Small Cars, Big Lens
No fuel and complex mechanisms needed. These soap box racecars rolled down the street, gravity assisted. During the 4th of July Holiday, I had a chance to watch my nephew race in Frostburg, a small town in Western Maryland. I used my trusty f/2.8, 70-200 mm. zoom lens to capture this one. I used the focal length near the 200 mm. telephoto end, to compress the view. That way, I can see the start and the end of the strip. To get the focus right smack at the racecars I practiced focusing on the cars that drove by before this round started. By the time they took off, I knew which part of the image would be sharp. I wanted to blur the foreground, which were the young ladies who waved the flag at the finish line. It helped focus the eye on the racecars, which was quite a challenge in a busy photo. This was easier to do with a larger aperture and a telephoto lens. Another trick I used here was to frame the cars in the photo by using the crowd and the hail bails, and again, the foreground. That way, the small subject did not get lost in the big crowd.