Daytona’s Ace Photographer At The Race
Mike says getting all the elements into the shot is critical. May of the sponsors
pay a lot of money to get these cars on the track and it's important to
please every client. The composition needs to include not just the car but also
the sponsor's logo, the race logo, the crowd, the position at the finish
line and more.
Some times using a fish eye lens can make a shot a little more interesting and he likes to see motion or a little blur when it's appropriate to show action or speed.
A local home grown photographer getting his degree literally across the street
at Southeast Center of Photographic Studies Mike paid his dues. He worked the
dark room in the days of film and developing at the track.
Those days are behind him now as digital technology and high speed Canon digital cameras have taken the place of the film cameras.
He worked his way up the ladder by shooting occasional races and filling in as needed. He also shot weddings in Orlando for a while; giving him a well-rounded education for those great shots like the one of Jimmy Johnson in the winners circle this year.
He says the number one rule for photographing a race at the track is lighting and second is speed. He certainly shows off his knowledge of lighting and speed by making these photos look easy to take. At the Daytona 500, he reminds us was won by Jeff Gordon.
He starts his day around 6 am and finishes at about 8pm. Long day for some
but not for Mike whom you can tell really loves his work. You can hear him tell
the story, talk about his camera and more at www.shutterbugradio.com
and see more of these exciting photos at www.fotomall.com
in the Jack's Hall of Fame.