racing

A Crazy Photo Sequence from a Crash-Filled NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

This past weekend, I covered the Alert Today Florida 300 Xfinity NASCAR race in Daytona. Following the Kurt Busch NASCAR appeal across the street from the track, I had to hustle to get to the roof for the race -- it sure didn’t disappoint.

Halfway through the race, Daniel Suarez got turned sideway and hit Regan Smith (7), which caused Smith to barrel roll through the tri-oval. It was one of the best crash sequences I have shot.

Cameraman Hit by Rogue Tire During Rally Car Race, Returns It to Its Rightful Owner

We’re all aware that photographing motor sports can be a dangerous task. Whether it’s on an oval track, a road course, or along country ravines, there’s always an inherent risk when a comparatively fragile human is photographing thousands of pounds of metal, carbon fiber, plastic and glass traveling at speeds far above what many of us have ever driven.

But as the above video goes to show, it's not always the vehicle itself you have to worry about... the pieces that occasionally come off the vehicle can be just as dangerous.

Two Shooters, One Race: Photographing Sebring

Different approaches for different generations. Spectacular results all the same.

If you want my respect, show me an amazing racing photo. Show me that you can make art with a bunch of people telling you where you can and can’t go. Show me that you broke your back under the Florida sun, lugging 30 lbs of camera equipment while you walked the course all day long. Try it when you know that there are 120 people with exactly the same credentials and access who are just dying to take your job.

Show me that you can shoot amazing racing images, and you’ll have my respect.
Because I’ve tried it, and it crushed me.

Man Nearly Earns a Darwin Award Trying to Capture the Perfect Racing Photo

Photographers sometimes put themselves in harms way in order to capture the perfect shot, but there's a fine line between taking calculated risks and foolishly putting your life in danger. This 16-second-long video clip shows a guy doing the latter, nearly earning himself a Darwin Award while trying to photograph drifting cars at the Karpacz 2012 races in Poland.