Spring brings the return of many things, one of which is auto racing, so I figured I’d delve through my photos and find a few photos I’ve taken at the races. Appropriately, perhaps, I selected photos from last year’s Lime Rock Vintage Festival.
In looking back at these, I really like the combination of Tri-X and the look the old Soviet lens gives. It’s a technically imperfect picture (the details of the car aren’t very sharp – probably more my fault than the lens – there’s some flare at the top center, and the framing isn’t ideal either) but it feels like it could easily be a period shot rather than one taken just last year.
The Pentax is a more capable camera, but for whatever reason I have no end of difficulty getting decent shots with it at the track. Before I take it out again I need to completely rethink my technique. This shot (again imperfectly framed) is the exception rather than the rule. The Portra 400 Vivid Color is really spectacular for this sort of subject; it’s too bad Kodak discontinued it.
With just a 50mm lens the FED-2 was a bit limited, but it really forces you to consider your shots more carefully, looking beyond just the obvious subject of the car and combining other elements in the frame. The wide framing with the single car at speed really feels to me like something from a bygone era. I suppose that’s to be expected when taking pictures of old cars with an old camera.