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11-13-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Greetings,

I have been taking pictures since I was a kid, with a Brownie, then a 126 film cameras. In the early '70's I picked up a Ricoh 35mm SLR film camera, and some Pentax lenses.

I quickly moved toward using slide film almost exclusively, as it was cheaper in the long run, and I must have thousands of pictures stashed away now.

A few years back I started finding it hard to locate film while traveling, so I looked into digital photography. I was pleased to see that I could get a Pentax digital SLR and use my old film lenses, so I was able to make the change to DSLR's fairly cheaply.

Now I have an *istDL and a K10D, and am gradually expanding my DSLR lens collection.

I'm still trying to figure out how to manipulate the DSLR's to get the photographic results I enjoyed with slide film. I hope to find some answers and guidance here, and share some of my results with others here.

If my user name hasn't given it away, I am into racing, mostly four wheeled motorsports. In addition to shooting racing I have been an amateur road racer for over 20 years in the Pacific Northwest, SCCA and ICSCC.

So hello everybody!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Greetings,

I have been taking pictures since I was a kid, with a Brownie, then a 126 film cameras. In the early '70's I picked up a Ricoh 35mm SLR film camera, and some Pentax lenses.

I quickly moved toward using slide film almost exclusively, as it was cheaper in the long run, and I must have thousands of pictures stashed away now.

A few years back I started finding it hard to locate film while traveling, so I looked into digital photography. I was pleased to see that I could get a Pentax digital SLR and use my old film lenses, so I was able to make the change to DSLR's fairly cheaply.

Now I have an *istDL and a K10D, and am gradually expanding my DSLR lens collection.

I'm still trying to figure out how to manipulate the DSLR's to get the photographic results I enjoyed with slide film. I hope to find some answers and guidance here, and share some of my results with others here.

If my user name hasn't given it away, I am into racing, mostly four wheeled motorsports. In addition to shooting racing I have been an amateur road racer for over 20 years in the Pacific Northwest, SCCA and ICSCC.

So hello everybody!
I'm into motorsports too......if you saw my old photo albums you'd believe me...but unlike you, I'm still shooting film!
My favourite M/S is V8 Supercars, then Nascar, American Muscle Cars...Dodge Challengers etc.....remember "Vanishing Point"?!
Cheers from Aus, Pickles.
11-14-2010, 10:01 AM   #4
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I'm into motorsports too......if you saw my old photo albums you'd believe me...but unlike you, I'm still shooting film!
My favourite M/S is V8 Supercars, then Nascar, American Muscle Cars...Dodge Challengers etc.....remember "Vanishing Point"?!
Cheers from Aus, Pickles.
V8 Supercars. Yes, the Australian version of NASCAR, but on a road course. Way better in my opinion. It takes a lot more skill and focus to run around a course with left and right turns!

North America needs a series like that.

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.....remember "Vanishing Point"?!
Oh yes. One of my favorites from a time when movies were pretty good, even these old "B" movies.

Being from Down Under you probably have had enough of the Mel Gibson Road Warrior series of flicks, eh?

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Another car fan here. Welcome to the forum! Hope to see some of those older racing pictures you have taken.

(NASCAR does road courses sometimes)
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Another car fan here. Welcome to the forum! Hope to see some of those older racing pictures you have taken.
Yes, when I have time to scan them, I will certainly put some up!

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(NASCAR does road courses sometimes)
Um yeah, once yearly at Sears Point (don't they call it Mazda Raceway now? I dislike commercialism.) And they have "adjusted" the layout so much that all the really fun parts are gone.

And then at Watkins Glen, on the short course, which is basically a modified right hand oval.

About 20 years ago they did a test at the Glen to see if they could teach those boys how to run in the rain. Wipers. Rain tires. It was decided that they were better suited to slicks on dry pavement.

Too bad.
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Didn't they run at Road America earlier this year?
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The "Nationwide" series, which is one step below the top series, "Sprint Cup.

The Nationwide series used to be called the Busch series back when the other was called Winston Cup.

Nationwide has stops at several road courses, Elkhart Lake (Road America), Watkins Glen and Montreal.

A buddy of mine has asked me if I want to drive a hauler for one of the teams to all the road course races next year, but I am not sure if they are going to want to pay me as much as I will need to make it worth my while.

The rumor is that they will also have a stop in Mexico next year, and I will not drive to Mexico. Way too dangerous.

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If it paid well, I would be all over that. Especially if they gave you special access to the races.

As far as Mexico goes, I am with you on that one. Pass.
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If it paid well, I would be all over that. Especially if they gave you special access to the races.
Well driving the hauler includes admission to the garages and pits.

I drove a Winston West Series hauler in the early '90's, and a road racing friend of mine bought a used SCCA hauler, but didn't have a CDL, so I have driven that to a few races as well, with the proviso that there is room for my race car.
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