I posted an entry back in March entitled “New Season – New Focus”, and since then have hardly done anything with this website! So much for new focus, I’ve been anything but focused on this blog!
So what’s happened?
Well lack of time mostly, I’ve been busy working, racing, doing all the usual day to day stuff and just haven’t had time to come to this blog and sit down and write.
But things have cooled off now, not least because my step-son, Damian, has decided to stop racing for the remainder of this season. He had 3 big crashes in 3 consecutive races, resulting in £1,000’s of damage, and with moving house and currently not having his own workshop this has proved too much for him to continue racing. He fully intends to commit to next season, but for now the house is his priority, and I don’t blame him.
What it means for me though is no events to go to lately to express myself through my photography. I find that I’m actually not that big a fan of oval track racing, cars going round in circles is a bit limiting, and my interest and enjoyment of it is / was mostly as a result of Damian’s participation.
That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed taking photos this year, the Legends formula are at least one of the most interesting, colourful, and exciting formulas on the ovals, and from time to time they present great photo opportunities.
I’ve been attempting to hone my skills, in particular striving for that slow shutter blurred look I find so difficult to pull off but so rewarding when I do.
I’ve also been having fun editing some of these images and exploring new techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop.
But at the end of the day there are only so many angles available of cars going round in circles, especially from outside that circle, and some of the oval tracks we’ve attended are terrible for photography, with large ugly safety fencing presenting the greatest challenge. Of course the fencing is there for the safety of spectators, including me, but it’s just in the way and in my face and I’ve found there’s usually only 1 or 2 sweet spots at each track, and even within the confines of a short season I’m already repeating myself and getting bored!
I guess I need new subject matter, but right now I feel myself flagging, and not really sure where to go or what to do next!