Hitting The Wall!

Uploaded 1 Sep 2010
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© Chris Ragazzo
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UploadedSeptember 1, 2010
TakenOctober 4, 2008
MakeCanon
ModelCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
Exposure1/250 sec at f/2.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length300 mm
ISO1000
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For some, "hitting the wall" is a metaphor. In the case of this Porsche driver, it was a bit more literal. Captured by being lazy, because after 4 days of running on foot to chase the light, I planted myself in one spot to shoot cars coming over a crest. With my eye in the viewfinder, I heard tires screeching, but couldn't find the car while panning a 600 mm lens. So I took my eye away from the camera, spotted the car in the dusk light of Le Mans racing and started shooting. The problem: I was still in manual focus for the crest...so I flipped the switch, hoping to lock on and fired three single frames, as motor-drive was disengaged...and prayed. The driver was unharmed, but the car was wrecked.

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