This is Part III of my Honda Indy Fan Friday adventures. To see Part I and Part II, please click on the links.
The morning shooting opportunities was kindly provided by Sony Canada but in the afternoon, I was a freelancer once again. I had been lugging around a Nikon D800e with the 200-400mm F4 VRI lens all day in my backpack in the hopes that I could get into one of the fence cut-out shooting positions – sadly as I found out in the morning – those were reserved for the Bib photographers. So off I went in search of an alternative vintage point to shoot from.
The first spot I found was the walking bridge over Lakeshore Blvd. that connects Ontario Place to the Ex. This was an interesting position as the organizations didn’t want people to stand right on top of the track as they were afraid that the fans would drop things onto the fastest portion of the track. This is the fastest portion of the track with cars being able to reach 250 km / h. Any objects hitting the cars or drivers at that speed would be bad news.
However, you were allowed to stand on the portion outside of the track. That was where I positioned myself. I found that the 200-400mm was too much lens for panning shots that close to the action when you were standing right over the track.
I wanted to practice panning and went in search of a better position. I found that in the stands. Here is what I was able to get with this camera and lens combo.
Although it was just a practice day - there were still accidents on the track.
After a long wait - the Indy cars came out.
The home-town favorite - James Hinchcliffe driving the 27 car.
He must have had his car in the Pit as I didn't really see the #27 car go around too many times.
Additional images can be found at my site.