Well what a 2013 that was! Let me just start by saying how blessed I feel to be able to experience all the incredible things I have in the past 12 months. I’ve been able to travel to legendary tracks I’ve only dreamt of going to like Mosport, Pocono and Road Atlanta, and work with clients I thought to be out of my reach only a year ago. I’ve gained valuable advice and experience from people in the industry including, but certainly not limited to, fellow photographer Michael Wong and PR genius Kelly Brouillet. They’ve helped me immeasurably over the course of this season.
A few weeks ago I made my first visit to Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans working for the popular enthusiast site GTspirit.com. To cover such a big international race was really something special. Going to a new track to shoot leaves you with something of a blank canvas to work with, which is both a blessing and a curse. At a track like Lime Rock which is basically a second home to me, the shots and angles are nothing new, and finding new and interesting angles is half the challenge. But going to uncharted territory for me like Road Atlanta leaves endless possibilities. You don’t look at each corner in such a narrow view, and the photos I captured I think reflect that.
Prior to my big season finale at the Petit Le Mans, I was busy moving up and down the eastern seaboard. Perhaps the highlight of my season came the Grand Am finale at Lime Rock Park. I spent the weekend working for BMW North America, covering the season finale of the Grand Am Rolex Series, as well as the always entertaining Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Overcast weather on Friday as well as the pressures of shooting for the championship winning manufacturer as they clinched the title proved a challenge, but by the second day the clouds parted and I settled into a groove and pumped out some of my best work. Working for BMW was such an unreal experience I still can’t quite believe I’m typing this, but if all goes well I hope to be working with them a lot more in 2014!
Just 5 days later I was back trackside once more at Virginia International Raceway, a track i hadn’t visited since 2011. The 8 hour drive was more than worth it to see the incredible racing ALMS provided, particularly in the GT class. The exciting battle for the manufacturers championship was on display in the closing laps, with fans of the BMW team enjoying the action amongst the crowds of passionate Corvette enthusiasts.The two factions of sports car fans cheering on their respective marques combined to provide an incredible atmosphere that was really cool to experience first hand.
The picturesque scenery of VIR also provided the perfect backdrop for some amazing photos. The absence of the famed oak tree was immediately noticeable, and unfortunately led to the loss of a few iconic photo opportunities. The Oak Tree always cast a beautiful late day shadow across the track and losing that made the angles at the far end of the track frankly, ordinary. Still though, despite the unintentional scenery alterations, I managed to capture a few really good shots of the action. The track is certainly worth the drive and I wouldn’t think twice about returning in 2014 with the excellent GT category on showcase.
2013 has been incredibly kind to me, and if all goes to plan 2014 should take me to a whole new level. I hope to be able to share those plans with you soon. After all the 2014 season, and the future of sports car racing, kicks off in just 79 days!
Things are moving at a frantic pace here at High Revs Photography. No sooner have I come back from Watkins Glen that I find myself typing this in the Lime Rock Park Media Center for the ALMS Northeast Grand Prix! Before we get into the upcoming excitement this weekend lets first take a look back at the incredible Sahlen’s 6 hours of the Glen last weekend.
On and off rain throughout the event provided added challenges and some very unpredictable racing all weekend, but it also created some incredible photo ops with the wet track often being bathed in sunshine. My new Canon 70-200 2.8 lens performed fantastically to capture all the action in all different situations as it happened. All this rain isn’t to say that the racing suffered though, far from it. An exhausted Christian Fittipaldi took the overall honors despite the best efforts of Michael Valiente, while the Stevenson Camaro of John Edwards and Robin Liddell played the rain to perfection and came home with the win in GT. Watkins Glen has always been one of my favorite tracks in the world and this weekend only stood to reenforce that opinion. From the stunning views of Seneca Lake and the surrounding countryside, to the unbelievable elevation changes all around the 3.4 mile circuit, it really is an American road racing gem. I can’t wait to get back there for the NASCAR weekend in early August!
Looking ahead though, to say I’m looking forward to this coming weekend at Lime Rock Park would be a massive understatement. I’ve been coming to Lime Rock for this race since 2008 and at this point it feels more like home than any other track I go to all year. The addition of World Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo to the on-track schedule should ensure an action packed weekend from start to finish. I’ve been lucky enough to acquire media credentials from the track and I hope to work with some teams throughout the weekend. By now I know the photographic in and outs of this track like the back of my hand, but this increased access should provide me with plenty of new angles and locations to take some seriously awesome pictures of these cars that I can share with you.
I’ll have another update sometime early next week when I get a chance to take a breath and process some of my pictures before I do it all again next weekend at the Honda Indy Toronto. For now, enjoy these pictures I’ve included with this post!
I’ll admit things have been a bit quiet around here lately at HighRevsPhoto.com. Being located in the northeast has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side I’m located within easy driving distance of two of America’s premier road courses in Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park, but the unpredictable weather thats plagues this area each year means the racing season doesn’t really kick in until late June. But when it gets going around here, oh boy does it ever!
In the coming weeks the teams and drivers of Indycar, ALMS, Grand Am, and World Challenge will be making their annual stops in the northeast and I’ll be there to capture every moment of the action. The Grand Am Sahlens 6 Hours of the Glen will kick off an action packed stretch of races for me that covers 4 weekends, 5 racetracks, and 2 countries! Once a winner has been crowned and the champagne has been sprayed in Watkins Glen I’ll be on my way to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for the ALMS Northeast Grand Prix. With full media access to the event it should provide some of my best shots to date. From there its on to Pocono Raceway for race day at the Pocono Indy 400 before rejoining the Indycar circus north of the border the following weekend on the streets of Toronto, Ontario. I haven’t been to Toronto since the CART race in 2002 so it will be exciting to see how things have changed over the years. I’ll cap off my whirlwind tour of great North American road courses with a trip to the track formerly known as Mosport on July 19-21. ALMS, Porsche GT3 Cup and Star Mazda always provide no shortage of thrills so to say I’m excited for my first trip to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park would be a massive understatement.
Throughout the entirety of this massive trip I’ll be posting plenty of updates and photos to the blog and keeping in touch with all of you. Who knows I might even post a full resolution wallpaper or two for you to enjoy! So check back often to see whats going on here on the High Revs Photo blog. Exciting times are ahead so stay tuned!
Hello and welcome to the brand new HighRevsPhoto.com! Feel free to take a look around and enjoy some of the photos I’ve taken over the past year or so. I’m a motorsports photographer looking to get my foot in the door of this competitive business. These photos posted here are only a small fraction of the photos I have from this past season, and I’m planning on doing a whole lot more exciting things in 2013! If you like what you see, feel free to inquire about my services in the contact page, and while you’re at it, help me out with a like for my Facebook page. Once again, thanks for stopping by my site, I hope to have the pleasure of doing some business with you!