Drag racing photos from Match Race Madness #4, at the Barona Drag Strip in Lakeside, CA. All pictures were shot with the Sony a7R, using a Pentax 28mm f/3.5 camera lens.
Taking action photographs with the Sony a7R is a challenge, because of the long shutter delay of at least .163+ of a second. Compensating for that delay meant hitting the shutter release early, in anticipation of where the apex of the wheelstand would be in the future. That procedure works here, after a fashion, but it won’t work for shooting all types of action photos with the a7R.
Most of these drag racing pictures were shot at 1/2500th of a second, f/8.0 aperture, with manual focus carefully preset to the area where the wheelstand was probably going to be. The Sony HVL-F60M flash was set to full 1:1 manual power, using high speed sync, and it was mounted to an external flash bracket.
Prints of these drag racing photos can be obtained from Pete Liebig, the Barona track photographer, at: http://peteliebigphotography.smugmug.com/
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