OK, I’ll admit I’ve been slacking around here lately – hey, it’s summer, and it’s not like you’re paying for this. Anyway, as the result of some misguided sense of obligation, I’m providing a rare two-post day. Following on the runaway success of the first post in this series, I give you the monochrome shots from the same day shooting the VSCCA races up at Lime Rock Park.
In addition to the Leica, I had my Canon L1, on which I had mounted either the Voigtländer Color Skopar 21/4 or the Nikkor 135/3.5, representing the most extreme ends of my available LTM focal length spectrum. I’d shot races with the Nikkor before, and it works well in that role, but the 21 was an experiment. I wanted to play with distorted perspectives a bit to see what I could get; the answer was a lot of mediocrity, with one or two moderately interesting shots thrown in. I’m still trying to figure out how to get the most out of wide lenses.
I also shot some black-and-white in the Leica, naturally. It was a bright day with some clouds, as you can see, and I continue to be impressed with how FP4+ performs. It’s quickly becoming my standard film for a lot of applications.
And finally, probably my favorite shot of the day. It’s blurry, and the exposure’s probably a little off, but I love the lines and it captures more of the atmosphere of the event than any other shot I took.
A few months ago I photographed the VSCCA races at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. I had with me one of my Leica IIIcs with the Summitar mounted. Though I shot primarily in B&W, it was the first time I’d used that setup with color film, in this case Portra 160. It was a test of sorts, so I only shot one roll, but it’s a very interesting combination – I was quite pleased with the look.
These are fairly unique shots, in that Lime Rock was in the midst of a massive construction project which left the paddock areas temporarily unpaved. The idea of these vintage race cars rumbling across dirt and gravel added a little more atmosphere to these shots, all taken in and around the paddock near the track entrance.
I’ll post a few of the monochrome shots (and maybe an on-track photo or two), from both the Leica and my Canon L1, shortly.