Monday, July 30, 2007

San Jose Grand Prix 2007

Yesterday was the final day of the 2007 San Jose Grand Prix, and also the day of race #9 in the 2007 Champ Car World Series. Two of the Adobe buildings are right on the track so one can get a great view from even the parking garage. I also discovered that my office window offers a pretty decent view (left image). Kim and I arrived about an hour before the big race of the day.

In the first hour there were a few accidents and bumps, including car #11 which had to be towed away (pictured right).

Due to the heat, we went up to my office to watch the next 1/2 hour with the comfort of air conditioning and shelter. Kim wanted a shot of her posing with my camera and lens. She was shocked by how heavy it was, which was surprising to me since I've gotten completely used to it.

We returned to the garage level for the rest of the race which was won by Dutch driver Robert Doornbos (his car is the top picture). Interestingly Doornbos started at 15th, had a small spill early on, yet still managed to win the race.

I actually found that I enjoyed the race much more than I thought. I'm actually really looking forward to it next year (and looking forward to snagging a better spot to shoot from).

I shot the race with my 1Ds2, 300mm f/2.8 bare and with the 1.4x and 2x tele-converters. All my images are in my Picasa Web Gallery.
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