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Featured New Cars, Old Camera: 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Discussion in 'Sports and Action' started by ijm5012, Feb 2, 2018.

  1. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Last weekend I headed down to Daytona for the IMSA Rolex 24 hour race. It's a true test of endurance for man and machine, with the race running non-stop for 24 hours. Because I went to assist a team in the race rather than as a spectator, I couldn't bring my D500 with me. I was instead forced to bring my antiquated, 3-year old E-M5 II with me that everybody is clamoring for it to be replaced.

    In addition to my E-M5 II (which despite what gear-heads say, I think is still a perfectly fine camera today), I took my 9mm f/8 FE, new-to-me 25mm f/1.2 PRO, 45mm f/1.8, and 75mm f/1.8. This entire kit (along with two spare batteries and charger) fit in a Lowepro ViewPoint CS 80, which slides in my backpack. It's such a fantastic, small kit to capture behind-the-scenes images, and is far better than a cell phone or small point & shoot.

    All images were edited in DXO PhotoLabAnyway, here are some of the images I managed to capture while at the track. Enjoy, and thanks for looking

    Our car, a Mercedes AMG GT GT3 that runs in IMSA's GTD class, run by Riley Motorsports

    The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE, pitted in the stall next to us, waiting for the green flag for one of the weekend's practice sessions.

    Detail shot of the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS

    Refueling the car before heading to the pre-race grid

    Hanging out on the pre-race grid

    Green flag. T-minus twenty fours hours and counting...

    The #77 Mazda prototype encountered issues early on in the race, forcing its pit crew to run down pit road to get the car, and then push it back down to its pit box

    The #82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 engulfed in the remnants of dry-chem fire extinguishers use to put out a fuel fire that occurred during a pit stop.

    One of our drivers, Adam Christodouluou, a factory Mercedes AMG driver waiting to hop in the car during the night

    Bokeh-madness. A shot of one of our tires, which we named, resting on the pit wall waiting for the next stop before it's put on the car and abused for the next hour.

    A shot of our car out on track, as the morning light begins to relieve us from the darkness of night.

    The GTLM class-leading Ford GT passes the newly debuted BMW M8 on the banked front straight, on its way to a 1-2 finish for the Fords.

    The iconic yellow Corvette Racing C7.R built by Pratt & Miller Engineering, pounding around the track only be to beaten by their American rival, Ford.

    A slow (1/10) shutter speed shot of the BMW M8 taken with my 75mm in the early morning as the sun lights the color seats above the track. I don't know what it is, but I love this image.

    A shot of our final pit stop for fuel and tires. Despite flawless pit stops throughout the race, we came away with a 4th place finish, roughly 3 seconds out of 3rd place. The competition was extremely fierce this year, but it was a good start to the season for the team.
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  2. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    In addition to the above shots, here are a few black and white images converted in Exposure X3 using the Ilford XP2 Super film emulation. I love the high-contrast look this delivers.











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  3. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Beautiful work, Ian.
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  4. Gillymaru

    Gillymaru Mu-43 Veteran

    A great series of photos, captures all the action and emotion of a race meet. It is extremely hard to get shots when you are helping a team, everyone has a job to do and seconds count, you don’t want to be that guy in the way of everyone.
    The choice of the EM 5 was probably the perfect compromise, small and discrete.
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  5. JDS

    JDS Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 11, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    David Schultz
    So good, wow. I've been to a bunch of events and have not come away with shots like these, you have great talent. And I'm sorry, but I think the EM5m2 is awesome...
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  6. coffeecat

    coffeecat Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 4, 2012
    SW England
    Fantastic photographs Ian - thanks for sharing!

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  7. Winmeister

    Winmeister Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 8, 2017
    Very nice pictures man! Great that EM5 Mark II can/does still take awesome.... if you know how to get the best out of it, like you.

    I use EM5 Mark II more than EM1s.
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  8. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thank you @drd1135@drd1135, @coffeecat@coffeecat, and @Winmeister@Winmeister.

    @Gillymaru@Gillymaru, most of these shots were taken either inbetween pit stops when there was some down time, or when there wasn't much for me to help out with around the garages. You're definitely correct that you don't want to be in the way of someone doing their job.

    @JDS@JDS, thank you. Honestly, I think it's more about finding and focusing on details more so than just taking pictures of the cars. Obviously my access helps with getting shots on the pre-grid and in the pit stalls, but you can still get plenty of good shots in the paddock. I find myself enjoying taking pictures of the crew more than the cars themselves though. Everybody always takes pictures of the cars, but few people ever photograph the hard-working crew members.
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  9. DWS

    DWS Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 6, 2014
    Great captures, you and the EM-5 “done good” on a what I am sure was a very enjoyable time! I particularly like the b&w renderings.
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  10. doogie

    doogie Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2016
    Great photos and nice editing. You look like a pro I'm assuming these were shot in RAW and edited in DXO, did they take much work to get them looking this good?

    I have DXO Optics Pro 11 which is pretty similar.

    You would never guess these were taken on M43.
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  11. Great series Ian. What is the trumpet looking thing on the back of the Audi? Is that the fuel tank opening?
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  12. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    @doogie@doogie no pro, just an enthusiast that has been around the sport long enough to have a good eye for it, that’s all.

    Regarding the edits, they were fairly straight forward. I used the Contrast, Microcontrast, Lens Sharpness, Tone Curve, and Highlight/Shadow sliders, along with some Hue/Saturation edits to particular colors. It’s a pretty typical workflow for me. I also used the graduated ND and U-Point local edits that’ve been introduced in DXO PhotoLab. I did use Prime NR as well upon export.

    This is he first big edit I’ve done wth DXO PL instead of LR6, and I must say that I’m very happy with it. The images are so much sharper, and have a nice high-contrast look to them. I’m very happy with the software.
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  13. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thanks @Harvey Melvin Richards@Harvey Melvin Richards . That “trumpet” is where the air wand goes to jack car up using the pneumatic air jack system. It requires ~450psi to run the jacks.
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  14. TNcasual

    TNcasual Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    Knoxville, TN
    Just saying, you used your "lowly" E-M5 instead of the Nikon, but those panning shots are outstanding. I would bet there are many teenagers that would put those up as posters on their walls.

    Also, that Ferrari in the smoke is a marketing piece in waiting.
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  15. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Great job, Ian. Another example of why many if us obsess too much about gear.

    A former racer (and former Daytona Beach resident) myself, I've been resdiscovering sports-endurance racing recently. I find it much more appealing than F1 these days. I also enjoy World Rally when I can see it and I'm still keeping a pilot lit for Indycar racing.
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  16. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Well, to be fair I was shooting the E-M5 II for the panning shots with manual focus, pre-focusing on the racing line, so my keeper rate was pretty darn low. But the ones that were in focus were crazy sharp, the O75 is an incredible lens.

    Thanks Steve. Yes, I laugh when I see these threads asking where the E-M5 III is, and how the E-M5 II is in critical need of an update. IMO it's still a fantastic camera, and despite the old 16MP sensor, I managed to get every shot I wanted, and couldn't see how the 20MP sensor could've made any of them better.

    While I watch F1, there's no denying that there are more compelling racing series out there.
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  17. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Stonking images Ian!!! Love em all!
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  18. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Oct 14, 2010
    Superb job! You are really good. :bravo-009:
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  19. damianmkv

    damianmkv Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Nov 7, 2014
    Surrey, England
    Been waiting for you to post these, Ian - great sets. I love the story of the race that you tell with them :2thumbs:
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  20. ijm5012

    ijm5012 Mu-43 Legend

    Oct 2, 2013
    Pittsburgh, PA
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