29
Sep

After a month of drag racing, baseball and football I was super excited to get back out on the dirt to shoot the stars of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series as they made their second stop of the year at Speedworld in Surprise, AZ. On top of the normal action stuff I shoot I decided prior to the event that it was time to bring out my soft box setup and do some driver portraits.

At the last LOORRS race at Speedworld I nailed numerous crashes. Since I got so many the last time I figured this time I would focus (pun intended) on something new and lugged out my softbox, 1600watt Alien Bee strobe and Vagabond battery pack. It would be impossible for me to lug all that gear around and do candid portraits so thankfully I was able to get some help from my buddy Robert Butterfield to tag along and help out.

With Friday of the event only being practice sessions it was a perfect time to do the portraits without having to worry about missing much race action.

Below, you can see the setup in action as we shoot driver shots as they prepared to head out on track for the first practice.

Photo by Jason Zindroski

Now that you have seen the set up and how its done now here are some photos shot with that setup.

Below, Rodrigo Ampudia sits strapped into his truck prior to heading out on track.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

For the below photo of Rick Huseman I shot from the passenger side of the truck with the soft box drivers side from the front to give the photo an edgier look.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f13, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

Pro 2 unlimited driver Todd LeDuc hangs out near his truck prior to practice, below.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f13, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

Pro 2 driver Jeff Geiser poses for a portrait alongside his truck, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

Below, pro lite unlimited driver Brian Deegan snarls at me as he prepares to head out on track.

Nikon D700, 80-200mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

After a few hour lunch break spent at Chilis with my two shooters Robert and Mariah Butterfield we headed back to the track to do some more portrait work, this time with some of the racers in the kids classes.

Brian Deegan poses for a photo with daughter Hailie Deegan prior to Junior 2 Kart practice, below.

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f5.6, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

The shots of the kids came out much cooler than the earlier shots of the adults simply because the sun was lower in the sky which enabled me to get nicer blue skies plus with it not being as bright the soft box was able to make more of a noticeable difference to the photos.

Here are a few more cool shots from the day….

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f6.3, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

Below is another shot to show the lighting setup as Robert held the soft box close to the drivers.

And below is how the shot looked with that lighting setup.  So easy a caveman can do it!

Nikon D700, 24-70mm, 100iso, f7.1, 1/250th, Manual with 1600watt light

Speaking of caveman here is a photo of me working on my tan….

On our way off course I noticed some cool light in one of the turns so I briefly stopped to fire off some shots. The below frame is an example of the cool light I noticed.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 400iso, f2.8, 1/800th, Manual

That wraps up Friday, on to Saturday.

Saturday would start off with qualifying for all classes followed by the races.

Here are some random shots from qualifying….

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f3.5, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 400iso, f6.3, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f3.5, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f4, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

During Super Lite qualifying driver Jonathan Elfalan would go for a wild ride as he went into turn four too fast and rolled over a few times. It made for a solid sequence……

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Not to be outdone, Nicole Johnson showed that a limited buggy could accomplish the same feat as she rolled her buggy during the race.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

Just like the previous race in Surprise I would go up in a scissor lift high above the track to get a great angle of all the racing action, notice the awesome safety harness we all must wear in the scissor lifts, below.

Photo by Robert Butterfield

Below, on the first lap of the Pro 4 race Travis Coyne (5) would spin out while leading causing a huge pile up in turn four that would lead to a complete restart of the race.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2000th, Aperture Priority

Adrian Cenni puts his truck on two wheels as he powers through a turn, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/5000th, Aperture Priority

Flames shoot off as the Pro Lites take the green flag for their race, below.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 200iso, f4, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Below, Pro 2 unlimited driver Robbie Pierce gave the photographers a nice dust bath as he went over the lip and got back on the gas with the photogs directly behind his truck……

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

……Initially the photographers tried ducking away from the dust to avoid getting covered…..

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

…..but they all quickly gave up on that ideas as dust completely covered the area, except the one smart guy, Brian Biering, who held his video camera above the dust. At that moment I was very happy to be in the scissor lift high above the dust!

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

Below, Carl Renezeder (17) flies sideways through the air after being bumped mid flight by Rob MacCachren (21).

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Corner worker and Lucas official Suheil Kardosh gets a surprise visit by pro buggy unlimited driver Doug Fortin during the race, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1600th, Aperture Priority

The last race of the day would be the Super Lites.

On the first lap of the race driver Dawson Kirchner (16) would get into driver Jeffrey Kargola (2) nearly flipping him over, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

The low sunlight on the course made for some spectacular lighting to shoot photos in.

Below, Brandon Ward (92) leads the field through turn two.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Colton Greaves (below) leads a pack of drivers through turn three.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 200iso, f5, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

Below, Super lite driver Wyatz Kirchner (26) goes over a tabletop jump alongside Chad George (42) midway through the race.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 400iso, f5, 1/4000th, Aperture Priority

Towards the end of the race the cool light began to really give me some cool shadows that could only be shot from an elevated position.

Below, Jeremy Stenberg, or “Twitch” as he is affectionately referred to, takes a jump as his shadow is visible alongside.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/2500th, Aperture Priority

Below, with the actual track surface in the shade, by exposing for the highlights (sunlit area) I was able to have the truck of Chad George seemingly appear to be sinking into the darkness as he drove through turn three.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/8000th, Manual

The race would be a fight between Brandon Ward (92) and Jacob Person (29) for most of the laps….

Nikon D700, 400mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th, Aperture Priority

Nikon D700, 400mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/3200th, Aperture Priority

Until Person would roll his truck with a few laps to go, below.

Nikon D700, 400mm, 500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th, Aperture Priority

After the checkered flag fell on the day the Lucas people put on an entertaining pyrotechnics display, below.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 200iso, f4, 1/1250th, Manual

Due to a prior scheduling obligation I was unable to attend on Sunday so this is where we wrap up this blog. I can’t wait for the next race in about a month in Las Vegas!

Special thanks to Robert and Maria Butterfield who helped me throughout the weekend. And thanks to Jason Zindroski for not bat winging me……

To see (and better yet PURCHASE) images from this weekend be sure to click here to see all the weekends images!


 
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2 responses to “Lucas Oil Off Road Racers take on Speedworld”

  1. As always Mark, great shots. The Superlite photos ROCK! The pic of Twitch and the shadow is amazing.
    I really wanted to go to Surprise….But alas, must save for Baja! Do me a favor, if this hits you twice, only publish the one with the least amount of Typoneese:) Cya!

  2. […] we used a “soft box” and a 1600watt Alien Bees strobe and I got to learn how to pull off the killer shots he […]

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