Years from now, when some of today’s events are but distant memories, some of the most fascinating photographic collections will be those that capture not only the on-track action but what it felt like to attend the event as well. As any true race fan can tell you, a day at the track is about much more than just the race itself. You can’t experience that simply by viewing tightly-cropped photos of race cars at speed or by watching a race on television.
It’s for that reason that IndianaRacing.net’s “official” photos are taken for really only one purpose: to share them. While it would be nice to make every shot a work of art - perfectly composed, exposed, and processed - it simply isn’t practical for my needs or the rapidly-changing environment in which I work. So when editing, I make rather large allowances for photos that though technically imperfect, help to tell a story, capture a moment, or record something that’s just visually interesting. My ultimate goal is to allow the viewer to see the same things I did when I was there, not to create an online portfolio comprising only my very best work.
That said, the photos that appear in the “Photo Spotlight” are some of my favorites. They might be good technically, they might capture a special moment, or they might be a good representation of a particular event. Or, they might be none of these things. And they might even be someone else’s photo that I’d like to feature.
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