Eve of Destruction 2! This time, it’s not Eve of Destruction 1! 😎 The event is pure awesome! Last year it was a combine smash up derby, this year, a truck and trailer figure 8 crash up! hehhhehe… But not only is there the main event, there is also lots of other amazing performances from exploding cars to MX stunt dudes to car flips to truck pulls. But I wasn’t there for any of it. My job was to take some pictures of the Lord of the Speedway, Byron Fichter. He’s an Estevan area photographer who specializes in landscapes and motor sports. His work at the Estevan Motor Speedway is exceedingly well known and he knows his craft. Be sure to check out his images at his website ByronFichter.com. I had fun following Byron around and taking some shots of him in action.For a guy who is known for his work at the track, it’s nice to actually get some shots of him at the track. 😎 People were saying to him “Are you the guy from the track?” Now they will see the photos and know. It was lots of fun shooting Byron and being able to nab a few shots of the event. The MX bikes were 80 feet in the air when doing their stunts! Unreal! I’m glad I was on the ground with a camera. 🙂
OK, so the title makes it sound like a Western. Who doesn’t like Westerns?! . . . OK, OK, don’t answer that. 😎 On the weekend we did a photo shoot with a really cool family in the always cool spot of Roche Percee, SK. The caves that formed naturally in the sandstone have been a bit of a tourist magnet for quite some time. And, it is very cool. If you can’t goto Moab, why not check out Roche Percee? 😉 This was a really exciting shoot because I got the chance to shoot fellow photographer & Nikonian, Byron Fichter and his family. Byron is known for his amazing work at the Estevan Motor Speedway. Ironically, I first “met” Byron at the 2011 Eve of Destruction when I took a picture of him taking pictures. We later met again on Facebook talking about photography and such. This year, I finally got to meet him in person for not only this family shoot but also some portrait work of him at 2012 Eve of Destruction. It was a riot and the kids sure had a blast playing in the caves. Very cool spot for photos!
Last night in Estevan was the “Eve of Destruction” at the Estevan Motor Speedway. We had ourselves a little Combine Demo Derby & Car Rollover Contest. Honestly, who WOULDN’T want to come out and see a dozen or more old combines smash into each other losing tires and parts until they can’t move anymore?! 😆 It was pure pandemonium! Last night I was there as a spectator and I never left the stands. I was totally envious of Byron Fichter who was on the track getting the mad shots uninhibited by fence and other spectators. Check out his stuff on Facebook. It was a lot of fun, though to be honest, motor sports aren’t really up my alley. They do provide awesome opportunities for photos though, which is always a treat. The car flip n’ smash was a riot too, as well as all the moto cross kids. They did a fantastic job to the crowds applauding approval. So the next time you get the urge to drive your combine into a fence, the local CO-OP, or another combine, DO IT! Charge $20.00 bucks a head and people will come for miles around to witness your carnage. Throw on a chicken suit for added fun. Why not?! 8)
Photo Geek Insights: This situation was incredibly brutal for taking photos. All there was for light was the sodium vapour lamps way up on posts to illuminate the track. When you have no light, you have to bump up the ISO. In my case, I was not shooting f/2.8 glass which would have helped tons. I was stuck at around f/5.6 which necessitated me shooting at ISO 2000 for many shots! 😯 On a DX format camera, that’s a recipe for noisy, grainy shots. But, it allows you to get the shots. Another example of your pixels not being pretty, but you’ll at least get pictures. I was shooting manually too, purposely underexposing the photos by 2 stops so I could maintain shutter speed to freeze action. To stop the MX bikes, I thought I’d need at least 1/200, which is fairly quick for no light. Thankfully we have post processing that allows one to salvage the shots. It would be an ideal environment for strobe actually, but as a spectator, you’re doing the best you can with what you have to work with.