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Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/100th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) races alongside Rickie Jones during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

After missing the previous four NHRA races I arrived in Denver motivated and ready to produce up on the mountain at Bandimere Speedway. With the track built right into the side of the mountain it provides beautiful shots of the stars and cars of the NHRA.

This is only my third year attending races at this track but so far it has always been good to me when it comes to photos. Hopefully 2013 would be no different.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Shane Gray (near) races alongside Vincent Nobile during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 500iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Shane Gray (near) races alongside Vincent Nobile during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver John Force does a burnout during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f6.3, 1/2500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force does a burnout during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual Denver marks the first race with a crew chief Jimmy Prock tuning for funny car driver John Force. Here Prock delicately guides Force into the staging beams.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 800iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
Denver marks the first race with a crew chief Jimmy Prock tuning for funny car driver John Force. Here Prock delicately guides Force into the staging beams.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual Brittany Force sits strapped into her canopy-less top fuel dragster during qualifying at Bandimere Speedway.=

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Manual
Brittany Force sits strapped into her canopy-less top fuel dragster during qualifying at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Manual NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence receives a fist bump from crew member Adem Cave prior to climbing into his dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 800iso, f2.8, 1/2000th, Manual
NHRA top fuel driver Steve Torrence receives a fist bump from crew member Adem Cave prior to climbing into his dragster.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual The nearby mountains were lit by the setting sun as NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson races down track during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1000iso, f5, 1/1000th, Manual
The nearby mountains were lit by the setting sun as NHRA pro stock driver Greg Anderson races down track during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver V. Gaines launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 1600iso, f5.6, 1/800th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver V. Gaines launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Time for a little slow shutter speed action…

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/100th, Manual NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) races alongside Rickie Jones during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 250iso, f5.6, 1/100th, Manual
NHRA pro stock driver Allen Johnson (left) races alongside Rickie Jones during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/400th, Manual NHRA funny car champion Jack Beckman launches his MTS sponsored Dodge off the starting line during night time qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 2500iso, f5, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA funny car champion Jack Beckman launches his MTS sponsored Dodge off the starting line during night time qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside Johnny Gray during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside Johnny Gray during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/320th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 1000iso, f4, 1/320th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual Steve Torrence (left) does a burnout alongside Spencer Massey during night time qualifying.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual
Steve Torrence (left) does a burnout alongside Spencer Massey during night time qualifying.

Notice the blue and magenta colors hitting the track from LED boards mounted on the timing tower. It was putting down some nice colors on the track for us photographers to work with so I decided to try and get it in a shot of a car racing.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual Header flames fly high as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican races down track in his Parts Plus sponsored rail.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
Header flames fly high as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Clay Millican races down track in his Parts Plus sponsored rail.

That wraps up Friday. Two days to go!


 
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7 responses to “10 Spot / NHRA Denver Friday”

  1. Chuck Sullivan says:

    This dragway makes for excellent shots, day or night. And of course your expertise with the camera captures those shots. Keep it up, THANKS, look forward to more as available.

  2. Martin whitney says:

    Great shots

  3. Chris says:

    Love it Mark…motion of the ocean! opens up a whole new whirled to paint with your camera…panning is the tricky techinque to incorporate as you’ll find ‘Goodyear’ spinning and the sheet metal sharp…B Force eyes…yeh!!, Beckman shot is hot…maybe 1/250 on Gaines and Hight? spin ’em buddy!

    Peace out,
    CPL

  4. Mark Stewart says:

    Great Work, esp the full frame single car stuff.

  5. Dave Yonemura says:

    Mark, I’ve always enjoyed looking at your photos! Your one of the best!!!

  6. Michael Stemmler says:

    You are still my hero. Your work is magnificent. I strive to be just half as good as you. I noticed that you are shooting canon cameras, are you liking them better then nikons.

  7. blood says:

    Lets collaborates

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