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Camarillo Autocross

I would usually be driving…

but being busy I didn’t register in time. No worries, I grabbed my kit and headed over to photograph the day. I set up the 1dx with the 70-200mm f2.8 is ii with a 1.4 extender and a CLP filter as the intensity of the light into the sides of the cars, especially the light colored ones, needed to be toned down a bit. It was good panning practice though much easier when the cars are going maybe 60 unlike Formula One where the speeds are around 200 mph. There’s a few of these I really like; the red corvette that I let drive into the frame with a low shutter speed set, the wheel spin coming off the start  line, the photo of the white C7 from behind and a picture of my good friend Chris in the #21 car. Anyway it was fun to shoot some motorsport since otherwise the season has wound down, but next autocross I’ll be in the car!

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An autocross is run on a course that is defined using traffic cones and chalk. Much smaller in scale than a road race circuit, it is more akin to driving on a go kart track in a car. The Camarillo Autocross takes place on the tarmac at the Camarillo airport. Many bring their everyday drivers out which is a great way to learn more about the limits of your car. It is not a race as only one car is out on the course at a time running against the clock. For me it’s an opportunity to keep my skills and timing sharp and a chance to drive at the limit on a controlled course. It is fun!

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