Pro in Photoshop CS2, cropped