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Old Sep 12, 2010, 8:23 PM   #1
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My 2nd year attending this even at history Watkins Glen International. It was pretty cloudy and miserable most of the day. There were some dry breaks that allowed some of the open wheel cars to run on slicks so the day wasn't a total loss. Still enjoyed seeing the vintage race cars and my brother-in-law and his 2 boys had a good time.



This year at the Glen they were paying tribute to Alfa Romeo. Some very fine examples on display and it was nice to see them racing on the track as well.



1931 Alfa Romeo Tipo B





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Old Sep 13, 2010, 6:00 AM   #2
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Nice panning there Mike!
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Old Sep 13, 2010, 10:46 AM   #3
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Thanks jelpee! Unfortunately my keeper percentage was rather low yesterday... I'm starting to realise that I really should invest in a monopod for stuff like this. My hands just aren't steady enough for panning all the time.

Here's a link to my Picasa album with some other shots from the day: US Vintage GP 2010
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nice shots! looks like you managed quite well
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I'd say you did very well, especially under gray cloudy condditions.
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A great job despite the adverse weather & lighting. Fascinating subjects, very well-photographed!
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nice shots! looks like you managed quite well
Thank you! Despite the cloudy rainy weather I was still able to get some quick shutter speeds for the shots where I wanted to catch the cars crossing the start/finish with the checkered flag out. Wasn't a bad day considering.

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I'd say you did very well, especially under gray cloudy condditions.
While I'm pleased with the shots that did turn out, I would have liked to get more keepers and while I had the panning down on them my unsteady hands caused blur quite often and ruined the shot. Next time I go to the track I will make sure I pick up a monopod before I go and we'll see if my keepers improve.

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A great job despite the adverse weather & lighting. Fascinating subjects, very well-photographed!
Thanks mole! Thankfully it's not an expensive event to attend ($25), but the 3 hour drive from my place means that if it got rained out then it was a long wasted day. Most of these guys drove in the rain though which was cool, but I wouldn't have been shooting in the rain. I love these old cars and wish the weather had been nicer so we could have caught more.
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Beautiful ! And I'd die for that Alfa !
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Mike, looks to me like you managed to make good of dreary day!
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Thanks Frogfish! Which one? I posted 2 different Alfas, the 1931 Alfa that was racing and the black one, or maybe it's just dark blue as the photo makes it look, I should have paid closer attention to what model it was, but I did find a website that helped me identify it: 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta.

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Mike, looks to me like you managed to make good of dreary day!
Yeah, despite the weather I was determined to enjoy watching the vintage cars racing. Watkins Glen is a beautiful race track and the surrounding countryside is just as beautiful. Even if it is 3 hours away, I don't mind making the trip. Thanks GW!
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