Thursday, October 27, 2016

Eyeing the Win

"Daniel Hemric, driver of the #19 DrawTite Ford, sits in his truck during practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series fred's 250 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 21, 2016 in Talladega, Alabama."

The greatest thing about sports photography is that the little things can make everything seem completely new.

For motorsports, while drivers always race at the same tracks, the drivers change, the sponsors are modified, and the outcome is always different.

So even when a photographer goes into an assignment maybe feeling things will be repetitive, there is one small moment that will make the job feel world's apart.

For Talladega, the most obvious change for this year's fall race was that there was no big one. No major on track incident that would shake up the playoff field. But during my assignments, it was a brief period of light on a driver that made an rather busy picture turn into a studio portrait shoot.

As I walked through the Camping World Truck Series garage shooting drivers waiting to take to the track, the light perfectly hitting driver Daniel Hemric in the eyes - caught my eye.

With the sun to his back, his crew opened his hood of his truck bouncing light back onto his face, helmet.

While this is a typical image in our line of work, the low angle through the net to get a clean white sky background made this loud, controlled chaotic scene feel more like a quiet peaceful studio session.


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