More Speedway Photography

Bringing out the racer photograph grossinger photographyWhen I spotted this car being brought out from the top of the trailer I knew I had a funny caption. Of course the Barnett Harley-Davidson team was very professional and did not drop off the deep end.

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I photographed this with the Nikon D5000 and my walk around lens, the Nikkor 18-200mm. ISO was 400 because this was late in the afternoon and with a lens aperture of f/9 I was able to shoot at 1/320th. The vibration reduction on the Nikkor comes in really handy for this kind of shooting.

dirt track racing photography grossingerClick on image for a better view

The races started around 7pm, so it was starting to get a bit dark. I took this picture with the Nikon D90 and set the ISO to 3200. I don’t worry much about high ISO settings with my Nikons because the noise even at ISO 3200 is very low. My advice is “don’t sweat the ISO – get the picture!” I was shooting with the 18-200mm vr Nikkor set on f/9 in aperture priority and that gave me a shutter speed of 1/500th. Some folks would choose shutter priority when shooting this kind of scene and that’s fine but I like to keep things simple and stay in aperture priority. If I want a faster shutter speed I simply go to a larger lens opening (smaller f/number). I could be perfectly happy if the only choice my camera gave me was aperture priority. The only other shooting mode I use is manual for my studio work.

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I was about 100ft or 30 meters from the action. See those mud balls on the cars? They were on me as well. It’s the price you pay. I was feeling a bit foolish about the mud balls but as I looked around there were about 10 other brave souls watching the race from this close distance and of course they were wearing mud balls as well but I was the only one taking pictures!

into the turn grossinger photography
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I snapped a lot of photos when groups of cars were in the turn, that seemed to give me the best action feeling.

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Rose Garden

Rose Garden Photography

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Made a quick trip to the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden. I don’t do a lot of flowers anymore because everyone else is cranking them out and doing a good job of it.
So I thought of adding a bit of extra to my rose photos.

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I photographed this rose with the Nikon D5000 and the Nikkor 18-200mm lens. In fact, I photographed all images this way. 105mm f/5.3, 1/4000th aperture priority and 200 ISO. I used a sheet of foam with green sparkles I bought at a hobby shop for the background. Be sure to use the largest lens opening (smallest f stop) on your lens. Place the foam about 6 inches (16cm) behind the subject
For this image I used a black piece of foam and photographed at 105mm, f/5.3 1/1600 in aperture priority mode. This is a cool way to create simple backgrounds that don’t compete with your main subject.
One more rose with the sparkling green foam for a background. Same photo stats. It’s a bit more difficult to go for a beautiful bokeh because you have to shoot with the aperture wide open, but I think it makes for a more interesting photo.
Don’t forget to take along a spray bottle of water.
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Our Trip To Oklahoma City

Went to visit with our son and grand kids

The reason for the trip to Oklahoma City was to visit our son Jeff and his family, wife Kathy, daughters Megan, Virginia and the baby twins, Josef and Savannah.

Savanna and Josef!
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End of the trail by James Earle Fraser
This imposing reproduction of one of the most beautiful icons of the American West was for me one of the few interesting displays at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Megan and Virginia are pictured here with part of the statue. I captured this image with my Nikon D90 and the Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The gories are 18mm f6.3 1/640th ISO 800.
Welcome to Oklahoma! Now go back to El Paso
This picture was taken on the last day of winter/1st day of spring.
I snapped this right out of our motel room door. 50mm f/6.3 1/30 ISO 1600
Winter only lasted one day but it was enough to create a doozy of a mess on the roads.
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Today’s Poppy Shoot

Photographing Poppies

The poppies have returned to El Paso. It’s our sure sign of spring. I have been counting the rainfall all winter and finally knew that we would have a bumper crop of poppies.


So, we packed up the dogs and the camera gear and headed out for the poppy fields.

I planned on using the Nikon D90, and Nikon D5000 with the Tokina 11-16mm, the Nikkor 10.5mm fisheye and of course old standby and do everything, the Nikon 18-200mm zoom.

I think I got some really good results with the fisheye and it’s this lens I want to talk about first.

It’s aperture range is from f/2.8 to f/22. At f/22 you get an incredible depth of field.

This picture perfectly illustrates my point.


ISO 400 f/20 1/640
What do you think about this picture? Awesome lens or what?

The lens is extremely small and light. It only weighs a scant 10.7 ounces and is 2.5 inches around and 2.5 inches long.

This is one fine lens and I’m still wondering why it took me so long to buy it.

Here is another picture:

ISO 400 f/20 1/500

I initially visualized using the fisheye for car shows and for special effects but I have so warmed up to this lens I now use it on any subject that is close. It’s minimum focusing distance is a scant 5.5 inches and it gives a true 180 degree view.

My final picture below was taken with the old standby, the 18-200mm zoom. I use this lens for everything. It was the first Nikkor I bought and for good reason. It’s 18-200mm range pretty much takes care of 75% of the shooting.

ISO 400 f/11 1/640 112mm

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Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens

The Nikkor 35mm f/1.8 AF-S DX lens is one of my favorites

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

This has got to be one of my favorite Nikkor lenses. It’s small, light and cheap. Don’t let the low price fool you, this lens even has a focus motor so that it will work with the smaller Nikon DSLRs.


This lens is targeted at “entry level” camera owners such as the D40, D60 and D5000. I personally hate the sales terms “entry level”, or “prosumer” or even professional. Those terms are meant to appeal to egos and boost sales. Nothing more. If your D40 is working for you and you love it then you don’t need a higher priced camera unless you want to stroke your ego for a short time. DSLRs don’t have a long life and cost a fortune.
If a pro needs to be told this and this is pro level then he or she ain’t much of a pro to begin with.
I use this lens with the D5000 almost exclusively in my babe photo shoots because the combination is small and very light. Believe me, after about 3 hours of shooting with a behemoth like the D300, you will welcome the smaller rig and get the same image quality you would with a D300. Going light and nimble is being professional.

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It only weighs 11.2 ounces!

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