Red Bull Drifting World Championship

Well, I have to hand it to Red Bull.. if there’s anything worth doing that you can do better by throwing money at it, they’ll do it.. the event was pretty big.. at least as big as Irwindale, but felt bigger.. more people, more vendors, etc etc.. I’d say the ticket prices were a little steep, but I guess that didnt phase the people who were willing to spend $35 for a 2-day event.

The competition was “eh”. I expected more from the international folks.. I was VERY impressed with the Red Bull FD RX-7 from New Zealand.. it was rockin’ a 4-rotor NA motor that had a very NON-rotary sound to it.. one photographer mentioned that it sounded very “F1-ish”.. at which point a grizzled and seasoned UK photographer (John Brooks, who had photographed F1) said.. “uh, no”.. but secretly, I thought the same thing.. hey, don’t talk smack.. not like I ever been to an F1 race.. ok, how about, the Red Bull FD sounded like an F1 car on my TV? better?

Most of the international guys were ousted after the first round. Too bad really.. I mean, these guys have the most to prove to the US crowd.. the Formula D drivers could care less (aside from the big prize money).. the US cars were, overall, much more polished.. newer/current/relevant model cars.. pretty paint jobs, nice vinyl jobs, etc etc..

The winner was Rhys Millen.. he’s sponsored by Red Bull, by the way.. he is definitely one of the best.. so I wont say it looked rigged.. but to people who dont necessarily follow drifting.. um, it probably looks rigged..

I’ll be uploading pics to Flickr in a bit.. but for now, here’s one thats different from my normal perspective..

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Shot with my Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L, 27mm, 1/125 @ F14

Also, for you So Cal folks, check out JTuned.com’s Second Coming Meet and Thanksgiving Food Drive on Novmber 23rd, 2008 @ Super Autobacs in Stanton, CA!

Photography Tutorials (Food & Flash)

I’ve never really shot food pics.. in fact, its not something I would place high on my Photography To Do list.. but I’ve been asked to shoot some food for a restaurant. I won’t be getting paid, which is fine, since I wouldn’t even consider getting paid unless I was the Ansel Adams of Food, or at least close to it..

So in my search for tips on photographing food, I found a pretty good tutorial. It was originally “started” in October 2007. It looks like there were 4 “classes”. Participants posted pics to a Flickr group for critique. In any case, I found the tutorials pretty informative and useful. Check it out if you ever want to get serious about food photography: Nikas-Culinaria.com

And while I’m on the topic of photography tutorials.. if you ever wanted to learn serious flash photography from a newspaper photographer photojournalist, check out the Strobist.. last I checked, he had a tutorial once per year with a new lesson each week. His basic concept was that as a newspaper photographer, he couldn’t pack a crapload of gear. So he had to work with what he had, which was usually one flash. He explains Light very well. Check it out too if you’re in the checking-out kind of mood: The Strobist.

I’ll add some Food pics to my JAlbum if I have any worth sharing..