06
Apr
Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/320th, Manual A gorgeous sunset fills the southern Nevada sky as NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria waits in the staging lanes to run.

Day one of the Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas would turn into a marathon day of racing with pro qualifying going into darkness due to multiple delays caused by on track carnage and oil downs. While I missed most of the explosive action, I would have a great day with some fun photos. Lets get to them!

Prior to the weekend I rented a specialty lens called a Tilt-Shift lens. What the lens does is allow the photographer to change the lens angle from the cameras chip which produces some interesting images. Tilt Shift images can quickly become gimmicky but don’t worry, I am only renting the lens for this weekend!

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 1600iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual Crew members surround NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force as she warms up in the pits prior to the opening qualifying session for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 1600iso, f4, 1/800th, Manual
Here is the first example of a Tilt-Shift image with crew members surrounding NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force as she warms up in the pits prior to the opening qualifying session for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority View from inside the cockpit with NHRA pro stock driver Vincent Nobile moments before firing up the engine and attempting a pass.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 3200iso, f5, 1/400th, Aperture Priority
View from inside the cockpit with NHRA pro stock driver Vincent Nobile moments before firing up the engine and attempting a pass.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual  NHRA funny car driver John Force sits on his tire as he waits in the staging lines for his turn to run.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 400iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver John Force sits on his tire as he waits in the staging lines for his turn to run.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 100iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman (near) does a burnout alongside John Force during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 100iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Jack Beckman (near) does a burnout alongside John Force during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 200iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 200iso, f5.6, 1/640th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Robert Hight launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

I know I’ve said this before but statistically speaking (these stats are in my head but I feel I’m right) the odds of an explosion in the first round of qualifying are lower than any other time of the weekend. The first session is usually in hot weather and cars smoke the tires more than in most other sessions.

With that said I will almost always be on the starting line for the first session based off that alone.

Thanks for blowing my theory to pieces Johnny!

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual Pieces off the former Dodge Charger carbon fiber body fly through the air after a finish line explosion by funny car driver Johnny Gray during qualifying. Gray would be uninjured in the incident.

Canon 1Dx, 70-200mm, 400iso, f5.6, 1/1250th, Manual
Pieces off the former Dodge Charger carbon fiber body fly through the air after a finish line explosion by funny car driver Johnny Gray during qualifying. Gray would be uninjured in the incident.

While it appears to be a good hand of cards on the side of Grays car, I suggest he folds…

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/500th, Manual Pieces from the carbon fiber body from the car of NHRA funny car driver Johnny Gray are taken back to the pits on the back of a flat bed after his explosion.

Canon 1Dx, 16-35mm, 200iso, f6.3, 1/500th, Manual
Pieces from the carbon fiber body from the car of NHRA funny car driver Johnny Gray are taken back to the pits on the back of a flat bed after his explosion.

Usually I hate delays because we are all stuck at the track longer but the below sunset quickly made me very happy for all the delays!

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/320th, Manual A gorgeous sunset fills the southern Nevada sky as NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria waits in the staging lanes to run.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/320th, Manual
A gorgeous sunset fills the southern Nevada sky as NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria waits in the staging lanes to run.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual
The car of NHRA top fuel dragster driver Morgan Lucas during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

I was running around the staging lanes like a madman trying to get as many shots of different cars with the sunset as I could. I probably looked like a madman to everyone who saw me.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual The cars of NHRA top fuel dragster drivers Doug Kalitta (left) and Brandon Bernstein in the staging lanes at sunset during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 2500iso, f4.5, 1/250th, Manual
The cars of NHRA top fuel dragster drivers Doug Kalitta (left) and Brandon Bernstein in the staging lanes at sunset during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside father John Force during night time qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 5000iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
NHRA funny car driver Courtney Force (near) races alongside father John Force during night time qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 6400iso, f4, 1/320th, Manual Crew members push NHRA top fuel dragster driver Steve Torrence towards the starting line during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 6400iso, f4, 1/320th, Manual
Crew members push NHRA top fuel dragster driver Steve Torrence towards the starting line during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual Kalitta Racing crew members look on as NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 300mm, 6400iso, f4.5, 1/500th, Manual
Kalitta Racing crew members look on as NHRA funny car driver Del Worsham launches off the starting line during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual Smoke fills the air as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown does a burnout during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 24-70mm, 6400iso, f4, 1/500th, Manual
Smoke fills the air as NHRA top fuel dragster driver Antron Brown does a burnout during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual A pair of NHRA jet car drivers shoot flames out of theirs exhausts prior to racing during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Canon 1Dx, 17mm tilt shift, 6400iso, f4, 1/400th, Manual
A pair of NHRA jet car drivers shoot flames out of theirs exhausts prior to racing during qualifying for the Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

That concludes day one in Vegas…


 
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2 responses to “10 Spot / NHRA Las Vegas Friday”

  1. OZ says:

    amazing pictures Mark.

    No flash at all on any shots ?

  2. Bill Karadimos says:

    Nice shots as always Mark, I remember last year or maybe before you lost your camera that was set up on the sideline and you found the card..
    Great Job.
    Bill

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