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The racing season is on

The racing season is on
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Copyright: Robert Calve (perryhooter) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2584 W: 853 N: 6167] (27938)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-14
Categories: Transportation, Event, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSI, EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-11 17:17
Viewed: 1500
Points: 12
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The Stock car racing season is starting this weekend with the Daytona 500 in Florida.

To commemorate this race, I dig in my files from the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivieres. Last year was the 40th anniversary of the GP. For the occasion the 1995 Indy Car Champion,the 1995 Indy 500 Winner , 1997 F1 World Champion , and 2008 24hrs LeMans runner up was invited to join the Party . He accepted gladly, returning in a certain way to his roots, and his father's roots too where Gilles Villeneuve impressed so much the F1 drivers when he won against the F1 World Alan Jones and James Hunt in 1976. later he was invited by Ron Dennis to join the ranks. in Silverstone for the 1977 British GP. He finished fourth. McLaren did not sign him for 1978. But Enzo Ferrari did to make him Carlos Reuteman team mate for Ferrari. The rest is history. Jacques was born and raised travelling with his father living in the motorhome near the track while his father was racing across North America.

Here Andrew Ranger ( Car 27 ), double champion of the NASCAR Canadian Tire serie choose the No. 27 , specifically in memory of Jacque's father ( the Ferrari No. 27 he was driving when he crashed in 1982 at the Belgium GP in Zolder during the qualify session).

Technically , the photo is not great , I know. But it was the only moment through the day both cars passed so close to each other during the whole weekend. It was during the qualify session. Jacques (No. 7) just finished his fast lap , while Andrew came out of the pits , and was now passing ahead of his team mate in preparation of his own fast lap. We were at sunset. The sun as you can see, was directly in front of me, and I had of course a fence between us. Tips to improve shootong such shot are more than welcome.

But I like the moment, the event location marked by the sign in the back & the synchronism. This is why I opted for a fast shutter speed to get the sign clear , no panning intended here. The use of the flash would have only highlighted the fence....

Enjoy the race this weekend !
Unfortunately, there is no canadian this year at the Daytona 500 :(

PS. I had the priviledge to talk to Jacques Villeneuve after the qualify session, and he even signed the replica of his helmet I brought with me that day.

Jacques qualified 5th to finish 4th in the race and Andrew qualified 3rd to win the race on Sunday. A great weekend for both drivers. Jacques had a lot of fun without interefering in the Series Championship. Andrew finally won his second Championship in the 3 year history of the Nascar Canadian division.

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thanks for information

une brillante information Robert,

belle mise en valeur par l'encadrement aussi

d, ile de la Réunion

Hello Robert,

good moment to capture the teammates. You had to work in difficult (harsh) light. And we both know the fence is there for safety reasons but for the pictures it s%^#s. :-d
Grtzz. Nildo

I don´t see any problems with this picture, on the contrary - the cars aligned like this and the sun reflecting from their tops are very nice. Motion was well frozen and you can see them clearly. well done.
the fence....nothing you could do about it and it doesn´t interfere with the action.
Nice shot.

Ciao Robert

Nice effects of car racing.
Without doubt, a beautiful shot of action
and they are competing neck and neck
this race.
great in the shot, super colors and details!
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Nice and good composition of colors.

Best regards,


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-02-13 10:03]

Bon timing! Superbe image malgré la clôture! Bravo!


Hi Robert , interesting documentary in videos , i could not help but notice how Jacques appears so young in one of the videos he had long hair at one point in there , a kid , Jacques's father Gilles was illustrious too , so untimely his death i mean i can imagine him retired today with some championships wins in his back pocket well it just did not turn out that way unfortunately , there is a museum that he has deserved so much in Bertierville which i have not seen yet i know nothing about Grand Prix or car racing in general really but you do and this shot conveys the spirit and the feeling of sensationalism about rivalry during the race proper as shown here ,one is slightly ahead of the other ,it has got to be exciting for the fans attending undeniably , is it on purpose that you stood there and caught the big Quebec advertising board in the frame , hi hi , hey whatever side we stand politically at the racecourse it's not what we have in mind , lol, as Quebecers we can be proud of the Montreal Grand Prix whose return means big buisiness for the city ! I enjoyed the videos a lot , well documented image and thanks for sharing the moment ,

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