Photographing a MOPAR Drag Racer

Today’s Post by Joe Farace

 

The above image is a Dodge drag race car that I photographed at a SEMA show a few years ago. It’s intended to be an homage to the recent MOPAR Mile High Nationals—NHRA championship drag races—held at Denver’s Bandimere Speedway.

How I made this shot: It was made using a Canon EOS 5D Mark I and EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens with an exposure of 1/50 sec at f/4.5 and ISO 800. I gave it a plus one-third stop of exposure compensation but that was not quite enough and I ended up doing some dodging to the bottom of the frame using the useful burn/dodge tools that are part of PhotoKit. The lens is far from flarey and I did use a lens hood but to balance the image but I digitally added lens flare in the upper left-hand corner using Photoshop’s Render>Lens Flare command.

 

 

Along with photographer Barry Staver, I’m co-author of Better Available Light Digital Photography that’s available from Amazon for $21.88 prices with used copies selling at giveaway prices—four bucks, as I write this, which is less then your next cup of joe at Starbucks.