At the Brickyard

by | Feb 23, 2012

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway—aka the Brickyard—and the Indy 500 is synonymous and while I have yet to see the 500 in person, I was able to photograph the penultimate US Grand Prix at Indianapolis as a guest of Ferrari. This is how I made my favorite image from that race. (Excerpt from e-Book “15 Tips for Better Car Photos.“)

The above photograph of Michael Schumacher was made during practice (or qualifying, I don’t remember which, sorry) for the 2003 US Grand Prix. Image was captured with an Olympus E-1and 55-200mm zoom lens, which has a 2X factor so it was the equivalent angle of view of a 110-400mm lens. ISO was 200, with the camera at f/5.6 at 1/1000th of a second in Shutter Priority mode and I was standing on the roof of the garages at Indy, which requires a special pass.

Poster Edges

I returned from the race that Schumacher had won in the rain but never got as a good of image of him actually winning. So I decided to create an impression of that win—ala LeRoy Neiman—in the digital darkroom. I first applied the the Watercolor (Filter > Artistic > Watercolor) and then the Poster Edges (Filter > Artistic > Poster Edges) filter was used to give the image an artistic look. Then I applied Photoshop’s Motion Blur command ((Filter > Blur > Motion Blur) but instead of using the kind of blur that follows the direction of the car, I made it more vertical with a forward slant to provide a more impressionistic touch